(The Root) — These are pictures you rarely see in your American-history books: black women dressed to the nines, swaddled head to toe in glamour, getting married, going to parties or just holding their children. The Tumblr Vintage Black Beauties provides a look at everyday women being beautiful, every day.

Old pictures of nonfamous black folks often depict the historic struggles they had to endure — sit-ins, poverty, plantation life. But the pictures on this website are refreshing because they prove, as the site says, "People don't have to be glamorous or famous to be beautiful."

A sampling of the amazing pictures at Vintage Black Beauties appears below; head here to see the rest.


Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist and blogger from Louisville, Ky.