Beauty comes in many different shapes and sizes, and diversity is what makes our world shine. Today’s leading black ladies are outspoken, accomplished and inspiring, dominating our everyday media, initiating trends and altering the face of our society. Whether on stage, in the studio, on screen or on the runway; these ladies are changing the world in which we live. All while looking naturally gorgeous – and what’s fiercer than that? Here are the most beautiful black women in the world right now.
Queen B is hardly a woman who needs an introduction. She was voted the hottest woman of the 21st century by GQ. Beyonce rose to fame in the late 90s as lead singer of the girl-group Destiny’s Child. Besides her undeniable beauty and the whole desirability factor, she has come to be a pop-culture icon and one of the most influential singers in the music industry. She is a musician, a feminist, a brand and a mother – basically a goddess, with her art appealing to millions all over the world.
The youngest solo artist in history to release 11 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 is none other than the stunning Rihanna! Besides being a multiple award-winning, multi-platinum selling singer, she is also one of the most stunning women in the entertainment industry today. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine. Forbes also ranked her as the fourth most powerful celebrity of 2012 and she indeed is nothing less than powerful!
3. Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington is an actress and producer. Since 2012, Kerry has gained wide public recognition for her role as Olivia Pope in the ABC drama Scandal, being the first black lead actress on a network drama in 40 years. The actress has also graced the silver screen in movies like The Last King of Scotland, Django Unchained and Save the Last Dance, among other prominent films. In 2014, Kerry was included in Time Magazine’s ‘Time 100’ list.
4. Kelly Rowland
Grammy Award-winning singer Kelly Rowland gained prominence as the founding member of Destiny’s Child. She’d later go on to pursue a solo career and in 2002 she released her own album, Simply Deep, which sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and included the hit songs Stole and Dilemma. More recently, this beauty has starred as a judge on the hit Australian TV show The Voice.
5. Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union began her acting career in 1990 and ever since, she has remained very successful. The stunning beauty is known for her gorgeous signature smile, and we can’t stop admiring her luscious curves. Her most popular films include Think Like A Man, Isis in Bring it On, Bad Boys II and Top Five among others. Not only is she beautiful, but she has a heart of gold. Gabrielle is an advocate for survivors of assault and she does charity work both in her local community and nationally.
6. Jasmine Tookes
Jasmine Tookes has been modelling for Victoria’s Secret since 2012, and officially became an Angel in 2015. She was named a Top 10 New Model by models.com during New York’s Fashion Week in 2011. The gorgeous model has been in the industry since the age of fifteen and has worked internationally in a variety of campaigns and shows. Jasmine was selected to wear the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Fantasy Bra at the 2016 show in Paris, which made her the third black model to wear the bra.
7. Aja Naomi King
If you haven’t watched How to Get Away With Murder yet, now would be a good time to check it out. Aja Naomi King plays ‘Michaela Pratt’ in this engaging legal drama. The sexy starlet is considered to be one of the most promising black actresses in Hollywood at the moment. As a young girl, King wanted to be a doctor but the sight of blood made her feel ill, so she decided to pursue acting. Well, lucky for us because she’s absolutely killing it!
8. Lupita Nyong’o
The Oscar-winning Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o began her career as a production assistant. Her performance in 12 Years A Slave won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the sixth black woman to have won an Oscar in the category. In 2014, this gorgeous, talented woman was named “Woman of the Year” by Glamour and “The Most Beautiful Woman” by People. Plus, she is vocal about preventing sexual harassment and supports women and animal rights!
9. Tyra Banks
Of course, the ultra-fierce Tyra Banks makes the list. The America’s Top Model host is one of the original Victoria’s Secret Angels. She has come a long way as a media mogul – an actress, model, producer, a TV host and entrepreneur in Hollywood and the fashion industry to become one of the most successful black women in the world. She was the first African-American woman to be on the cover of GQ and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
10. Naomi Campbell
This fabulous actress and model got her first break at the age of just 15! She went on to establish herself among the top three most recognised and in-demand models of the late 80s and the 90s. Naomi has graced the covers of over 500 different magazines. She was also the first black model to appear in TIME magazine. Even at 47, Naomi Campbell still has the most incredible physique and manages to look nothing less than a Goddess.
Ciara began her singing career on an amazing note with her triple platinum album Goodies. Since her debut, she has sold over 23 million records worldwide. Among her various awards and accolades, she has won three MTV Music Video Awards, a Grammy as well as three BET Awards! Ciara also made it to the 2011 Maxim’s List of Hot 100 and she is regarded as one of the sexiest black women in the music industry.
12. Janelle Monae
Janelle is one of R&B’s most energised performers. The very talented artist has garnered six Grammy nominations. She has also played prominent roles in two Academy Award-nominated feature films – Moonlight and Hidden Figures, for which she received extensive appreciation and praise.
13. Alicia Keys
This incredible being is a 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, producer and also a New York Times best-selling author. Is there anything that Alicia Keys can’t do? Well, that seems unlikely. She is known for her natural beauty, and with a #NoMakeup campaign on Twitter, she recently launched a makeup-free campaign stating that the individuality of a woman is lost behind those foundations and mascaras. Overall, this stunner has achieved extraordinary milestones, leaving her mark on people all around the world.
14. Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana is one of the sexiest black women in the show business! She made her breakthrough in Center Stage as a dancer. She has also starred in Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean and Avatar. Zoe takes immense pride in her African ancestry and has said that no amount of backlash can make her honour and respect her black community any less. She has also made it to Maxim’s Hot 100 list more than once.
15. Winnie Harlow
Winnie Harlow is a model and public spokesperson on the skin condition vitiligo. She gained prominence as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model due to her condition. She was the first and only Canadian ever cast on the show. Following her elimination from America’s Next Top Model, Harlow modelled for the Spanish clothing brand Desigual. She soon became their official brand representative. She has also modelled for fashion magazines such as Dazed and i-D and the fashion website Showstudio.com.
16. Jada Pinkett Smith
This beauty started off her career with a guest appearance in a short-lived sitcom called True Colors. She has starred in over 20 films of different genres, some of which include – The Matrix Reloaded, The Nutty Professor and also the Madagascar series. Jada’s married to Will Smith, and they have two children – Jaden and Willow.
17. Chanel Iman
Chanel Iman is an American supermodel, best known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Vogue Paris has declared her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. She welcomed her first child with husband Sterling Shepard on August 10 this year.
18. Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson goes beyond looking just hot – she’s stunning! The actress, singer, comic book writer, producer and political activist made her on-screen debut in the teenage drama Kids in 1995. She has appeared in movies like Sin City, Percy Jackson, Rent and 25th Hour among others. Off-camera, this beauty is active in political, social and environmental causes and she’s also involved with such charities, organisations and campaigns. In 2014, she was on the list of AskMen’s 99 Most Desirable Women.
19. Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and presenter. She started her career at a young age, releasing her debut album So Uncool in 2007. Apart from her work in music, she is also a recognised actress. Palmer made her acting debut in the Barbershop 2: Back in Business in 2004 and rose to prominence for her breakthrough role in Akeelah and the Bee as well as starring in Madea’s Family Reunion. More recently, she was a series regular on Scream Queens, a horror-camp television show.
20. Jourdan Dunn
Jourdan Dunn is a fashion model, the first black model to walk a Prada runway in over a decade. She has been in campaigns for Burberry, Calvin Klein, Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop and many others. Plus, Dunn was the face of Rihanna’s collections for River Island. She appeared in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, and has won many Model of the Year awards. Is there anything this woman can’t do?
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