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

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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