10 Historical Black Women in Fashion

We honor those that came before us in the world of style.

Grace Jones - These remarkable women are the epitome of style. We're talking individuals with a true sense of beauty and who have made their mark on the timeline of fashion. Meet our fierce, fabulous and fashionable icons. By Metanoya Z. Webb  Madonna, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj ain?t got nothing on Grace Jones. The Jamaican-born entertainer birthed provocateur and since her, no one has been able to do it quite like her.   (Photo: Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Grace Jones - These remarkable women are the epitome of style. We're talking individuals with a true sense of beauty and who have made their mark on the timeline of fashion. Meet our fierce, fabulous and fashionable icons. By Metanoya Z. Webb Madonna, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj ain’t got nothing on Grace Jones. The Jamaican-born entertainer birthed provocateur and since her, no one has been able to do it quite like her.  (Photo: Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Pam Grier - When you think of Blaxploitation and badass '70s fashion, it’s hard not to include Ms. Foxy Brown in that conversation. Her flawless fro and righteous attitude was present in everything she put on. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

Josephine Baker  - Everyone from Rihanna to Tyra Banks has channeled the late Josephine Baker. The Jazzy beauty, known in her day as Bronze Venus, is the matriarch of flapper girl style.  (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Josephine Baker - Everyone from Rihanna to Tyra Banks has channeled the late Josephine Baker. The Jazzy beauty, known in her day as Bronze Venus, is the matriarch of flapper girl style. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Diana Ross  - The remarkable singer, actress and producer is a legendary member of our style hall of fame. From her glitzy gowns to her big hair, the multi-faceted entertainer has always been drawn to fashion and beauty.    (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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Diana Ross - The remarkable singer, actress and producer is a legendary member of our style hall of fame. From her glitzy gowns to her big hair, the multi-faceted entertainer has always been drawn to fashion and beauty.  (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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Lena Horne - This Renaissance woman was committed to opulence and glamour with perfect hair and makeup and a covetable closet stocked with brocade and silk chiffon. (Photo: Fred Ramage/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

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Billie Holiday - "Lady Day," as she was later to be known, is the queen of lady like attire. The cluster of gardenias regularly blooming in her hair is a testament to her unique, elegant style. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Beverly Johnson - From Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar to Glamour and Vogue, Beverly Johnson's face has appeared on all the top fashion and beauty magazines. Not to mention, she?s the first Black model to appear on American Vogue.    (Photo: Cosmopolitan Magazine, February 1976)

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Beverly Johnson - From Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar to Glamour and Vogue, Beverly Johnson's face has appeared on all the top fashion and beauty magazines. Not to mention, she’s the first Black model to appear on American Vogue.   (Photo: Cosmopolitan Magazine, February 1976)

Iman Abdulmajid - Iman became an international supermodel in the 1970s and then went on to create the first cosmetics and skincare collection for women of color.   (Photo: Rose Hartman/WireImage)

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Iman - The style icon has been slaughtering runways, red carpets and magazine covers for nearly 40 years — and for this alone she’s one of the flyest black figures in fashion. (Photo: Rose Hartman/WireImage)

Angela Davis - The freedom fighter, scholar and author shared her love for Black pride and solidarity by wearing her towering Afro ? a sign of self-acceptance and strength. Now, that?s beautiful.  (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Angela Davis - The freedom fighter, scholar and author shared her love for Black pride and solidarity by wearing her towering Afro — a sign of self-acceptance and strength. Now, that’s beautiful. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Celia Cruz - Cuban-born Cruz may be celebrated for her dazzling stage performances and infectious Afro-Caribbean tunes, but it?s her distinctive features, statement hair and unique style choices that have us singing her praise.  (Photo: REUTERS/Handout /Landov)

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Celia Cruz - Cuban-born Cruz may be celebrated for her dazzling stage performances and infectious Afro-Caribbean tunes, but it’s her distinctive features, statement hair and unique style choices that have us singing her praise. (Photo: REUTERS/Handout /Landov)