Peggy became a model as the result of being a student, as she explains. Her career took off in a very uncanny way, without a portfolio or an agent. Preparing for shows as a student, she would visit many of the showrooms in the fashion district, and the designers would ask her to do their shows. That is where the press and Vogue first discovered Peggy. She said that it was at one of the shows that Vogue asked to see her book, “I had to go back to the dorm and get a friend of mine, James Shrugs. He was a freshman at Pratt, and he did my entire portfolio in black and white. I wore a tam and a turtleneck and Vogue loved it.”
Before Peggy finished college at Pratt, she had graced two Vogue Magazine covers and one Mademoiselle, besides spending her junior and senior years flying back and forth to Japan as the first lingerie model for Vassarette in Tokyo.
Boasting a twenty-five year career in the fashion industry and a legendary status as the second African American high fashion model to appear on the cover of Vogue, Peggy Dillard-Toone is much more than just a pretty face.