The Most Iconic Black Beauty Looks of All Time

Feb 24, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Iconic Black Beauty Looks
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Black history simply isn’t complete without black women. Beyond their unique outward beauty, these ladies have broken boundaries and influenced others through their hard work. Hollywood still has a way to go in terms of inclusivity, but these actors, singers and all-around entertainers are leading the charge to ensure younger generations can see themselves reflected in film, television and magazines.

And although we love celebrating these changemakers year-round, it’s only right we up the ante for Black History Month. Ahead, we look back at 30 looks that helped shape how women of color see themselves. From Billie Holiday’s flowery updo to Beyoncé’s Lemonade braids, we have a feeling you’re already familiar with some of these standout moments.

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /30: Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys Cornrows
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1/30 :Alicia Keys

2 /30: Angela Davis

Angela Davis Afro
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2/30 :Angela Davis

3 /30: Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge Rose
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3/30 :Dorothy Dandridge

4 /30: Eve

Eve Blond Buzz Cut
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4/30 :Eve

5 /30: Grace Jones

Grace Jones
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5/30 :Grace Jones

6 /30: Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe Pompadour
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6/30 :Janelle Monáe

7 /30: Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker Slicked Hair
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7/30 :Josephine Baker

8 /30: Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet Locs
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8/30 :Lisa Bonet

9 /30: Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o Afro
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9/30 :Lupita Nyong'o

10 /30: Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles Duckbill Clips
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10/30 :Solange Knowles

11 /30: Zendaya

Zendaya Locs
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11/30 :Zendaya

12 /30: Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday Flower
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12/30 :Billie Holiday

13 /30: Brandy

Brandy Micro-braids
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13/30 :Brandy

14 /30: Lil' Kim

Lil' Kim Purple Wig
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14/30 :Lil' Kim

15 /30: Rihanna

Rihanna Bob
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15/30 :Rihanna

16 /30: Pam Grier

Pam Grier Afro
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16/30 :Pam Grier

17 /30: Donyale Luna

Donyale Luna Vogue
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17/30 :Donyale Luna

18 /30: Beyoncé

18/30 :Beyoncé

19 /30: Halle Berry

Halle Berry Pixie
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19/30 :Halle Berry

20 /30: Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell Long Hair
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20/30 :Naomi Campbell

21 /30: Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston Curly Hair
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21/30 :Whitney Houston

22 /30: Florence Griffith Joyner

Florence Griffith Joyner Stiletto Nails
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22/30 :Florence Griffith Joyner

23 /30: Sade

Sade Braided Ponytail
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23/30 :Sade

24 /30: Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt Cat-Eye
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24/30 :Eartha Kitt

25 /30: Lena Horne

Lena Horne
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25/30 :Lena Horne

26 /30: Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama
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26/30 :Michelle Obama

27 /30: Iman

Iman
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27/30 :Iman

28 /30: Tina Turner

Tina Turner
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28/30 :Tina Turner

29 /30: Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson Vogue
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29/30 :Beverly Johnson

30 /30: Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks Sports Illustrated
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30/30 :Tyra Banks