The 15 Most Influential Black Style Icons

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  • 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
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Billie Holiday
  • Eartha Kitt


The Somalian refugee turned supermodel not only influenced the fashion industry as a familiar face on the runway (and one of the first Black supermodels), but also inspired designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Gianni Versace. After retiring, Iman developed a line of cosmetics for skin colors underserved by the makeup industry.

Iman (Photo: Rose Hartman/WireImage)

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