With a crown of flowers in her hair, Billie Holiday or Lady Day, as she was called, captivated audiences with her jazzy voice and distinctive sound.
Born Eleanora Fagan Gough in 1915, Billie adopted her stage name from an actress she admired at the time, Billie Dove, and the musician Clarence Holiday, her alleged father.
Sticking to a neutral color palette, Billie made her endlessly elegant stage looks her own with rows of pearls, instances of statement chandelier earrings, occasional turbans, and moments of dark lips.
The Philadelphia native also exuded glamour off the stage with fur coats, make-a-statement hats, and artistic earrings.
Holiday’s singular style has been played out on the silver screen by Diana Ross, who was cast as Billie in the film Lady Sings the Blues.
Magazines have also crafted editorials to salute the songstress, with Paula Patton embodying Holiday’s essence for Glamour magazine, and model Chanel Iman belting her soulful tunes for Peter Lindbergh in Harper’s Bazaar.
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