At the early stages of her career, Dana launched SCRUGGS Magazine — a print publication dedicated to her vision of the male form. The magazine was her way to create editorial and creative content because none of the magazines she approached would hire her. She wrote and photographed all the content herself and the seminal issue became more akin to her visual diary and personal manifesto.
After self-assigning for almost six years, Dana was offered the opportunity to shoot ESPN’s Body Issue, which was her first breakthrough in the industry. Synonymously, Dana then became the 1st Black Female photographer to shoot an athlete for the Body Issue in its 10-year history. Since then, Dana has further broken down barriers in the industry by becoming the 1st Black person to photograph the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in its 50-year history.
Dana’s unique vision of the human form continues to be utilized by many brands and publications globally.