Ever since an ESSENCE.com staffer had the pleasure of seeing Diana Ross in concert last week--seven costume changes, and all--we've been having a major Diana moment. Simply put, she is the diva to end all divas! Impossibly gorgeous and relentlessly glamorous, Ms. Ross set the standard for Black beauty back in the Sixties and continues to dazzle the world, today. In honor of the Supreme-turned-solo-star-turned-actress-turned-icon, let's take a look back at some of Ms. Ross' most iconic beauty moments.
Diana's smooth, sleek hair is always a winner in our minds.
In the '60's, girl groups were all the rage…but Diana Ross and The Supremes were the end-all be-all. With their elaborate bouffant wigs, spangly, high-glamour gowns and “Motown charm school” airs, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and later, Cindy Birdsong (pictured here) were the beauty ideal for a generation of Black girls. Back then, it was all about heavy black liquid liner, rows of faux lashes and pale pink lipstick.
Diana Ross’s late-70s casual look was stellar. Think fluffy, hot-rollered hair, mile-long faux lashes and major lipstick. All glamour, all the time…
In 1970, Diana Ross left the Supremes to become a solo star—and she found instant success. Here, in one of her most iconic photographs, she strikes an old Hollywood pose with deeply sculpted eyes and pulled back hair.
After her Oscar-nominated role in “Lady Sings the Blues,” Ross was considered a major Hollywood player! Here, she relaxes on set in a easy-breezy bob, tons of mascara and casual lipgloss.
In a 1970s photo session, Diana poses with a tumble of bouncy tresses, her signature spiky faux-lashes and elegantly arched brows. This look is just as sexy today!
All eyes, cheekbones and hair, Diana Ross was working a serious glamazon moment in this 1970s publicity shot.
The Mane Event
In the ‘80s, Diana’s chic, roller-set hairdo’s gave way to a new signature style: Huge, waist-length, frizz-tastic curls.
Iconic It Girl
Framed by a flock of feathers, this ageless diva flaunts her signature ’90s look: Smokey eyes, burnished lips and down-to-there hair.
With her sexy ’fro, fuschia lips and hot pink nails, these days Diana is more glamorous than ever.