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Vanilla Beane MILLINER, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Ninety-four-year-old Vanilla Beane is a milliner who knows that a hat can be so much more than mere headgear. Beane created hats for civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height, whose hats were known far and wide as a statement of her dignity and grace. Beane began her hat business after retiring from the federal government, and thirty years later her creations remain very much in demand. Beane still works full time at Beane Millinery, her boutique in the Manor Park neighborhood of Northwest Washington.
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