Five Things Diana Ross Taught Us About Life and Style

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For me, Diana Ross is the embodiment of fabulous – the intricately designed gowns, big hair, and commanding presence, all added to her allure as both a trendsetter and a fashion icon.  She dared to create her own unique style that gained her accolades and longevity. Here are five valuable lessons from one of the most inspirational fashion icons of our time.

Embrace your God-given Beauty

When most of us think about Diana Ross, we think about her music, her style and of course her hair! I still react in awe when I look at photos of Diana Ross with her beautiful mane of kinky hair. In a world that advances a limited definition of beauty, Diana Ross created her own rules and definitions. She inspired so many of us to see kinky hair as beautiful, glamorous and regal. By embracing her natural hair, Diana Ross sent a powerful message to black women everywhere.  We are beautiful just the way God created us. Today she continues to inspire many of us who’ve chosen to embrace our natural hair.  

Express your Individual Style

Diana Ross pushed the limits when it came to her style and fashion choices. She fulfilled her early aspirations to become a Fashion Designer by designing and making the dresses for the Supremes and later on for herself. She embraced and explored her love for glam with feathers and sequins, choosing to wear what she liked instead of what the current fashions dictated.  Because she choose to authentically express her individual style instead of blending in and conforming to fashion norms, today Diana Ross wears the title of fashion icon.  Ms. Ross taught us that we do the world a disservice when we hide our individuality.

Accentuate the Positive

In expressing her style, Diana Ross always highlighted her best features: bambi-like eyes, big hair and svelte figure. Interestingly, those very features define the Diana Ross look. What positive features do you have that you can choose to highlight? If it is a small waist, why not rock a nice belt?  Do you have long legs? Try a great pair of heels and a pretty summer dress. Or if you have toned arms, there are plenty of sleeveless options to try this summer. Embrace and emphasize your best features.

Develop a Signature Look

Like most fashion icons, Diana Ross embodied a signature look that encapsulated her dynamic personality.  Get to know your style personality and create a signature look or piece that represents you.

Confidence is the Best Accessory

Diana Ross gained iconic status in fashion because she wore what made her comfortable, dared to stand out and accentuated her best features, all of which requires self- confidence.  It is not so much what you wear, it is how you wear what you wear. Diana Ross owned her style. Once you start being true to your personal style, wearing what you like and what makes you comfortable, you will be better at expressing yourself with confidence. Take it from Ms. Ross!

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 I Want to Hear From You:

  • Who is your favorite style icon? Why?
  • How would you describe your personal sense of style?
  • What do you think makes a woman’s style iconic and fabulous?



  1. Queen Latifah and Jill Scott are two of my favorite IT girls! They’re big and beautiful and always look nice, especially the Queen! She’s always down packed at minimum. Aside from their wardrobe, I appreciate their grace and stride. They seem extremely confident and take pride in how they wear their garments. This makes for a fabulously stylish woman. Plus, I’m huge fans of both of them.

    I love vintage fashion trends – mixing different decades together is a favorite of mine. Anything from the 40s and 50s to the 80s and 90s gets me going.

    • I agree, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott are beautiful women who exude confidence. They are indeed fabulous and stylish.

  2. Diana definitely has a signature look and has maintained her feminine style throughout her career.

  3. What a great choice! Diana certainly is an inspiration to women, especially black women. I was just watching a documentary about her. She’s a class act!

    Ok so I don’t really follow fashion like that but my favorite “style icon” would probably be Wendy Williams lol!!! No seriously, I love her simple yet chic style and the bright colors. I love bright colors!

  4. Cool. Thanks for sharing. I love Diana Ross. A real example of beauty with sense. :)

  5. I have several “style icons” who inspire me…Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne. But most of all, my mother…she has always been gorgeous no matter what she wears and she looks fly on a budget.

    I would say that my personal style is classic and glamorous, but with a bit of the “girl next door”. I love pencil skirts, high heels, anything with polka dots or leopard print. I love getting all dolled up but sadly, I rarely get the chance to do it.

    I think what makes a woman’s style iconic and fabulous is if she puts her own spin on it, instead of copying the latest trends. I’m all for being original and finding out what works for you. I was that girl back in high school who rocked crazy fashions and everyone laughed at me back then, but now I see people wearing similar styles.