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Edited by on February 21 2012 at 2:39 PM

The bombshell is a creature at one with her sexuality — a lady, never  a tramp, who uses her feminine wiles to seduce, control and if she so chooses, destroy. She’ll easily walk the fine line between good girl and trashbag and openly flirt with the dichotomy of Madonna and whore — and I’m not talking about that whore, Madonna. The bomnbshell is not merely a pretty face or a rockin’ bod — she’s a force to be reckoned with. It takes a little work, but anyone can learn the art of bombshelling. Just take a tip or three from the  iconic bombshells of yore in these twelve classics films.

12 Classic Films to Channel Your Inner Bombshell

Bombshell (1933)

Jean Harlow ascended to her throne as the original blonde bombshell in this screwball comedy about disillusioned actress Lola Burns and her attempts at living a “normal” life. Spoiler: doesn’t work out for her.


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Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester at fashionindie.com