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Nina Simone

Inspired by Black History Month, we remember the Black women who have changed fashion history with their impeccable style. See who made our list of 15 influential African-American style icons.

Nina Simone was determined to be authentic not only in her music, but also her style. She either wore her hair natural or dressed it in scarves and prints that referred to her roots. Rather than lather on the make-up, Simone dressed up with bold jewelry and knew how to accentuate her favorite body parts, which in her case were her toned shoulders.

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