My die-hard, fashionista friend (AZ) once asked me, "Who's your style icon past or present?" I had to think about it for a moment, but I came to the conclusion that that person would have to be the beautiful and talented Dorothy Dandridge. Even though she died decades before I was born, she exuded style, grace and class.
A style icon is someone who sets trends and doesn't follow them. Perhaps you admire Jennifer Lopez's sexy street-glam style or the simple chicness of the late Jackie-O? Maybe she isn't someone who's known around the world. She could be your fabulously fierce mother or super stylish cousin. Or better yet, maybe you march to the beat of your own drum and don't follow anybody's flair for fashion because your personal style is so fresh and unique that there's no need to look to others for style adoration other than yourself!
Here are a few fashion icons from yesteryear and today that I think are pretty noteworthy. So I ask, who is your style icon?
Legendary actress Dorothy Dandrige always looked polished and pulled-together.
India.Arie taught us all to love ourselves and she exemplifies her mantra with earthy, yet sexy styles.
Our favorite girlfriend, Tracee Ellis Ross has a feminine eclectic style that always demands attention.
New mom Jennifer Lopez effortlessly mixes urban street style with glam.
Jackie Kennedy-Onassis is the quintessential style icon that trancends all demographics. I think we can all agree that her style was timeless.
Beyonce's fashion sense has evolved from ill-fitted fringe fiascos into a sleek and stylish silhouettes.
Halle Berry even looks fashion forward while pregnant. Can this beauty ever look bad?
Audrey Hepburn's style epitomized classic chic.