The 15 Most Influential Black Style Icons

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  • 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
  • Angela Davis
  • Iman
  • Grace Jones

Diahann Carroll

Whether the small screen beauty donned big shoulder pads or flattering, vibrant pant suits with sharp heels, the curly-haired Carroll showed that confidence and grace are the most gorgeous traits of all.

(Photo: CBS /Landov)

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