The 15 Most Influential Black Style Icons

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  • 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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  • Nina Simone

Eartha Kitt

With perfect hair and an hourglass figure to die for, the sultry cabaret singer-actress Kitt grew to embody the Catwoman role she landed in the 1960s television series Batman. She immediately became synonymous with the role and her sultry style and trademark growl became imitated worldwide.

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