Since we are in the middle of awards season, I thought I should write about a vintage red carpet–worthy photo and this one leapt from my screen! Eartha Kitt was no stranger to awards shows. She was nominated for two Tonys and two Grammys and won three Daytime Emmy Awards over the course of her long career as an actress, dancer, and chanteuse, which began in the '50s and continued into the 21st century.
Her multi-ethnic beauty, kittenish persona, and distinctive sultry voice caught the world’s attention, but she didn’t leave it there. She used the spotlight to express her views on a wide range or subjects, both political and personal, at a time when beautiful women tended to be seen and not heard. Today, she may be best known for her rendition of “Santa, Baby.” Let’s give a round of applause to this spectacular, strong woman whose sleek beaded gown long-predated the revealing stunner Rihanna wore to the CFDA Awards last year—and who could have “broke the internet” (à la Kim Kardashian) had she been a celebrity in this day and age—while keeping her clothes on.