Beauty Icon: Lena Horne

Lena Horne (1917-2010) was a stylish lady, accomplished singer, dancer, actress, civil rights activist and so much more. She faced the world and its challenges with beauty and grace — and for that, we love her. Read on for a closer look at Lena Horne style.

Born in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Lena encompassed many of the qualities we now think of when we hear the word Diva. She was committed to her political views even to the detriment of her acting career being shunned from Hollywood for much of the 1950s, but she stayed steadfast to her beliefs and persevered regardless of the obstacles before her.

The Style of Lena Horne

When Hollywood turned their back on her she moved back into the night club scene, did television and eventually had her own one woman show on Broadway titled “Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music” for which she won many awards and accolades.

Lena Horne Collage

She epitomized glamour forever dressed to impress. She almost always wore something off of the shoulder and form fitting. She knew how to accentuate her best features including her long legs and tiny waist.

Collage of Lena Horne

Minimalist Glam

Hair, Make Up and Accessories

Ms. Horne was able to achieve an upscale classy look whenever she was photographed, but without having today’s obsession with being blinged out. She was very subtle with her accessories, she scarcely wore necklaces and her earrings sparkled but were usually small, carefully selected pieces. That was the key to Lena’s unique style, it was the clothes themselves that stood out and made a statement. Always dressed in an artistic fashion masterpiece there was no need for bold make up or accessories.

Lena Horne Collage

Lena was also always changing her hair so that its beauty was another focal point. For her some mascara and a subtle lip color was the ticket, that an elegant hairstyle and a couture ensemble and she was any camera man’s dream girl.

Glamorize your look with Lena Horne flair

Lena Horne

If you consider yourself a princess this is the diva to follow to achieve your ideal look. Just follow these 4 simple rules:

  1. Do know your body and accentuate your best features
  2. Do choose your clothes and accessories wisely, looking for unique custom pieces
  3. Do concentrate on the perfect balance between sultry and elegant
  4. Do change it up! Variety is the spice of life and the more you change your look the more interesting you will become.

Are you ready to channel Lena Horne style?

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