Carmen Miranda took the U.S. by storm with her sexy sambas and animated vocalizing in the 1940s, and she made a number of movies in Hollywood ("Down Argentine Way," "The Gang's All Here," "Copacabana.").
The wedge shoes she inspired other women to try are a hallmark of 1940s fashion, and the style was a big hit when it was revived for my generation in the 1970s. She also popularized fruit motifs in costume jewelry.
You can see Miranda's tall silver wedges peeking out from under her gown in this film clip from "Down Argentine Way (1940):
The way Miranda layered multiple outsized necklaces and bracelets is a style that a few fashion forward women pull off today.
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