It may be hard to believe, but there really was a time when celebrities actually had to be talented at something in order to become famous… what a concept! Yes, it’s true. However, what’s even more preposterous than that is the fact that studio heads wanted potential Hollywood prospects to have the ability to sing, dance, and act… and be good at all three! I know. I know. Some of you bow ties may need to sit down in your seats after that little tidbit. The truth can be hard to digest at times.
Be that as it may, this seemingly now archaic notion to finding talent in the movie and music industries greatly contributed to the nostalgia of what is commonly referred to as the “golden age of Hollywood” (1927 – 1963). Fashion was another contributing factor to this era and was so influential that it became a “look” in and of itself. And just like that, the style of “Old Hollywood Glamour” was born. And do you know who can teach us bow ties a thing or two about Old Hollywood Glamour? Madonna. Yes, that Madonna… the pop star. The one that
almost pretty much broke her derrière on national television. Mmmm hmmm… her! Anyway, you may be asking yourself, “what the hell does Madonna know about Old Hollywood Glamour?” Ummm… have you ever listened to Vogue?!? Join me:
On the cover
Of a magazine
Of a beauty queen
Dance on air
They had style
They had grace
Gave good face
We love you
See. Told you. Madonna does know a little something about Old Hollywood Glamour. However, she left a few very important names out. Names that paved the way in Hollywood so people who look like me could act and be seen on the big screen. When we talk about Old Hollywood Glamour, many fail to include “Black Hollywood” in that realm… which is tragic as these performers where ahead of their time, incredibly talented and fiercely stylish all the while facing deplorable and unequal treatment due to devastating racial discrimination. Mr. Harry Belafonte is one of the names. Handsome, distinguished and sophisticated, Mr. Belafonte was an amazing talent and a huge presence onscreen. Kanye West? Chris Brown? Take notes gentlemen. This is how you dress. Heck, this is how you act. Singer, actor, civil rights activist and philanthropist, Mr. Belafonte has accomplished amazing feats and overcome countless obstacles… and he did it all while looking absolutely dapper! Even now, in his 80’s. Yep, chew on that for a while.
(images: theredlist.com, pinterest, classic film scans, internet)
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