Before There Was Michelle Obama: 5 Fashion Icons

by Sadii Byrd · January 31, 2012

Elle France magazine writer, Nathalie Dolivo had the ultimate payer dans la bouche moment. In a recent blog post for the magazine's website titled "Black Fashion Power," Dolivo wrote:

"For the first time, the chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged [only] to its street wear codes."

She suggests that the style bar in the Black community has grown greatly thanks to Michelle Obama. Such a statement, as well as the post in its entirety (which Elle France removed as of January 24, 2012), had readers' undies in a bunch. Granted, the First Lady has flawless style, however there are many Black women who pioneered fashion not only in the Black community but the world. Check out some of the fashion icons that ruled the school way before Mrs. Obama was around...