Bella Donna: Diana Ross


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This week's Bella Donna is another singer (like last week's pick, Deborah Harry). The fabulous and dramatic Diana Ross is one of the most successful musical artists of all time, so it's no surprise that her unique look influenced legions of young women in the '60s and beyond.

The Detroit-born Ross leapt to fame as the lead singer of Motown supergroup The Supremes. Their hits, including "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "You Keep Me Hangin' On," brought incredible success to the quartet, and in 1968 Ross embarked on a solo career that lasted for decades. In more recent years, she's been in the news for her unusual behavior (remember when she grabbed Lil' Kim at the MTV Video Music Awards?), but there's no denying the influence she's had throughout the years.

Before Diana Ross, black women had relatively few pop culture icons. But when the Supremes hit the scene, everything changed (Even Oprah has said that Ross was her icon as a young girl). Ross' dramatic eyes relied on heavy eyeliner and false lashes—two huge trends in the '60s. As time went on, her hair evolved with the trends: From the flippy bob of her Supremes days, she went on to wear an afro before ultimately settling with the natural-looking curls she sports today.

To view a gallery of Diana Ross throughout the years, and to read her quotes on beauty, read more

  • On plastic surgery: "My kids would be really upset if I did anything like that, and I've seen so many pretty girls mess themselves up, and you can't turn things around."
  • "By the time I was 16, I was going to beauty school on weekends. I learned a lot about hairstyling, manicures and pedicures. When The Supremes went on the road, I did everyone's hair-you know, the hot iron and rollers. I wanted to learn everything about beauty to make people more attractive."
  • "I never like to think of myself as beautiful. I like to think of myself as healthy; beauty comes from being healthy."
  • "[Beauty] means being a good person, having integrity and loyalty and being true to your work. There's power in that! Walking around being self-indulgent about prettiness—that's not important."

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