Thursday, August 16, 2012

Style icon: Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge
November 9, 1922 - September 8, 1965

Dorothy Dandridge came from humble beginnings in depression-era Cleveland, Ohio and rose to become Hollywood's first and unforgettable full-fledged African American movie star. Dorothy was what we would call a triple threat; she could dance, sing, and act like it was no body's business and she definitely made it our business. Her name is synonymous with being legendary, glamorous, a natural beauty, graceful and stylish.

Not only was she a style icon but broke through the glass ceiling of Tinsletown by being the third African-American and the first African-American woman nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in her role as Carmen Jones in the musical Carmen Jones. In an industry that was content to use African-American women as comic mammy figures, Dorothy emerged as a leading lady, a cultural icon, and a sizzling sex symbol.

Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen Jones (1954)

Dorothy's simple and timeless elegance shone through every outfit she wore and picture she took with effortless style. Her wardrobe was filled with sexy silhouettes, tailored shapes, distinctive feminine flair, figure-hugging dresses and suits, gorgeous accessories, sleek scarves, ladylike footwear, glamours jewelry, and beautiful handbags. I mean, we could just go on and on but it's more fun to show you than tell you!

We think she is definitely up there with the likes of other style icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Rita Hayworth. Our only question is, "Why isn't there a style book out there about her? What a great idea right?!

Fun Trivia:
First African-American woman to grace the cover of Life Magazine.
♥ Referred to by Lena Horne as "...our Marilyn Monroe." 
She loved soul food. Her favorite was chitterlings and greens, which she ate only once a week.
She was first choice for the role of Cleopatra but ultimately the role went to Elizabeth Taylor. 

After an almost five year hiatus from acting, Dorothy planned to make a career comeback,  but she tragically passed away at the tender age of 42. While her legacy was not fully acknowledged by the entertainment industry until after her death, she definitely left her mark with her legacy, her style and the shattered glass from that infamous glass ceiling


  1. This lady sure has style.
    How is it I didn't know her?
    Thanks for this post!

    x Yunes

    1. Yes, she really did! We're glad you now know :) You're very welcome!

  2. she was so beautiful! great post! kisses!

  3. thanks for the comment, because I met your blog and loved it, I'm following you too... xoxo :D

  4. I nominated you for the Liebster Award..check it out on my blog!!:)

    1. Aww thanks Nisha!! We will definitely check it out.

  5. she is so stunning!



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