The Most Stylish Black Women on TV Ever!

Yes, we're obsessed with Scandal's style, but what about Sandra Clarke and the other fashionistas who paved the way? Check out these past and present chic ladies on the small screen who wore looks we loved!

Celia L. Smith Oct, 07, 2013

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Olivia Pope's style on Scandal isn't a far cry from Kerry Washington's fierce fashions in real life. She epitomizes working woman chic, which everyone can relate to. A mix of classic pieces with subtly sexy touches, and of course all things white makes her a professional power house on the drama series.

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Have you ever seen a more stylish Pathologist? The brains and beauty that is Dr. Camille Saroyan on Bones, played by actress Tamara Taylor, covets a collection of chic shift dresses when she isn't in blue uniform. And did we mention the best bob we've seen in a while?

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It wasn't hard to get distracted by Ashley Davenport's wardrobe to see passed her ruthless character on Revenge. The girl had range. A glam one-shoulder Lanvin dress in one take and a scene-stealing Cushnie et Ochs cut-out number in another are just two moments we'll be missing with her absence in the new season. Lucky for us, Ashley Madekwe serves style daily on her blog.

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Tracee Ellis Ross aka Joan Clayton will forever be our Girlfriend. While the entire crew of gals killed it with their style, Clayton's wardrobe was undeniably drool-worthy. Her fashion forwardness infused with a touch of "real girl" panache had everyone tuning in to see Joan's effortless style.

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Ugly Betty's Wilhelmina Slater played by Vanessa Williams had a fierce attitude with costume's to match. Living up to her role as Creative Director at mythical  fashion magazine "MODE," Slater shows up to the office Devil Wears Prada style, clad in opulent furs, designer handbags and haute couture threads.

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Stacey Dash's role as boutique owner, Val on Single Ladies may have been shortlived, but her fashion sense was unforgettable. Val's sexy statement pieces –– say, a sheer blouse here, or backless dress there, was always tastefully done.

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On The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Karyn Parsons may have played Will's flighty cousin Hillary Banks but her fashion choices were pretty smart. In chic bodycon LBD's, Chanel bags and a hat collection to rival our grandma's, Hillary owned her snobbish style unapologetically.

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Kim Fields’ Regine Hunter made up one quarter of the Living Single squad. This glamour goddess slash gossip fiend gave us more hair variety than a Sally Beauty Supply store. We’ll never forget her for her grandiose persona and awe-inspiring looks.

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Saved By The Bell's Lisa Turtle stood out from the rest of her classmates not because she was just about the only brown girl at Bayside High, but because of her funky style. Her eclectic earrings, matching headband and cheetah print everything would definitely set trends today.

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Way before living in Brooklyn was trendy, one of the best family's on television lived there: the Huxtables. The hippest of The Cosby show bunch was daughter Denise Huxtable, a free-spirited student at Hillman college who's funky 80s flair-turned-boho was the epitome of cool.

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Who could forget Whitley Gilbert, the obnoxious southern belle from A Different World? The character we loved to hate, played by Jasmine Guy, taught us the true meaning of sophisticated elegance. With the demeanor of a debutant and the fashion sense to boot, Whitley never missed the style mark.

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Diahann Carol's epic style on Dynasty as Jetsetter Dominique Devereaux was unmatched. Devereaux's fierce personality and equally fierce threads: lamé dresses, opulent furs and gaudy jewels caused quite a stir when she stepped onto the Denver scene.


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