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19 Vintage Photos That Celebrate Black Women's Beauty

The new book Vintage Black Glamour is filled with beautiful and inspiring images of black women throughout the 20th century. Here's a look at some of them.

1. Valaida Snow

Snow is pictured conducting an orchestra in London, October 1934.
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Snow is pictured conducting an orchestra in London, October 1934.

2. Pearl Primus

Primus was a dancer and choreographer known for creating dances like “Strange Fruit” and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”
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Primus was a dancer and choreographer known for creating dances like “Strange Fruit” and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”

3. Margot Webb

The dancer is pictured in 1934.
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The dancer is pictured in 1934.

4. Margaret Tynes

The internationally known singer is pictured in 1959.
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The internationally known singer is pictured in 1959.

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5. Josephine Baker

The dancer, singer, and actress is pictured in Château des Milandes, her home from 1937 to 1969.
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The dancer, singer, and actress is pictured in Château des Milandes, her home from 1937 to 1969.

6. Adelaide Hall

The entertainer is pictured in 1928.
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The entertainer is pictured in 1928.

7. Ivie Anderson

Anderson is pictured performing with Duke Ellington circa 1935.
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Anderson is pictured performing with Duke Ellington circa 1935.

8. Charlotte Hawkins Brown

Brown founded the Palmer Memorial Institute, a day and boarding school for African-Americans, in 1902. The educator and author is pictured here on her wedding day in 1911.
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Brown founded the Palmer Memorial Institute, a day and boarding school for African-Americans, in 1902. The educator and author is pictured here on her wedding day in 1911.

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9. Lena Horne

Horne was an American actress, singer, dancer, and civil rights activist.
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Horne was an American actress, singer, dancer, and civil rights activist.

10. A Taste Of Honey

Janice Marie Johnson (left) and Hazel Payne (right) were the duo known as A Taste of Honey, responsible for the 1978 hit "Boogie Oogie Oogie."
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Janice Marie Johnson (left) and Hazel Payne (right) were the duo known as A Taste of Honey, responsible for the 1978 hit "Boogie Oogie Oogie."

11. Mary Lou Williams

The jazz musician and composer is pictured circa 1944.
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The jazz musician and composer is pictured circa 1944.

12. Maria Cole

Cole is pictured in 1948, trying on one of her gifts at a party in Harlem celebrating her marriage to Nat “King” Cole.
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Cole is pictured in 1948, trying on one of her gifts at a party in Harlem celebrating her marriage to Nat “King” Cole.

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13. Nina Simone

The musician is pictured in Pittsburgh circa 1965.
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The musician is pictured in Pittsburgh circa 1965.

14. Princess Kouka of Sudan

The princess is pictured in her role in the 1937 movie Jericho.
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The princess is pictured in her role in the 1937 movie Jericho.

15. Sarah Vaughan

The American jazz singer is pictured in London in 1960.
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The American jazz singer is pictured in London in 1960.

16. Dame Shirley Bassey

The Welsh singer is pictured before a performance in 1960.
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The Welsh singer is pictured before a performance in 1960.

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17. Sister Sledge

The sisters (left to right: Kathy, Debbie, Kim, and Joni) are pictured in 1981.
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The sisters (left to right: Kathy, Debbie, Kim, and Joni) are pictured in 1981.

18. Theresa Harris

The Houston-born actress appeared on television, radio, and in movies.
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The Houston-born actress appeared on television, radio, and in movies.

19. Margaret Tynes and Joya Sherrill

The entertainers are pictured with Duke Ellington in 1957.
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The entertainers are pictured with Duke Ellington in 1957.

A second printing of Vintage Black Glamour will be released in February; pre-order it here.

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"Boogie Oogie Oogie" was a hit in 1978. A previous version of this story misstated the year.

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