YASSS QUEEN

Diana Ross’ Fiercest, Most Sickening Diva Looks Through the Years

1999 MTV Video Music Awards
Frank Micelotta Archive

Shortly before he departed office, president Barack Obama bestowed a series of Presidential Medals of Freedom upon several contemporary icons, including Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, and, most memorably, Diana Ross. It was the latest in a career of prestigious awards for Ross, who has pursued a musical career spanning decades that has landed her on the biggest stages in the world. An inspiration for everyone from Beyoncé to RuPaul, Ross returned to New York Monday for a five-night residency at City Center that will have her fans breathlessly screaming “Yassss Kween” to their heart’s content. It’s, then, fitting to look back on Ross’ always-impeccable style, which has been just as glamorous and fur-, feather-, and sequin-filled as many of her stage looks. From her memorable years as part of the Supremes to a glamazon era as a solo artist that continues to this day, it’s clear Ross has been just as much an icon off stage as on it.

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Cindy Birdsong, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross of the Supremes, 1968.

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Diana Ross poses in Grand Central Terminal in New York, New York, 1968.

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Diana Ross at the 1978 Motion Picture Pioneer of the Year awards in New York, New York, September 1978.

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Diana Ross at the 11th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 1984.

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Diana Ross at the Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York, March 1988.

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Diana Ross at the reception for Jazz and Blues Stolen Moments in New York, New York, April 1993.

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Diana Ross at the premiere of Serving in Silence in New York, New York, January 1995.

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Diana Ross at the 40th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 1998.

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Mary J. Blige, Diana Ross and Lil’ Kim during a memorable appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York in 1999 when Ross infamously played with Kim’s pasty.

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Diana Ross at the 31st annual NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California, February 2000.

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Diana Ross at VH-1 Divas: A Tribute to Diana Ross in New York, New York, April 2000.

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Diana Ross at the launch party for O: The Oprah Magazine in New York, New York, April 2000.

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Diana Ross at the 20th annual CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, New York, June 2001.

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Diana Ross at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party hosted by Graydon Carter in Beverly Hills, California, March 2002.

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Diana Ross at the Dream Halloween Los Angeles benefit for children suffering from HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, California, October 2002.

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Diana Ross at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for “Goddess: The Classical Mode” in New York, New York, April 2003.

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Diana Ross at the 32nd annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, November 2004.

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Diana Ross at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy Awards party in Beverly Hills, California, February 2006.

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Diana Ross at the TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, California, February 2006.

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Diana Ross at the Rick Weiss Humanitarian Awards in southern California, April 2006.

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Diana Ross at the launch of the Tiffany Blue Book Collection at the Museum of Natural History in New York, New York, October 2007.

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Diana Ross at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills, California, February 2012.

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Diana Ross at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, November 2014.