43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know

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43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Elizabeth Keckley

Seamstress

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Zelda Wynn Valdes

Fashion Designer

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Anne Lowe

Fashion Designer including the designer of Jackie O's wedding dress.

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Josephine Baker

Dancer, Singer and Actress

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Dorothy Dandridge

Actress, Singer and Dancer

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Billie Holiday

Jazz Musician, Singer and Songwriter

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Diahann Carroll

Stage Actress and Singer

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Naomi Sims

One of the first black Supermodels of the 1960s

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Tina Turner

Singer, Dancer, Actress and Author

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Diana Ross

Singer, Songwriter, Actress and Record Producer

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Bethann Hardison

Fashion figure

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Donyale Luna

One of the first black supermodels of the 1960s

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Pam Grier

Actress

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Naomi Campbell

One of the first black supermodels of the 1990s

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Iman

One of the first black supermodels of the 1990s

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Liya Kebede

One of the first black supermodels of the 1990s

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Teri Agins

Author and Columnist

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Michelle Obama

First Lady of the United States

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Robin Givhan

Fashion Editor for the Washington Post

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Tai Beauchamp

Style and Lifestyle Expert

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Brandice N. Henderson-Daniel

CEO and Founder of Harlem's Fashion Row

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Maria Borges

First Supermodel to wear natural hair walking Victoria Secret's fashion show runway

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Solange Knowles

Singer, songwriter, model, actress and creative director

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Martine Rose

Menswear designer

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Laura Smalls

Fashion Designer including a couple of Michelle Obama's dresses.

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Tracy Reese

Fashion Designer, Women's Ready-To-Wear

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Carly Cushnie

1/2 of the fashion design team for Cushnie Et Ochs

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Simone Oliver

Former Online Fashion Editor at The New York Times

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Clare Sulmers

Founder of Fashion Bomb Daily

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Cipriana and Takenya Quann

Co-Founder's of Urban Bush Babes

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Kilee Hughes

Founder and CEO at Six One Agency, former PR Director at Net-A-Porter

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Gabi Fresh

Plus size fashion blogger and swimwear designer

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Frédérique Tietcheu-Harrel

Fashion Blogger, Personal Stylist and Digital Marketer

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
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Fashion Blogger

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Lupita Nyong'o

Actress

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Azede-Jean Pierre

Young Womenswear Designer

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
June Ambrose

Celebrity Fashion Stylist, Costume Designer, Creative Director and Author

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Shiona Turini

Style Consultant

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Nikki Ogunnaike

Senior Fashion Editor for Elle.com

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Zerina Akers

New York and Los Angeles based Stylist

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty

Musician, Style Icon and Creative Director

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Janelle Monae

Musician and Actress

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Zendaya Coleman

Actress, Singer, Dancer and Model

43 African-American Faces Of Fashion You Should Know
Shiona Turini

Style Consultant and Editor

Fashion has bred some of the most memorable faces and trends, and through it, there have been women of color who have knocked down barriers throughout their careers.

There is a pool of African-American women to acknowledge when it comes to the world of fashion; both designers and muses that have played an essential role in style even today. Many of these women have endured trials that have made it hard for us to know their roles. From racism and segregation to not receiving recognition, these women have endured so much, and have made a tremendous influence on the world.

The world of fashion is more diverse than it has ever been, and while there’s still work to do, it’s important to acknowledge women who have influenced the field, whether they be a designer, style icon, muse, or writer.

Shonette Reed

Fashion Writer

Shonette Reed is a Los Angeles based blogger and journalist with a journalism and integrated Media degree from Biola University. She has worked in the fashion industry as a freelance writer for ForHarriet.com and a public relations intern for Liberate Apparel. Her main goal in the fashion industry is to continue to bring more women of color to the media, showing that the fashion industry has diversity worth celebrating.