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Ten Iconic Curly Celebrities

By January 27th, 202122 Comments

Ten Iconic Curly Celebrities
Naturallycurly writes;

From Shaun White to Chaka Khan, there are so many great curlies to choose from (though never enough, right?) that we had a hard time whittling it down to just 10—5 curly guys and 5 curly gals. We chose these curlies based on varying factors: Are they natural (most of the time at least)? Do they represent curlies? Do they wear their curls proudly? Do we associate them with curly hair?

Here are our picks for Ten Iconic Curlies from old school to present day (and we mean old school). Ladies first, of course (but other than that, no particular order)!

Read on…

Who are your curly icons?


  • NikNak says:

    I stopped after I read them call Chaka Khan's mane "4b." It's kind of a reminder of how stupid the hair-typing system is, but the fact that they can look at Chaka Khan's hair and say it looks the same as say this woman's hair–ponytail.jpg

    lets me know what's up.

  • Curly Chic says:

    Traci Ellis Ross mos def! Check out my post about it:

  • Tia says:

    esperanza spalding and eryka badu hands down! I love me some big fros!

  • nellboogie says:

    I agree with the list we are compiling on this site! I wanted to add Lisa Nicole Carson of "Love Jones" and "Ally Mcbeal" fame…Love her big hair!

  • bludini1 says:

    Marsha Ambrosius, Goapele, Amiel Lauriex

  • Anonymous says:

    who wakes up thinking "i wish i looked like Albert Einstein"? …what a list

  • Anonymous says:

    Teyana Taylor and HairCrush on Youtube. I watch her videos just to look at that awe inspiring mane

  • Anonymous says:

    I was thinking the same when I was going through the pics. With each click I became more and more disappointed.

    I have some of my own:

    Me'shell Ndegeocello
    Laura Izibor
    Assata Shakur

    Shout out to the individuals who acknowledged Janelle Monae and Tracie Thoms! I love them!

  • socialitedreams says:

    Corrine bailey rae, teyana taylor, diana ross, noemie lenoir, tracie thoms, wakeema hollis 🙂


  • Anonymous says:

    I meant to write Roshumba WilliaMs

  • Anonymous says:

    Roshumba Willians (the TWA years), Rachel True, Janelle Monae, Rae Dawn Chong, Jill Scott, Mari Morrow, Tamara Tunie, Karyn Bryant, Gloria Reuben and Esperanza Spalding.

  • Anonymous says:

    I know I could never have it but I love Kangana Ranauts' hair

  • ikkin says:

    Wanda Sykes, Esperanza, Michelle Hurd, Chaka Khan and even SJP. I dont know what kind of hair Diana Ross has hiding under her wigs, but I like her curly and long afro wigs

  • Anonymous says:

    Bogus list! Only Shirley Temple, Bernadette Peters and Slash rate as CURLY. The others either have WAVY hair or wear wigs. Plus how can the male list leave out Fredrick Douglas, Phillip Michael Thomas and Justin Timberlake???

    Some of my icons – Tanika Ray, Kelis, Melba Moore, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Bernadette Peters, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

  • Racheal says:

    honorable mention

    1. Rachel True
    2. Kelis

  • Racheal says:

    not a good list if your focus is geared towards the readers of this site

    Racheal's Fav (in no ordeer)

    1. Yaya Decosta
    2. Chili
    3. Solange
    4. Lauryn Hill
    5. Erykah Badu
    6. Tracee Ellis Ross
    7. Angela Davis
    8. Pam Grier
    9. Jill Scott
    10. Esperanza Spalding

  • Racheal says:

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  • Anonymous says:

    Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross and Dr. Phoenyx Austin!

  • Anonymous says:

    Not a good list- at least for this site's readers. Howard Stern? Come on.

  • Anonymous says:

    disappointing list 🙁

  • Miah says:

    i posted a picture of shaka khan and nicki minaj on facebook. the resemblance is scary and I am not the only one who thinks so! Please, feel free to do the comparison. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Wanda Sykes, Solange Knowles, Esperanza Spalding, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Lisa Gaye Hamilton…

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