Starting from the 40’s, and up into the 90’s, we’ve found vintage print ad’s from Aaliyah, Langston Hughes, and Puff Daddy, to Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, and even Tupac!

Black History Month approved, this cool little list includes our favorite print advertisements to ever ride through the history of celebrity endorsements. There’s nothing like seeing your favorite celebrity model for your favorite designer, rock your favorite sunglasses, drive your favorite car, or walk in a runway show you’ve always dreamed of sitting front row in.

You know what they say, there’s nothing new under the sun.

Aaliyah Tommy Hilfiger ad The late Aaliyah  Aaliyah in one of her 1990’s Tommy Hilfiger ad campaigns.

Quincy Jones Model for Mercury Records

Legendary Music Producer Quincy Jones in a 1962 Mercury Records print ad.

Karl Kani Tupac Model

The late and great Tupac Shakur in a 1995 Karl Kani ad campaign.

langston hughes_smirnoff vodka model

Poet Langston Hughes in a 1960 Smirnoff Vodka ad.

Whitney Houston rare 1980s Max Factor model ad photo

The late Whitney Houston in a 1980’s Max Factor print ad.

Billy Dee Williams tcb model print ad

Bill Dee Williams in a 1984 tcb hair products print ad.

Lil Kim_Mary J Blidge_Mac Viva Glam March 2000_black barbie

Rapper Lil Kim with Singer & Actress Mary J Blidge for the MAC Viva Glam ad campaign, March 2000.

Ruby Dee in a 1966 ad for Simplicity sewing patterns.

Actress Ruby Dee, in a 1966 Simplicity sewing patterns ad.


Puff Daddy Diddy in a 1996 Karl Kani Jeans ad campaign.

Dorothy Dandridge model photo Rheingold beer print ad

The gorgeous Dorothy Dandridge in a 1960 Rheingold beer print ad.

Dorothy Dandridge model photo Jax beer print ad

Dorothy Dandridge again in a 1950’s Jax Beer print ad.

Nas Karl Kani model

Rap icon Nas for a 1996 Karl Kani print ad.


Diana Ross in a 1972 Blackglama Mink “What Becomes A Legend Most?” Ad Campaign

LL Cool J Fubu Model print ad

Rap icon LL Cool J in a 1996 FUBU print ad.

Legendary Judy Pace model in Ultra Sheen print ad

Hollywood starlet Judy Pace in a 1967 Ultra Sheen print ad.

Snoop Dogg Lugz Model 1997

Snopp Dogg Lion in a 1997 Lugz print ad.

Do people still wear these?

Lugz Snoop Dogg Model 1998

Snoop Dogg Lion again in a 1998 Lugz print ad.

Carmen de Lavallade coca cola model print ad 1967Dancer/ Actress Carmen de Lavallade in a 1967 Coca Cola print ad.

Sam Cook old school cigarette model print ad

Singer Song-writer Sam Cooke for a 1964 L&M cigarettes print ad.

Natalie Cole model for 1970 Ebony Fashion Fair print ad

Singer Natalie Cole in a 1970’s Fashion Fair print ad.

Aretha Franklin model_Ebony Fashion Fair_print ad

As well as legendary musician Aretha Franklin, in a 1970’s Fashion Fair print ad.

Lil kim junior mafia model photo print ad davoucci 1996

Rapper Lil Kim and her Junior Mafia crew in a 1996 DAVOUCCI print ad.

Tupac and Kadida Jones model Versace fashion show milan 1996Did you know that Tupac walked in Versace’s SS 1996 show in Milan?

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Continued cheers to Black History Month,

-The Scoop