In celebration of Black History Month, instrumental leaders and trailblazers are often acknowledged in the realms of political and social change. But just as there are many instrumental figures in these roles, there are also a variety of influential black leaders in style. These style icons have set trends, graced magazine covers and displayed personalized taste that still serve as inspiration for some of our fashion choices. Some made a conscious choice to be style blazers, while others did it effortlessly with no intention. We discussed our favorite hair mavens the other day, now it’s time to acknowledge the fashionistas.
From the style icons of the past to present day trendsetters making their marks for years to come, these women all share one commonality: they influence style.
Sequin, satin, and lace were all favorites of Diana Ross. Her style represented unapologetic Hollywood glamour. From the big, bold hairstyles to the sparkling diamonds adorning her fingers and often her body, Diana Ross’s style is fitting for the Hollywood diva she was, and still is. Her style, just like her music, is why she is one of entertainment’s biggest icons. I know I wasn’t the only one drooling over her attire in Mahogany!
The FLOTUS has not only become an icon by becoming the first black First Lady in the White House but also because of the chic attire she wears regularly. She has easily become a style icon in her own right. Donning an array of looks from specially mad couture gowns by Jason Wu to ready-to-wear to wear brands like J. Crew, our First Lady makes everything look classy, effortlessly. Mrs. Obama has quickly become the White House’s modern day Jackie O.
Besides being a stunning supermodel who has graced the covers of some of the most notable fashion magazines and walked the runways of many of the most famous designers’ shows, Iman is equally known for her personal style. The Somali-born model exudes elegance and grace, and her style reflects just that.
Grace Jones’ style reflects her personality: fun, bold, and clearly over the top. The singer, model, and actress could arguably be considered one of the first women to merge sex and fashion. Becoming a muse to the nationally recognized artist, Andy Warhol, Grace Jones’ style served as inspiration for many designers and artists all over.