I’ve been going through my stash of early ’70s Glamour magazines that I had the excellent foresight to save. Okay, I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to fashion magazines, but I am so glad that I have them. I feel that they provide a truer snapshot of the trends of the time, rather than any fashion history book.
On cover after cover, there seemed to be the same white, blonde, blue-eyed, All-American models: Cheryl Tiegs, Cybill Shepherd, Evelyn Kuhns, and Christie Brinkley. With Cheryl and Cybill being on the most covers. Then, finally, there was the wonderful November 1970 cover of Diane Washington; a gorgeous black model with an Afro and a natural, no-makeup look. I know Beverly Johnson became a supermodel later in the ’70s, and was on many covers, but the lovely Diane was first.
Even now, 45 years later, a black cover girl on a fashion magazine is a relatively rare occurrence. I am just glad that they finally had the sense to shake up the blue-eyed blonde assembly-line parade in 1970!