Each week, FADER Media Style Director Chioma Nnadi will comment on the throwback style and fashion of a Suite903 artist. Today’s Re-Issue: Lena Horne.
I was watching Anderson Cooper last night on CNN, and the reports of Lena Horne’s passing were starting to sink in. Dionne Warwick was on the show, and said something I thought was really beautiful: “Lena always said, ‘There is room on my shoulders for all my children.’” Lena was a mentor to Warwick and many other fledgling divas, and the only other woman that Cissy Houston would allow Dionne to call mama.
Unlike many of her famous peers, Horne lived to the grand old age of 92 and walked gracefully through every step of her life and nurturing all those around her. Horne had so many amazing firsts to her name—first black woman to appear on the cover of a magazine, the first black woman to sign a contract (a long-term contract) with a major Hollywood studio. She was the first black movie star on Earth, and brought a combination of humility and glamour to her game that has never really been surpassed.
Lena Horne, “Stormy Weather”