Halle Berry changed the game when she made her debut as a Bond girl in ‘Die Another Day’ (2002).
As the ultimate foxy lady, it makes sense that Pam Grier was delivering epic swimsuit moments in the 70’s. Here she is sitting pretty in 1973’s Coffy.
Tyra Banks pretty much dominated the runway and your favorite magazine pages in the 90’s and early 2000’s. This scorching Sports Illustrated cover may be one of her most memorable moments yet.
Miss Ohio USA, actress and TV personality Jayne Kennedy was the crush of many young men in the 80’s. Here, she shows off a killer one-piece swimsuit that would turn heads at any beach today.
In 2006 Beyonce further solidified her spot as a rising superstar with the release of her second solo album, B’Day. Fans were floored when they watched the video for “Deja Vu” as Queen Bey paraded around in a stunning black and white monokini.
The always magnificent Eartha Kitt graced the cover of JET Magazine alongside Jayne Kennedy and Freda Payne for what we’re sure was the hottest cover of summer 1974.
Angela Bassett got her groove on in a super chic pink bikini alongside the gorgeous Taye Diggs in the 1998 classic How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
The forever classy Diahann Carroll graced the January 1971 issue of Ebony in this stunning swimsuit and a killer curly ‘fro.
Rihanna has a long history of drop-dead-gorgeous swimsuit moments but this shoot done early on in her career was a sign of the fabulous bikini moments to come.
As the first Black Bond girl, Gloria Hendry shattered racial barriers all while slaying in her chic bikini in 1973’s Live and Let Die.