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
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Billie Holiday

Jazz singer Holiday was known for accessorizing her hair with flowers and wearing chandelier earrings, cocktail rings and pearls. She also loved black dresses and topping it all off with a fur coat or other statement piece.

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