There are women who follow trends and there are those who set them, with sets the standard with their individual styles. Women who are sure to go down in the fashion history books are stylish women with distinctive flair—First Lady Michelle Obama, Angela Basset, Iman and Janelle Monae. The time has come to decide who will carry the fashion icon torch for the next generation and the nominees are in. There aren’t too many women who shine through fashion, talent and hard work, but these ladies make it happen.
Click through to see the fashion icons of the new school, and tell us if we missed anyone.
One word to describe Angela Basset’s style is “class.”
Sanaa Lathan has always had a simple style that makes her so lovable, no matter what film she is in.
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Halle Berry is a talented actress who always brings it in the fashion department.
Tracee Ellis Ross has truly become a fashion icon from her Girlfriends days and continues to be.
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Mikki Taylor is a classic woman who has dedicated her life to the beauty and style of black women.
Janelle Monae wears black and white like no other. Her iconic style and music sets her apart from so many artists.
Kerry Washington is a regal beauty with that talent that has us glued to the small and big screens. She portrays Olivia Pope flawlessly.
Beyoncé’s talent as a singer, actress and all-around performer translates in her fashion sense.
Erykah Badu’s style has always had an afrocentric feel and is seamless with her iconic music.
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Oprah Winfrey is one of the most iconic media moguls in the world and her simple style serves her well.
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First Lady Michelle Obama has fascinated us with her style since the first Presidential campaign and she continues through fashion and her work in the White House.
Iman is a stunning beauty who has graced the covers of various magazines and continues to inspire through her philanthropic efforts and gorgeous style.
Kelly Rowland is a talented singer whose voice has made us love her, but her style keeps us looking for more.