19 Vintage Photos That Celebrate Black Women’s Beauty

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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.

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Josephine Baker

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.

 

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll

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.

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