Katiti Kironde: The First Black Cover Girl

I thought we’d start with a little history.

One of the most popular posts here is the one about Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women Competition. I was fascinated by what I found when I did some background research on the contest. For example, this:

Katiti Kironde, a college student at Memorial University of Newfoundland who would later go on to become a fashion designer, graced the cover of Glamour Magazine in August 1968 for their contest, then called “Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 best-dressed college girls”. She made history as the first black woman to grace the cover of a major women’s magazine, making her the first black cover girl.

The daughter of a prominent diplomat and former Ugandan Ambassador to the United Nations from Uganda, Ms Kironde remembers receiving ” a lot of nasty notes” for being on the cover, although Glamour magazine sales hit records sales that month.

These days, the list of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women showcases women with very diverse backgrounds, but if there is one thing they have in common, it’s the desire to make a difference in a very huge way. Many of them have even already started making waves in their fields. The winners include athletes, musicians, aspiring doctors and advocates. You can check out their stories here.

Images from MiniMadMOD60s



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2 Responses to Katiti Kironde: The First Black Cover Girl

  1. I never knew about this. Thank you for posting such valuable information!

  2. That African Girl says:

    You’re welcome!

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