The fashion industry is evolving to become more diverse, featuring plus size and models of color at New York Fashion Week.

The industry is also cat walking toward gender fluid fashion with support from non-binary celebrities such as Jaden Smith and Australian model from “Orange is the New Black,” Ruby Rose.

In honor of Black History Month, A Magazine celebrates black fashion icons of the past and present.

Michelle Obama
m1Whether attending a White House dinner or volunteering at a soup kitchen, Michelle Obama makes sure she is the first lady of fashion. Her signature look of showing off her toned arms has inspired professional women, such as news anchors and correspondents on ABC’S Good Morning America, CNN and Fox to bare their arms.

 

 

Dorothy Dandridge
m2Dorothy Dandridge was the Marilyn Monroe of black cinema. She was the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in her breakout 1954 film, “Carmen Jones.” Dandridge’s wardrobe was filled with well-tailored and timeless pieces, such as off the shoulder blouses and slacks. She would add statement jewelry for the finishing touches.

 

Rihanna

rihannaAs a singer, actress, entrepreneur and fashion designer, Rihanna has proved that not only can she do it all, but she can look good doing it.  She can wear  just about anything, from a sheer Swarovski dress to silk pajamas at red carpet events.

The Barbadian beauty constantly keeps fans on their toes with her experimental music beats and various looks. Rihanna is rewriting the rules of the pop music and fashion industry.

 

Grace Jones

1284680742_5335-1Singer and muse of photographer Jean Paul Goude, Grace Jones paved the way for androgynous fashion. Artists such as Lorde, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj,  Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga were influenced by the disco diva.

Her 1980s flat top hairstyle, eye popping costumes and fiery personality, such as setting fire to her ex-lover’s trousers, made her a legend.

 

Lupita Nyong’o

m5Lupita Nyong’o made her acting  debut in the 2013  film “12 Years a Slave.”  Since then, she has graced the covers of hundreds of magazines and made the list of People Magazine’s 2014 Most Beautiful People. Lupita’s Oscar winning performance, her flawless complexion and an elegant yet colorful wardrobe made her an overnight ‘It Girl.’

Eartha Kitt
m6Eartha Kitt was the cat’s meow back in the ‘50s and ‘60s. She embodied her Catwoman role in the 1960’s T.V. show “Batman”, which made her famous for her sultry dresses, animal print outfits and signature purr.