Cindy Bruna

NEW YORK NY - NOVEMBER 13: Model Cindy Bruna poses backstage

Bruna in 2013, photo by FashionStock/

Place of Birth: Saint-Raphaël, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

Date of Birth: 27 September, 1994

*Italian (father)
*Congolese (mother)

Cindy Bruna is a French fashion model. She is known as the first black model to be accorded a Calvin Klein exclusive.

Her father, Stefano Bruna, was Italian, from Piedmont. Her mother, Eléonore, is Congolese, from Brazzaville. Her parents met while her father lived in the Congo, and she grew up in France. A picture of Cindy with her father can be seen here. A picture of Cindy with her mother can be seen here.

Regarding her African heritage and how it is perceived in the modelling industry, Cindy has stated:

It’s not easy for black girls—everybody knows that. There are usually only three of us in a show at most. I never felt like I had to fight anything because of the color of my skin—it’s my skin, and I can’t change its color. But it’s also not easy because they only have a couple of spots for girls who are black. And then you wonder if they picked you because you are black. But I think it’s changing, and I’m happy to represent that.

One of Cindy’s grandmothers is named Eugé­nie.


Information about, and picture of, Cindy’s family –

26 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Her parents are Stefano Bruna and Eléonore. She has a grandmother named Eugé­nie.

    Information and picture of Cindy’s family:

  2. Samiiraa says:

    It’s funny how “first blacks” are always biracial people. Please stop …

    • alexgxo says:

      I first heard about her a couple of years ago being called a black model. One look at her and I knew she was mixed.

      Now.. Maybe if she was 3/4 black+ I’d call her black because she’s end up looking mostly “black” and will be seen as such.. But this girl looks obviously mixed that it’s astonishing they called her black without mentioning her white side.

      • fuzzybear44 says:

        That’s because that’s how they see her. Also as you see, It’s how she ID’s herself

        Quote(Maybe if she was 3/4 black+ I’d call her black because she’s end up looking mostly “black” and will be seen as such.. )

        What if one or both of the a girls parents had Caucasoid phenotypes, and that was pass down to her, yet she still was only 25% white. Would you still call the girl black? I’m asking, because I know plenty of people you would swear were FGM’s, but are not. They just inherited traits from down the line. I’m just saying, because I see this all the time, and the girls always say they are black

        • alexgxo says:

          Well she ain’t american and her mother is straight from Africa (not East/North Africa) so it’s very unlikely that she has that much if any caucasoid blood. Besides wouldn’t that esentially he mgm people in a nutshell? I guess that’s where it gets conflicting. But you are what you look like. Look at everyone judging Halsey whatever her name was..

          But it’s weird. Its not just American biracials, even some european biracials seem to identify as black.

        • Multiethnicchick says:

          Not everyone is racist and sees mixed people as black. Most people see mixed people as mixed. Americans don’t because they’re idiotic. That’s why they still have so many issues with race.

          • fuzzybear44 says:


            Quote(Americans don’t because they’re idiotic. That’s why they still have so many issues with race.)

            Come on now stop trying to make it look like only America has this problem. Anywhere they have so-called civilization they have this racial problem. To speak on that, racists hate mixed people, far more than they hate full black, so even if you’re seen as mixed, they going to hate you

    • stlucas says:

      That’s because the “first black” statement doesn’t refer only to ethnicity, but social and economic conditions as well.

      • passingtime85 says:

        It has to do with anti-miscegenation laws and stuff like the Jim Crow laws, especially the later adopted edict of the one drop rule. Anyone in the US with any African heritage for a long time was considered to be black in the eyes of the law. Many people still hold onto those old ideas of racial makeup.

        • fuzzybear44 says:

          But first off, she calls herself black. She has no American ancestry, so she was never exposed to the one drop rule, which by the way was rarely if ever really enforced. all a person had to do in the past,was moved to another state , and presto change-o they’re white. Also she’s not the first one to make that comment. If you ever listen to some of these biracial models, they don’t say it’s hard being a biracial model, they say it’s hard being a black model.

          • alexgxo says:

            I think it’s because of the whole stigma about being mixed. Being mixed is shoved down American throats as being superior yet many mixed people seem to talk about conflicting identity and all that mixed race tears.

            So I guess mixed people just pick one side and go from there as seen in the case of a lot of mulatto children..

          • fuzzybear44 says:


            Quote(So I guess mixed people just pick one side and go from there as seen in the case of a lot of mulatto children.. )

            the way things are going, in the next few generations, every black person in this country genetically will be a mulatto. The funny thing is, that a lot of people around the world, look at all African Americans as mulattoes now.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      well you should noted, that it’s not just black people that call those biracial people the “first blacks” . plus the “first blacks” anything are in most cases not biracial people but mgm’s

      • Samiiraa says:

        She identify as black because she knows that black women will worship her as a mixed woman, because she knows that the media prefer a miex woman over a black woman to represent black people.

        • Samiiraa says:

          Identifies* mixed*

        • fuzzybear44 says:

          Well you might be right about the media. However all the worshiping in the world from black women want get her anymore shows than industry wants her to have, like she said, only three get in at a time . So just maybe despite what you believe, she has a mind of her own,sees herself as a black woman.

  3. ArnyDiaz says:

    And because of her Italian heritage she has become a model, not because she is black.

  4. ArnyDiaz says:

    LOL, she does not even look black, she looks Hispanic.

    • alexgxo says:

      Lol I saw her side profile and looked at more pics of her. Save for her skin tone and I assume natural hair texture most of her features lean towards the European side.

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