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Vintage Black Glamour

by Nichelle Gainer Nichelle Gainer

The Vintage Black Glamour book is out now. Drawing on Nichelle Gainer’s extensive research for her hugely popular website, this lavish and exclusive celebration of Black history is available to order now.Image of the Vintage Black Glamour book by Nichelle Gainer. Published by Rocket 88.

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Visually Stunning

Using rarely accessed photographic archives and private collections, Nichelle has unearthed a revealing treasure trove of memorable and iconic images. The book presents historic photographs of famous actors, dancers, writers and entertainers who worked in the 20th-century entertainment business, but who rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts. With its stunning photographs and insightful biographies, this book is a hugely important addition to Black history archives.

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Black History

Alongside profiles and photographs of world-renowned Black stars such as Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge and Diana Ross are biographies and images of less-known but hugely influential artists including the author’s aunt, opera singer Margaret Tynes, Cotton Club star Margot Webb, pioneering model Ophelia De Vore and many, many more. Their stories — usually ignored in mainstream histories of their profession — are revealed in this groundbreaking book.

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The Author

Alongside Vintage Black Glamour, author Nichelle Gainer blogs beauty, fashion and lifestyle at 55 Secret Street, health, fitness and wellness at Revenge of the Curves, and books, cultural history and the arts at Anovelista.

Nichelle has written for GQ, InStyle, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Newsweek.com and Essence among other publications. She has been featured on NPR’s The Picture Show, The Grio, Reclaimed Soul and The Root.Nichelle Gainer

You want a peek into the world of dazzling, retro black fabulousness? Vintage Black Glamour is the first and last stop. The fact that Nichelle’s genius, wildly addictive blog is now a book is the chicest news I’ve heard since finding out about Diahann Carroll and Sidney Poitier’s affair. Bring on the glamour!

Tia WilliamsTia Williams
Novelist & TV personality

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The Roll of Honor is our way of thanking you for your support. If you pre-ordered before 23 June 2014, your name will appear in the book.

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Nichelle Gainer’s gorgeous visual feast is my daily meditation on the dignity, elegance and uncommon allure of African American beauty. Vintage Black Glamour is a balm for the soul.

A'Lelia BundlesA’Lelia Bundles
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The Book

  • Premium high price point hardback book
  • Clothbound cover with printed design and foil detailing
  • Interior printed on heavyweight art paper
  • Over 200 pages and over 150 stunning black and white and colour photographs — including many rare and unseen archive images
  • Reading ribbon
  • Delivered direct to your door — not available in bookstores or from other online retailers
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Equal parts black entertainment history and mesmerizing eye-candy, Vintage Black Glamour reminds us that long before Beyoncé, there were black women who succeeded in conquering the entertainment world with their talent, beauty, style and fashion sense. Learning about these women is the reason to pick this book up. Letting go of all that fierceness is the reason you will not want to put it down!

Noliwe RooksNoliwe Rooks
Associate Professor, Cornell University and author, Ladies Pages: African American Women’s Magazines and the Culture that Made Them

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Mixed among the luminaries are regular — but still glamorous — people. Those are the photos that fascinate me.

Tanya Ballard Brown
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As a long time fan of Nichelle Gainer’s extraordinary blog I am thrilled to see Vintage Black Glamour, the book. This exquisite project provides a unique and invaluable glimpse of the artistry and creativity of generations of black style-makers and trendsetters. It is sure to entertain, inform and influence readers for years to come.

Farah Jasmine GriffinFarah Jasmine Griffin
Professor, Columbia University and author of Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II

Dating as far back as the early 1900s, the photos on Vintage Black Glamour — some regal, some playful, some hip — all pay homage to timeless Black beauty.

The RootThe Root
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