The 15 Most Influential Black Style Icons

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  • Nina Simone
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Billie Holiday
  • Eartha Kitt
  • Lena Horne
  • Angela Davis
  • Iman
  • Grace Jones
  • Donna Summer
  • Diana Ross
  • Diahann Carroll
  • Chaka Khan
  • Beverly Johnson
  • Ruby Dee
  • Naomi Sims

Dorothy Dandridge

Dandridge embraced her femininity, accessorizing classy ensembles with beautiful handbags and jewelry while accenting her slim figure with belts and scarves. Her style choices were always tasteful, and most would still be considered stylish today.

(Photo: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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