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Vintage Black Glamour (Hardcover Edition)

Vintage Black Glamour (Hardcover Edition)

Nichelle Gainer

This beautifully produced and highly acclaimed book is packed with rarely seen photographs of Black actors, models, writers and entertainers of the early part of the 20th century, many of whom have been sorely neglected—until now.

Author Nichelle Gainer scoured libraries and private photographic collections to create profiles of world-renowned Black stars such as Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge and Diana Ross plus those of less-known but hugely important artists such as opera singer Margaret Tynes, Cotton Club star Margot Webb, pioneering model Ophelia De Vore, and many, many more.

This unique book reveals the stories that are usually ignored in mainstream histories of their profession, and is a lasting testament to the women whose lives and work were truly groundbreaking.

Take the chance to see for yourself why made this book one of their top ten books to buy and keep.

About the author

Nichelle Gainer has contributed to many major magazines and websites, including InStyle, Essence and Glamour. She has been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post, BBC News, the Guardian and NPR. Born and raised in New Jersey, she lives in New York.

Image of Nichelle Gainer, author of Vintage Black Glamour (Hardcover Edition)
Nichelle Gainer

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.

Julee Wilson, Huffington Post

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

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Ebony

A rarely considered definition of Hollywood glamour.

Allison P Davis, New York magazine / The Cut


208 pages
Trim page size (H × W)
274 mm × 238 mm
Stock status
In stock