Saturday, 18 September 2010
Eccentric,mercurial,complex,contradictory.Just a few of the words that describe Donyale Luna, the first black supermodel.Donyale was born Peggy Freeman in America in the late 40's, by the sixties she'd cleverly and carefully constructed the persona of Donyale Luna.An evasive other worldly creature that ran rings around the press and always gave completely different answers to the same questions.They were fascinated by her racial identity which made her uncomfortable. She fed this curiousity, often claiming to have some chinese, indian or irish ancestry.Nobody ever really knew. As well as being Warhol's muse, she was also an actress and friend of Salvador Dali. Her filmography is avant garde.She starred in films produced by Andy Warhol, Fredirico Fellini and Otto Preminger. In the movie Skidoo she featured as the mistress of God played by Groucho Marx. A relative described Luna as being " A very weird child, even from birth, living in a wonderland,a dream" She crawled on her hands and knees on the catwalks, loved life and her brilliantly bizzarre comments include: "I'm from the moon baby!" "I'm seven feet tall, I can see out of my third eye and I eat rats." She died in Rome after a drug overdose.