The 15 Most Influential Black Style Icons

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  • 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
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Billie Holiday
  • Eartha Kitt
  • Lena Horne

Grace Jones

Jones embodied the word fierce. With a forceful attitude and fine cheekbones, Jones was feminine and yet dominant. Her 80s style, comprised of flat tops and lots of leather, inspired artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Jean Paul Goude.

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