African-American Style Icons & Fashion Stars Past and Present

From Diana Ross to Beyonce Knowles, this is our countdown of the top 20 black style icons who have been inspiring how America dresses for decades with their individual take on fashion (21 Photos)

Fiorella Valdesolo on Feb 1, 2013 at 12:23PM

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African-American Style Icons & Fashion Stars Past and Present

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Michelle Obama

Not since the days of Jackie O have a First Lady's fashion choices so transfixed the public. People have been closely following Michelle Obama’s version of power dressing since her husband hit the campaign trail, chronicling her every look—there are blogs devoted to it and a new book on the topic written by Kate Betts.

They key components of Mrs. O’s style? For one, she's as much a fan of J.Crew and Gap as she is of forward-thinking designers like Junya Watanabe and Alexander McQueen (the vibrant printed red gown of his that she wore to a state dinner had plenty of tongues wagging). Michelle both knows what works best on her body and is clearly a longtime lover of fashion: Her support of young, lesser-known designers like Thakoon, Isabel Toldeo and Jason Wu (he is responsible for her white chiffon inauguration ensemble [above]) is unwavering and admirable.

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