Inspiring Pics of Black Icons Serving Vintage Glam

Lena Horne, Diana Ross, Eartha Kitt, Dorothy Dandridge - oh my! In case you're in need of some style inspiration, click through for vintage photos of famous Black women serving serious style. #ThrowbackThursday

Joslyn Winkfield Mar, 14, 2016

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Lena Horne, Diana Ross, Eartha Kitt, Dorothy Dandridge - oh my! In case you're in need of some style inspiration, click through for vintage photos of famous Black women serving serious style. #ThrowbackThursday

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Can we say yes to flowy chiffon! Dorothy Dandridge gives us major drama in a jumpsuit with pearl accessories back in 1956.

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Dandridge embodies glam in a classic 50's silhouette, the draped hood.

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Ms. Dandridge slayed in this embellished mermaid gown during a portrait session in 1954.

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Dandridge arrived in style to the Carmen Jones premiere in 1943. We love the rich texture of her jumpsuit and long coat.

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Glam comes in small packages too! Diva performer Eartha Kitt lounges in a breath taking shimmery gown in 1955.

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Sometimes a fur is all you need, as shown here by Kitt in 1955.

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It's widely reported that Kitt was conceived by rape and due to her pale complexion was shuffled between various family members after her mother, Annie Mae Keith, moved in with a man who refused to accept Kitt.

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Eartha looked just as timeless in 1985 in a beaded frock and fur stole.

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The Queen of Soul works a feather boa and dress in 1968.

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Aretha poses for a portrait in a stunning beaded gown in 1965.

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Lady in Red Chaka Khan cozies up in a fluffy white coat in 1970.

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Yes hair! Chaka amps up the volume in 1980 with textured coils and a sequined slinky number. 

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Dancer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker renders us speechless in this ruffle upon ruffle wrap dress in 1928.

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Baker is as fierce as her pet leopard in 1920.

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 Josephone Baker stuns in a beaded gown and feather topper in 1970.

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Baker works a dramatic 'do and a gown complete with a train in 1970.

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Donna Summer channels Queen of the Nile vibes in 1976.

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"Queen of Disco" Donna Summer serves on stage with glittery sequins and a fabulous fan in 1970. 

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Summer shows us how to be glam even at home, posing outside her house in LA in 1980.

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Jazz crooner Bille Holiday makes an entrance in this stunning gown and high bun in 1940.

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Billie looked angelic in a red lip and a baby blue and floral appliqué dress in 1957.

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Ms. Holiday's iconic flowers in her hair make us swoon, and can we talk about her ring and embroidered frock? 

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Every diva has a glam squad. Check Shirley Bassey out in 1960, wearing a 28 pound dress made of 156,000 diamante stones.

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Bassey is royal in a flowy purple frock in 1965.

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We are dying over Lady Ross' sparkles, tassels and makeup in this 1977 portrait session.

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Ross is silky perfection in 1970.

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Ross is covered in two toned ostritch feathers in 1968.

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Old Hollywood royalty Nina Mae McKinney poses on the set of Pie Pie Blackbird in 1932.

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Nina Mae gives us drama with tears and a beaded hair accessory in 1929.

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Lena Horne was the ultimate glam goddess of the 40s. Here the star poses for a portrait in mesh and sequins, topped with a blinding diamond necklace.

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The gorgeous movie star takes to the spotlight in Stormy Weather in 1943.

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Horne flashes a million dollar smile to go along with her sparkly dress in 1946.

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Carmen Jones star Diahann Carroll stuns in 1955 wearing a ruched gown with beaded bust.

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Carroll dons a beaded floor length gown at during a shoot for her film Porgy and Bess.

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Nina Simone's laid back glam won back in 1968 and we still love it today!

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This edgy macrame number Nina rocked in 1950 is everything.

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Tamara Dobson is glam on-the-go in Cleopatra Jones in 1973.

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Dobson was totally badass in fur, knee high boots, a turban, and of course, a motorcyle, in 1973.

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Dionne Warwick peformes on an Italian variety show in 1972 in a textured gown with a crisp collar and sleeves.

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Dionne Warwick is effortless in a white chiffon dress with billowy sleeves for Vogue in 1968.

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