Fashion Flashback: Curvy Girl Style Icons

Legendary divas who flaunted their voluptuous frames fabulously.

Celia L. Smith Feb, 27, 2013

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Etta James was a fan of beautiful body-hugging silhouettes, and she donned bosom-baring, fit-and-flare dresses confidently while singing onstage.

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Style chameleon Aretha Franklin went from fabulously embroidered frocks and chic turbans in the 1960s to maxi dresses, caftans and even flyer turbans in the 70s. No matter what she wore, her looks commanded as much stage presence as her powerful voice.

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Chaka Khan loved showing off those curves. In the 70s it was all about bohemian midriff moments, and in the 80s, she flaunted her womanly figure in sexy, rocker-style pieces with shoulders exposed and legs on full display.

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The name Foxy Brown stuck with Pam Grier long after she starred in the sexy 1970s film. Often bikini-clad or sporting a plunging top proudly, Grier was living proof that real women have curves.

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Jazz singer Sara Vaughan's style was as mesmerizing as her voice. Her tulle dresses, strapless frocks and halter necklines cloaked in fancy wraps captured the elegance of a time when women dressed impeccably no matter their size.

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The Weather Girls' style was just as fun as their music. If it was shiny, sparkly, beaded and bold, then Marsha Wash and Izora Armstead were rocking it! 

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Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson was conservatively chic — structured dresses, impeccably tailored suit jackets and matching dresses adorned with clusters of pearls.

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Blues singer Dinah Washington was a fur lover, and epitomized old-school glamour. Her capelets, her coats and even her dresses were trimmed luxuriously. 

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Not only was the 1950s R&B singer's voice captivating, but her hourglass shape brought many strapless, mermaid-style gowns to life.

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At a time when women primarily wore dresses, jazz singer Fitzgerald took over the stage in styles of all sorts — beaded, satin, and lace.