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Black Vintage Glamour

Updated: Jan 1




Black Vintage Glamour

They were a part of the beautiful glamorous women of the 1920's-1950+, who also shined brightly in spite of the many obstacles. They managed to become iconic in a time where, they could not even sit in the places they were performing or receiving their awards. Their legacy lives on not because, all their accolades were recognized in their lifetime, but because in life they broke barriers, every time they were on screen/stage. They manage to be true visions, at a time when they were told to stay hidden.

Key Features

  • Opulent Jewels

  • Pinned updo's (often requiring chemicals or heat to achieve maximum straightness to achieve to soft curl look)

  • Sequin

  • Feathers

  • Red lipstick and nail polish

  • Silver or Gold peep toe kitten heeled shoes

The Icons

  • Joyce Bryant

  • Diane Carroll

  • Dorothy Dandridge

  • Josephine Baker

  • Pearl Mae Bailey

  • Lena Horne


Joyce Bryant

An American jazz singer and actress of the late 1940's and early 1950's

Born; October 14, 1928 - November 20, 2022

One of the first black singer's to perform at the Casino Royal in Washington D.C








Diane Carroll

An American Actress, singer , model and activist.

Born; July 17 1935 - October 4, 2019

Most well known in early major films featuring black cast, including Carmen Jones & Porgy and Bess.









Pearl Mae Bailey

An American actress and singer

Born March 29,1918 - August 17, 1900

She appeared in vaudeville, broadway, & film productions and won a Tony for her title role performance in Hello, Dolly!










(order from left to right) Pearl Mae Bailey, Dorothy Dandridge, "Carmen Jones" 1954


Josephine Baker

An American born French entertainer (also noted as a French resistance agent, free mason and civil rights activist)

Born; June 3, 1906 - April 12, 1975

Most known for her dance performances, including the famous 1926 "Banana Dance"












Lena Horne

An American singer, dancer and civil rights activist

Born; June 30, 1917 - May 9, 2010

In 1984 she received the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement in the performing arts.




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Jasmine Terry-Ankobil

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