Brooke Shields y’all
51. Janelle Monae (The Outsider)
Ever since she hit the scene as a member of OutKast’s posse in 2006, singer Janelle Monae has stood out not only for her unique voice and James Brown-like dancing skills, but her afro-pompadour hairstyle and masculine tuxedo-focused style. Janelle’s signature style in music, androgyny via retro, is pitch perfect. It makes you want to dance—oh, to dance like they do—and the excellent storytelling makes you immediately invested. She could as easily be speaking of overcoming bullies at school or societal oppression, and the multitude of meanings makes her music all the more relate-able. She executes that magic pop trifecta—she makes you move, think and feel all at once. When Janelle was asked about her style she had this to say:I love Katharine Hepburn. She’s definitely one of my inspirations. I also love designer Thom Browne. His little cropped tuxedos, I love those. I actually wore one in GQ a couple of years back. I just love the cut. And I love Alfred Hitchcock, I loved how he dressed and his attitude. It’s more about the person, not everyone can get away with wearing tuxedos. It’s a lifestyle for me. I like people I can look to like Karl Lagerfeld. He wears the same thing all the time.
52. Phylicia Rashād (The Godmother)Confident, intelligent, beautiful, classy, talented woman is what she is. Phylicia Rashād is an icon to women around the world. Note that I just say “women,” not African American women or black women…The Cosby Show reached into households of every creed, and inspired people all around the world to laugh and love. It’s been almost twenty years since the show’s been off the air (how’s that for making ya feel old?). She looks at the way a garment makes her feel. When I say the way it makes her feel, I mean…the way the fabrics make her feel. The way the cut of a garment makes her feel. She wears a lot of clothing that looks comfortable and always has. She likes garments that are extremely feminine. She likes to create a look. She likes to create an outfit. She likes to take something from here, over there and back yonder and put it together.