Katiti Kironde: Glamour Magazine's First Black Cover Model (PHOTO)

Glamour's First Black Cover Model!

In celebration of Black History Month we're looking back at groundbreaking moments in fashion, beauty and beyond. There are plenty of firsts, little-known facts and milestones that deserve to be highlighted--so we're doing just that!

WHO: Katiti Kironde

THE MAJOR MOMENT: In August 1968, Kironde became the first woman of color to ever grace the cover of Glamour magazine. Kironde, who was 18-years-old at the time and an undergraduate at Harvard University, applied for Glamour's "Top 10 Best Dressed College Girls" competition and won the highest honor. The issue was not only a milestone for the then 30-year-old publication, but it was also the first time that any black women had been featured on the cover of a mainstream women's fashion magazine in the United States. Kironde, the daughter of a Ugandan diplomat, wore a crisp white shirt, smart paisley printed scarf and pearl post earrings for the historic photo.

FAB FACT: Selling more than two million copies worldwide, Kironde's Glamour issue remains the magazine's best-selling issue of all time.

FAST FORWARD: After graduating from Harvard Kironde pursued a career in fashion--spending the next 30 years on the design and production side of the industry for a handful of major brands, including Laura Ashley and T.J. Maxx. She eventually launched her own clothing line, Katiti, only offering a selection of the perfect white button-down shirt. And in 2010, Kironde taught Harvard University's first-ever Introduction to Fashion course.

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