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17 Times Influential Black Women (Other Than Beyoncé) Were Totally #Flawless

You'll never look at Shirley Chisholm the same way again.

Beyoncé has more or less put a trademark on the word “***Flawless” to describe herself, but she’s far from the only black woman out there showing exactly what “***Flawless” means. Here's a picture perfect tour through the history of black women in America, showing how many of them could still teach Beyoncé a thing or two about being, well, you know...

  1. That time Frances Wills and Harriet Pickens became the first female African-American officers in the Navy.
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  2. That time in 1945 (out of so many other examples!) of Dorothy Dandridge looking incredible while performing on stage.
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  3. That time author Alice Walker posed for a publicity shot for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Color Purple.”
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  4. That time when Shirley Chisholm, America’s first black Congresswoman, made the victory sign.
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  5. That time Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison showed everyone her notebook AKA where the magic happens.
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  6. That time author Maya Angelou took a break from writing game changing books and throwing fabulous parties and had fun giving her garden LIFE.
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  7. That time in 1964 when Frankie Muse Freeman became the first black woman to be part of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
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  8. That time Coretta Scott King curled up with the best book ever (her own).
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  9. That time political activist Angela Davis gave a speech before the Women's Decade Conference.
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  10. That time in 1992 when Carol Moseley Braun became the first female African American Senator and called for more diversity in politics.
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  11. That time Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, who was the first black woman to be a mayor in a metropolis in the South, got to hold the Olympic Torch (jealz!).
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  12. That time Hattie McDaniel broke the history books by becoming the first black person to take home a coveted Oscar.
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  13. That time Althea Gibson became the first African-American to break the color barrier in global tennis, winning the Grand Slam title at the prestigious French Championships.
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  14. That time Disco Queen Donna Summer showed us the "Last Dance" we'd ever need to see.
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  15. That time Oprah was like, "What's this? Oh, just my VOGUE COVER."
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  16. That time Tina Turner performed “What’s Love Got To Do With It” in Holland and inspired every New Years Eve look ever.
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  17. That time singer Aretha Franklin was on “The Andy Williams Show” to let people know not only was she ***Flawless, but she deserved mad "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."
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