13 Black Beauty Moments From Modern History That Are Simply Iconic
There are a million moments in Black history that have influenced our culture. If we’re talking about Black beauty moments, well, there might just be a million and one. From West Africa in 3500 BC to Hollywood today, the aesthetic of Black women and femmes has been a centuries-long masterclass in innovation and evolution, and the entire world has been studying.
Despite the cacophony of Internet culture critics calling out many of our faves for appropriation, we collectively continue to reference the hair, makeup, and style trends originally worn by Black women and femmes throughout civilization. To be clear, that’s because there is nothing intrinsically wrong with reimagining iconic looks from the past. If everything old becomes new again, it is only natural that hairstyles, lip colors, and everything in between will eventually make their way from the history books back onto our vanities.
But as we look at today’s geometrically-shaped Afros or celebrate another inclusive foundation shade range, it’s important to remember all those who brought us to this point. So, as we lean into nostalgia, making it the guiding light for our beauty choices, this Black History Month we’ve decided to celebrate a few of the major sources of all that light.
Keep scrolling for a journey through some of the more recent Black beauty moments that forever changed us.