The 15 Most Influential Black Style Icons

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

Naomi Sims

Sims’ elegant looks, with her signature ballerina bun, in the late sixties won her covers on Life and Ladies' Home Journal and threw away the notion that all Black models had to be typecast as wild and exotic.

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