Pretty in the Past: Billie Holiday

From her earliest years, Billie Holiday’s life was crammed with drama and tragedy but her talent transcended it all to place her firmly among the musical legends of the twentieth century.
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From her earliest years, Billie Holiday’s life was crammed with drama and tragedy but her talent transcended it all to place her firmly among the musical legends of the twentieth century.

She was a survivor and a passionate woman and I think you can see that in her face, even in this elegantly posed shot.

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Billie Holiday

Her glossy black hair was often studded with creamy gardenias – a look that became her signature – and she had a sensuous beauty that matched her distinctive, emotion-filled voice, which allowed her to instill such feeling into songs like Strange Fruit and Good Morning Heartache.

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Lady sings the blues

Here she is performing The Blues Are Brewin' with the great Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong. I love the way the emotions of the song flicker across her face and how she puts so much passion into every single word. As she hypnotises the audience (and Louis) with her charisma, she is strong, sensual and beautiful.

Ok, tell me who else you'd like to see as a Pretty in the Past subject and I promise I will do one of your suggestions!

Picture Credit: Rex Features