American standards of beauty used to consider fair skin, blond, straight hair, and blue eyes as the ideal. Thankfully, that paradigm has gradually shifted to include a more diverse portrait that truly represents our society.
In honor of Black History Month, Yahoo Beauty is highlighting some iconic black beauty looks. From Josephine Baker’s slicked-down finger waves and Diana Ross‘s huge Afro to Sade’s signature red lip and Lupita Nyong’o’s glowing skin, here are 15 images that capture the essence of beautiful black women through the years.
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