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July 29 2014

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Beauty Sound Bite: Diana Ross Wasn’t Always a Diva

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Diana Ross Portrait Session“It started right after some of the touring days, right after we started having hit records and started doing television specials, and they would hire a makeup person for us. But before then we would do our own makeup. I would create my own eyeliner—lots of eyelashes. I would create my own look that I thought was right for me…It was a wonderful, playful time, and fashion, beauty, and clothes became a part of the image of who the classic Diana Ross was.”

When asked in an interview when she first started having her makeup professionally done, Ross provided the response above—but her life wasn’t always full of glitz and glamour. She grew up in the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit before rising to fame, re-creating what she saw in magazines and on television with products she purchased from Woolworth’s or the local five-and-dime. Eventually, her look—big hair and even bigger eyelashes—would become a thing of beauty legend. On the cusp of her 70th birthday and solo tour, we delve into the disco queen and original diva’s past in this month’s Beauty Icon feature.

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