Remembering the queens of disco in all their glory
An ode to the most joyful genre in music history, and the women who made it
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For many, the 1970s were a non-stop party. Women’s liberation was gaining ground among Black women, giving birth to many of the 20th-century’s greatest divas. A turning point for the struggles of the gay community and the empowerment of Black women coincided in perfect harmony, and the two communities came together to create the best nightlife scene the world has ever known. Hello, Studio 54!
Disco may have hit a rough patch in the 1980s, when many cried out "disco sucks," but the genre has remained relevant to this day and has experienced many revivals. The women of disco are remembered as some of the great female icons of the 20th century, lifting up women of color, the LGBTQ community, and anyone who hears their music.
Click through the following gallery to look back at some of disco's most beloved queens and divas.
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