Why is Dorothy Dandridge hardly mentioned when the discussion of beauty and talent is brought up? Is her beauty not equal to her peers such as Marilyn Monroe? It bothers me that more black women idolize Monroe over Dandridge. For those that are not familiar with this timeless beauty, we have a complete rundown of who she is.
The white woman has always been held as a prized possession for the past few hundred years now. I still do not know how this happened but a change is needed. Most African American women do not even know who Dorothy has let alone what she contributed to the makeup and beauty world. We still use her tips and tricks today. But before we get into her beauty regimen, allow me to introduce to you the beauty Dorothy Dandridge.
Dorothy Dandridge was an actress and singer born November 9, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio. In her early years, she was to become a singer and entertainer and was introduced to show business at a young age by her mother, actress Ruby Dandridge. She had a joint group with her older sister at the time. Dorothy was always recognized by her beauty and as mentioned before was formerly known as the “Black Marilyn Monroe”. Now let us get into this makeup artistry.
Our intern Rachelle is obsessed with hair and makeup and took the time to do her research on Dorothy’s beauty secrets. We have a video snippet from Paris Chanel on how to get the Dorothy Dandridge iconic look.
Makeup Routine: Dewy Skin – Defined Arched Brows, Signature Moles above the lip, Mascara on top and bottom lash, Rosy Cheeks and Bold Bright Colorful Lip (Red or Tangerine) smokey wing eyeliner complete with a smudged water line.
If I were white I could capture the world. -Dorothy Dandridge