“The Most Beautiful Woman In Harlem,” 1940-50’s, Marva Trotter (Photographs)

If ever there were a real-life cleopatra—a woman whose beauty and style could knockout champions, or launch a thousand ships—it was Marva “Louis” Trotter dubbed “the most beautiful woman in Harlem”.

Here is a fabulous curated selection of Ms. Trotter taken by paparazzi uptown:

From her sporty single 40s pin-up days to her sultry, late-50s sophisticated partner to Joe “Bronze Bomber” Louis, the above photographs are a short survey of Trotter-Louis’s iconically beautiful portraits.

Photo credit: 1) Behind every great woman is a great man, a stunning portrait in a flesh tone dress of Marva Trotter Louis, 1955.  2) A smiling Marva Trotter strikes a pose wrapped in fur, dubbed “the most beautiful woman in Harlem”. 1945. 3) The fabulous Harlemite socialite Marva Trotter Louis surrounded by a beautiful satin dress at home in Harlem in 1959. 4) Marva Trotter front row at future husband Joe “The Bronze Bomber” Louis’s fight, 1952. 5) A smiling, Marva Trotter “the most beautiful woman in Harlem” steps into her Duesenberg in Harlem, 1940’s.

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