If there’s one quirky thing about me that most people don’t know, it’s that I LOVE looking at old photos. I can get lost for hours poring over vintage photos from my family and friends or even historical shots of my beloved hometown Chicago. Heck, I was even a photo editor for a national magazine once upon a time!
That’s why I’m so excited that the highly anticipated book (of the same name) as the popular blog, “Vintage Black Glamour,” by Nichelle Gainer is finally available for purchase. The sleek, hard-cover book features dozens of fabulous rarely accessed photos from some of our most acclaimed female African-American socialites, actors, writers, dancers and entertainers who worked during the 20th century.
Greats such such as Eartha Kitt (who’s the book’s cover girl), Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross and a host of others grace the pages. While some of the women featured are nothing short of iconic, the book also boasts a bevy of lesser-known beauties as well.
In fact, the author, whom I’ve chatted with throughout the years was inspired to create the blog-turned-book by her great aunt and opera singer, Margaret Tyne, who performed with the legendary Duke Ellington during the 1950s. Gainer curated the book (and blog) by visiting libraries and combing through countless archives and photographs of glamourous black women.
The stunning photographs are each accompanied with enlightening profiles providing readers a glimpse into the lives of these talented women.
If you admire old school style and sophistication that only we BGs can bring, then this coffee table book is a must-have! It will make the perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season for all the BGs on your list.
Who’s your favorite “vintage black glamour” star or is she someone in your very own family?