BY CONSTANCE C.R. WHITE

With any number of tools and an army of experts available, most celebrities can look reasonably turned out for public occasions. Now and again, some even hit a home run and show up on Kathie Lee and Hoda’s “hit” list the morning after an awards show. It’s widely accepted that celebrities have become quite influential, yes, but it doesn’t follow, necessarily, that they’re good fashion role models. Who’s fashionable and who is influential are two very different assessments.

We thought we’d look at who’s fashionable. Who gives fashion a good name, appears to make conscientious choices about clothes and again and again chooses styles that flatter their body – with or without a stylist. We don’t care. It doesn’t really matter how you got to the party, but just that you made it there.

‎The other thought about this is that we all now have to dress for the third eye. There are cameras everywhere and so you’ve got an advantage if you look good on a cell phone, and all the people on our list do.

We limited it to women after we started the compilation. There are so many guys who could make the cut, they deserve their own list.

Carefully considered but in no particular order:

Rihanna

With a fashion IQ in the Mensa range, she has young women saying “WWRW?” What would Rihanna wear?

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Cate Blanchett

Elegance on and off screen with an aged wine meets modernist art aura.

Cate Blanchett


Miley Cyrus

No evolution here, more like a revolution and a rebellion rolled into a Subway sandwich with all the fixin’s.

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Lady Gaga

Her fashion arc is high and wide – from the inexplicable meat dresses (methinks there may be more than one) to the startlingly conservative (for Gaga, anyway) black, strapless sheath worn to the Golden Globes.

Lady Gaga


Taylor Swift

Taylor morphed from sweet, homey girl-next-door into sophisticated fashion gal, seemingly overnight.

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Beyonce

Her surprise “Formation” video may be her most impactful ever on multiple levels, including the fashion story. This and her recent Vogue cover continue to mark her evolution from glitzy goddess to glamorous fashion fatale.

Beyoncé Knowles


Jennifer Lopez

The original “I woke up like this” fashion plate and she’s still going strong.

Jennifer Lopez


Angelina Jolie

She makes “ladylike” look edgy and covered-up look sexy.

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Lupita Nyong’o

A penchant for serious runway fashion and the aplomb to wear it.

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Gwen Stefani

The double hyphenate is real: a singer-designer, she’s her own best L.A.M.B. customer, with a branded look mixing celluloid beauty with Rastafarian inspirations.

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