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Diana Ross

Image for Diana Ross
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Born Detroit, Michigan
Diana Ross achieved international stardom as the lead singer of the Supremes, the most successful female group in pop music history. Along with trio members Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, she made such songs as "Stop in the Name of Love" an indelible sound of her generation; during the 1960s, only the Beatles sold more records. Described as a "total entertainer," Ross electrified audiences with a voice that could put "swerves into the most unsupple lyrics." In 1970 she left the group to pursue a solo career as a singer and an actress.
The vivacious singer needed no identifying name in this Blackglama advertising poster. A highly successful use of celebrity endorsement, the fur campaign was launched in 1968 with a simple formula: a black and white photograph of a glamorous, recognizable star wrapped in mink with the tantalizing caption "What becomes a Legend most?"
Artist
Bill King, 1939 - 1987
Sitter
Diana Ross, born 26 Mar 1944
Associated Institution
Blackglama
Date
1973
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Photolithographic halftone poster
Dimensions
Sheet: 70.3 x 55.2 cm (27 11/16 x 21 3/4")
Type
Print
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Object number
NPG.2005.60
Title
Blackglama: What Becomes a Legend Most?
Culture
Diana Ross: American\African American
Topic
Costume\Outerwear\Coat\Fur
Poster
Commercial
Commercial\Advertisement
Diana Ross: Female
Diana Ross: Visual Arts\Designer\Fashion Designer
Diana Ross: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Diana Ross: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Pop
Portrait
Restrictions & Rights
© Bill King © American Legend Cooperative