Black is beautiful, and every Friday on Twitter, Black women and men post images of themselves with the hashtag #BlackOutDay. The hashtag is to celebrate all the different shades and ways Black is beautiful. Here are some photos of gorgeous, Black, women throughout the 20th century to give you a glimpse of vintage Black beauty.
Josephine Baker was known as the “Black Pearl,” “Bronze Venus” and even the “Creole Goddess.” Baker was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture, via the film Zouzou (1934), and became a world-famous entertainer.
In 1968, Diahann Carroll became the first Black actress in television history to star in her own series, Julia for NBC. She went on to become a Tony Award winner, an Emmy nominee, Grammy nominee, a Golden Globe winner and a Best Actress Oscar nominee.