I honestly don’t know what the world will be like without The Oprah Winfrey Show. It has been a fixture in our lives for 25 years and now, sadly, Oprah is leaving her namesake on Wednesday to focus on the growth and development of her nascent Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
After losing 67 pounds, 1988: On this historic show, Oprah wheels out 67 pounds of fat, representing the weight she lost on the now bogus Optifast diet. She wore a pair of size 10 Calvin Klein jeans she saved from her younger days. I love the simplicity of this outfit, and that fabulous cowboy belt buckle!
Winning her sixth Daytime Emmy award, 1994: Oprah is famous for her yo-yo dieting, and 1994 seems like a slimmer year for her. She is rockin’ the mean Michelle Obama arms her, and I love that ivory corset dress. Add a cone bra, and she’s got a Madonna- approved look!
Singing with Tina Turner, 1997: Oprah says, “I chose a jumpsuit to sing with Tina Turner in 1997. I didn’t want to show my legs. You cannot have your legs being compared with Tina Turner’s!” Fair enough, Ms. Winfrey! This sleek black catsuit was the perfect choice for shakin’ it next to the most fabulous pair of legs the world has seen!
At the 76th Annual Academy Awards, 2003: One of Oprah’s many figure-flattering gowns. A regal look fit for the queen of daytime!
Oprah announces her final season, 2009: Oprah tells the world she would not renew her contract for 2012 in a grey frock. How appropriate that she wore the colour that results in the mix of black and white– sadness and hopefulness for the future. And that bow don’t hurt, either.
Oprah on OWN press tour, 2011: Oprah rocks her queenly robes to her press tour for her newly launched network. I love the collar on this and the deep teal jewel-toned hue. It’s a great look to kick off a great endeavor.
We will definitely miss Oprah. She’s inspired us not only as a woman and philanthropist, but as one of the most influential black people in the world. Can’t wait to see where she takes this network now that she’s going to be working on it full time!
What’s your favorite Oprah look?