I have always had a love for reading for as far back as I can remember. As a child I devoured books like The Baby Sitters Club and Goosebumps in less then 24 hours and moved on to literary classics by James Baldwin and Terry McMillian as I entered adulthood.
Lately I have become quite the book curator. My Amazon wish list is stocked full of both visually stunning and well written publications simply waiting for me to hit that “purchase” button. Hardbacks full of photography and tiny words have become my newest love. I am also obsessed with vintage beauty with Diana Ross and Dorothy Dandridge being big idols of mine.
Vintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer is a book I stumbled upon during my latest visit to Tendrils & Curls, a cute little natural hair boutique nestled in mid-Houston and local supplier of my beloved E’tae Caramel Treatment. I was kinda bummed when I returned home to find it sold out on Amazon but never one to give up, I was able to easily locate and order it on Rocket 88.
This canvas bound 200+ page book is filled of rarely seen photographs of popular and less-known black 20th century actors, dancers, socialites and wives including Gainer’s own aunt and opera singer, Ophelia De Vore. I see myself curling up this weekend with a cup of hibiscus tea and my quote journal to get more acquainted with what I am sure to be the one the most glamorous additions to my collection yet.
Who is your favorite 20th century starlet? Leave a comment and lets discuss.