- Lupita Nyong’o
- Nyong’o poses with her Oscar in 2014.
- Michelle Obama
- Obama attends the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball in 2013.
- Diana Ross
- Ross performs in Dublin, Ireland.
- Coretta Scott King
- King at an anti-war demonstration in New York’s Central Park in 1968.
- Lena Horne
- Horne at her penthouse apartment in New York, Dec. 17, 1964.
- Grace Jones
- Jones performs at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, July of 2009. Jones has led a singular career as a style icon, disco queen, avant-garde rocker, Bond girl, provocateur and sphinx.
- Josephine Baker
- Baker in a banana skirt from the Folies Bergère production “Un Vent de Folie” in 1926.
As Black History Month coincides with New York, London, and Milan Fashion Weeks, The Daily Beast has put together a tribute to some of the most influential black female fashion icons, past and present. The list includes modern fashion icons such as actress Lupita Nyong’o, the Oscar-winning star of 12 Years A Slave who was named most Beautiful Woman in the World by People magazine. Michelle Obama also earns a spot, as the first black First Lady has been known to cause brands to sell out after she wears them and has twice graced the cover of Vogue. There are trailblazers on the list too, such as Diahann Carroll, who in 1966 became the first black woman to appear as lead in a television series in a non-servant role as the star of Julia, and Coretta Scott King, the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who as a trained classical singer abandoned her career to fight for civil rights but continued to dress like the elegant star she would have become. And of course, no such list would be complete without Diana Ross, who as the lead of the Supremes became one of the first black women to achieve international superstardom in the television age. These women are just a few of the many on the list who earned stardom, not just in their fields, but as iconic examples of attractiveness and sophistication.
Read the full story at The Daily Beast.