A black haircare and cosmetics industry trailblazer, Madam C.J. Walker was the first African-American female millionaire. "I got my start by giving myself a start," the daughter of former slaves who was born on a Louisiana plantation often said. She revolutionized beauty with the invention of Madam Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower, a scalp-moisturizing and healing formula that combatted hair loss.
(Photo: A'Lelia Bundles/Madam Walker Family Archives/madamcjwalker.com)