Black Music Month: Stylish Women in Music

Black Music Month: Stylish Women in Music

ESSENCE.COM Jun, 06, 2012

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Rihanna owns her edgy bad girl style and works it. We can always count on her to kill the red carpet in something sexy — like this exotic Tom Ford croc style or a see-through, backless and plunging number.

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Off the carpet, Rihanna’s street style is just as fierce. You can catch her effortlessly styling in a flirty mini or midriff complete with a hot handbag and heels.

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This Knowles blossomed into a style all her own. Now she’s injecting life into the fanciest fêtes in energetic colors and bold silhouettes like this Rachel Roy silk peplum gown at the MET gala, and we love it!

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If she’s not bringing personality to the red carpet, she’s DJ’ing in a funky ensemble that’s the life of the party.

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This Brit chick has got a swag all her own. She perfects a mix of boho and street in chic turbans, eye-catching accessories and without fail — a cute leg baring look.

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The singer mixes and matches colors and patterns in a way only she can stylishly pull off.

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We adore Corinne Bailey Rae’s feminine flair with a very subtle hint of sexy, especially her look at the Grammys in Christian Siriano’s midnight black dress and platform heels.

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The Brit beauty always keeps it classic in dainty dresses and cute kitten heels, but never anything short of chic.

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Newbie Elle Varner hasn’t been on the scene too long, but we’re already crushing on her cute and quirky style. She plays up her curves in body-hugging silhouettes that are more fun and flirty than overtly sexual, which is refreshing.

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The singer’s specs are her style staple, adding a natural sexy secretary flair on or off the carpet.

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The Noisette singer defines eclectic cool. Stand-out red carpet selections, like this snakeskin menswear-inspired suit and funky accessories, shows she has fun with fashion.

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No doubt her stage costumes are just as bold as her red-carpet ones. Shoniwa plays with pattern and shape, creating one-of-kind looks you’ll never see anyone else wearing.

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The purveyor of boho-chic, Lauryn Hill took to Hot 97’s Summer Jam stage this weekend, showing us all she’s still got it. Clad in mixed stripes, wide-leg pants and Giuseppe Zanotti’s towering platforms — Ms. Hill is still schooling us on true style.

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The singer has never been one to follow trends. She mixes, matches and accessorizes with a vintage vibe she stays true to.

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Kelis first introduced her wild style to the world in the late ‘90s and has held no punches since. The diva still loves her rainbow of color, over-the-top accessories and one-of-a-kind hairstyles — she’s original and we love it!

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Prim and proper she is not, Kelis will push the envelope in patterns, color and embellishments simultaneously. She proves it can be done in this mod mini, studded motorcycle jacket and Miu Miu snakeskin boots.

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