Style Icon: Nina Simone’s Revolutionary Beauty

Nina Simone - What Happened Miss Simone

Known as “the high priestess of soul”, legendary jazz singer Nina Simone’s storied musical journey allowed her to transition from just making a living with her craft to empowering and changing lives during the civil rights era. And her style served as the perfect accessory, evolving and challenging perceptions as she graced stages across the world.

From bouffants and short bobs to afro crowns and head dresses, the woman with the haunting raspy voice made bold statements with her hair and style, helping change how we defined Black beauty.

On the heels of the recent must-see release of What Happened Miss Simone? documentary, which provides never-before-seen footage and insight to her confidence, power and pride, as well as the accompanying musical tribute Nina Revisited…A Tribute To Nina Simone, we say salute to this style icon who was fearless and ahead of her time.

Click through for images from throughout her musical journey.

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About The Author

Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for