WHO WAS THE FIRST BLACK MODEL TO COVER VOGUE MAGAZINE? HOW TALL WAS SHE? NAME ONE MOVIE SHE APPEARED IN...ANSWER: Donyale Luna was an American model and actress. In 1966, she became the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine, She also appeared in several underground films. She was 6′2 and sassy. Donyale Luna died in 1979, She was just 33 years old.