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There is history and there is herstory. At Parlour, we’re fans of femininity, and are proving it with a tribute to a few great women who created real change- and looked great doing it- with THE ICONS vol.1. This fashion spread is for you, a woman who understands that history, politics and fashion intertwine to form a striking legacy. Drawing from Angela Davis, Eva Duarte de Peron, Gloria Steinem, Indira Ghandi and Shirley Chisholm, we’ve worked hard to capture their original flavor just for you. Check it out above.

Thanks to the following superstars for another great shoot: Photographer: Itaysha Jordan, Stylist & Producer: Lyani Powers, Hair: Dante Blandshaw, Makeup: Sue Donoghue
And our lovely models:
Ming, Sonja & Azura {Q Models}, Jaslene & Saleisha {Elite}, and Mariel.
Also, Retoucher/Lifesaver: Jennifer Frances. Parlour loves you chica!!!

Here’s a historical breakdown of each of our ladies below. Know the ‘ledge ladies!:

Angela Davis: Freedom Fighter, Activist, Professor and Style Icon. Known to most at the third woman and the 309th individual to appear on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List, Angela’s life is a testament to resilience and passion…as well as the afro! Learn more about Ms. Davis here.

Eva Duarte Peron: To some she is a saint, to others…el diablo himself. Regardless of where she lies in your eyes…you can’t deny her style and grace and her effect on the history of Argentina. The hair, the ruby red lips and her penchant for campaigning in floor-length fur coats is something of legend (right, Madonna?). See what we mean here.

Gloria Steinem: The mother of the modern feminist movement, Gloria’s trademark wit, honesty and great hair has been in the Parlour mind-frame since we were wee tots. We had to give her the serious side-eye on her recent statements about Obama and women vs. African-American’s..but we will let that slide. Read about how she made being a Playboy Bunny into a political statement and lifelong career here.

Indira Gandhi: India’s first, and to-date only, female Prime Minister. During her highly controversial career, she learned by assisting her father, eventually succeeding him as Prime Minister. As with most powerful women in the world, she had her friends and her foes…leading up to her assassination in 1984. Read more about here here.

Shirley Chisholm: Shirley!!! When Shirley became the first Black woman to be elected to Congress and the first major-party black presidential candidate she invigorated the political process for the millions of African Americans in the United States. Her ’72 election theme, “Unbought and Unbossed” is still a classic in this time of political action. Learn more about Shirley and her penchant for great suits here.

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