What’s the best black album cover of all time? That’s the question Robert Jones Jr., a.k.a. @sonofbaldwin, posed on Twitter yesterday with the now-viral hashtag #bestblackalbumcovers. Is it Teddy Pendergrass wearing the trifecta of loin throbs: fur, gold, and facial hair? Is it Donna Summer with a ball gown and boots? Is it Sade and her perfect lipstick?
Maybe it’s Janet Jackson’s Control?
Or maybe D’Angelo’s thirst-trap-ideal cover for Voodoo?
What’s not up for debate are the style and beauty lessons that each cover offers. Click through our slideshow for clothing, makeup, and hair inspiration from the best black album covers.