Vintage Black Glamour

By
Nichelle Gainer
Hardback
Special edition £45.00 GBP
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Using rarely accessed photographic archives and private collections, Nichelle has unearthed a revealing treasure trove of memorable and iconic images. The book presents historic photographs of famous actors, dancers, writers and entertainers who worked in the 20th-century entertainment business, but who rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts. With its stunning photographs and insightful biographies, this book is a hugely important addition to Black history archives.

Alongside profiles and photographs of world-renowned Black stars such as Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge and Diana Ross are biographies and images of less-known but hugely influential artists including the author’s aunt, opera singer Margaret Tynes, Cotton Club star Margot Webb, pioneering model Ophelia De Vore and many, many more. Their stories – usually ignored in mainstream histories of their profession – are revealed in this groundbreaking book.

About the author

Alongside Vintage Black Glamour, author Nichelle Gainer blogs beauty, fashion and lifestyle at 55 Secret Street, health, fitness and wellness at Revenge of the Curves, and books, cultural history and the arts at Anovelista.

Nichelle has written for GQ, InStyle, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Newsweek.com and Essence among other publications. She has been featured on NPR’s The Picture Show, The Grio, Reclaimed Soul and The Root.

Hardback ISBN
9781906615895
Extent
208 pages

Press reviews

“Eartha Kitt graces the cover of Vintage Black Glamour, garbed in a shimmering, skintight sleeveless gown, her back to the camera and her hands on her hips as she looks over her right shoulder, directly into the lens. The image is bold and confident, iconic and inviting. Do yourself a favor: Consider yourself honored and accept the invitation.”

Richard Torres, NPR

Vintage Black Glamour, a hefty, handsome new coffee-table book, is full of such stories, with photographs of those shunned by the spotlight, as well as idiosyncratic, unseen shots of those who weren’t.”

Alex Godfrey, The Observer

Vintage Black Glamour assures a spot in history for early black celebrity.”

Soraya Nadia McDonald, Washington Post

“Pretty darn fabulous … a must-have.”

Huffington Post

“Once upon a time when we were fabulous; gorgeous Ebony images!”

Ebony

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