If I were asked to compile a list of my top 10 style icons, Diahann Carroll would definitely make the cut. I've been mesmerized by the Bronx-born beauty since she made her appearance as Dominique Deveraux on the 1980s soap opera "Dynasty." From her full-bodied curls to her equally big shoulder pads and personality, Carroll showed co-stars Joan Collins and Linda Evans that she was much more than a pretty face.
Blossoming from a teenage model and nightclub singer into a budding actress, Carroll caught a major break alongside Dorothy Dandridge in the 1954 film "Carmen Jones." However, it was her title role as "Julia" in 1968, the first non-stereotypical role for an African-American woman on an American TV show, that propelled her to star status and earned her a Golden Globe Award. With a career that spans five decades, including an Academy Award nod and impressive music catalog, Carroll continues to stun, donning perfectly-coiffed curls, classic black pant suits and pointed-toe heels.
In celebration of Carroll's 77th birthday on Tuesday (July 17th), we're taking a look back at the Hollywood legend's style over the years. Vote on all her looks in the slideshow below.
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