Beauty is about power, intelligence, confidence and inner strength. The women listed here are all powerful human beings and have excelled in their chosen fields. Some have faced innumerable obstacles, some have had to battle many struggles but they all rose to realize their dreams and their potential despite it all. Michelle Obama Be it beauty or brains, Michelle Obama has become an idol for not only African American women, but for women everywhere. Obama but actually recognize her as Michelle.
She has her own identity, she is a dedicated mother and a devoted wife. In fact the world views her always at par with the President himself. Well that was Vanessa Williams for you. Did you know that this multi-talented light eyed beauty was the first African American woman to win the crown of Miss America? Now is that a coincidence or what? Of course my favorite part about Vanessa Williams will always be Wilhelmina Slater. She was so deliciously evil! I for one love Tyra in all her awesomeness!
A regular on music videos by Will Smith, 50 Cent, Imajin etc. Presenting the one and only, Iman! This list of the most beautiful black women would be incomplete without her! Her sudden death from drug overdose has left a huge gap in the music scene and in our hearts. Oprah Winfrey Oprah is one of the greatest women of our times! If not, have you been living under a rock? Did you know she was originally named Orpah, a Biblical name, but since most people pronounced it as Oprah, she changed it to that instead.
We love you Oprah! Toni Morrison Toni Morrison, the famous American writer, editor and professor is a Pulitzer award winning, Nobel prize awardee. Hattie McDaniel was a multi-talented entertainer — an adept singer, songwriter, stage actress and also a radio performer. In fact she was the first African American woman to sing on the radio in the United States. Halle Berry Killer looks, a killer body, and an intellectual mind are not a very common combination, but Halle Berry seems to be blessed with exactly that.
We love you Halle! Naomi Campbell The 90s are synonymous with this supermodel! Naomi Campbell is known as much for her endless legs and gorgeous looks as for her relationships with famous men like Mike Tyson, Robert de Niro and Adam Clayton U2 Bassist.
She has her own band called the Wisdom Wisdom where she is the song writer and the singer. Along with Trey, Jaden, and Willow, the Smiths make a picture perfect family! Florence Griffith Joyner If this name does not strike a chord with you, then this might help — Flo Jo. Now that must have definitely rung a bell, yes? Even though it has been almost two decades since she passed away, she still holds the record of being the fastest woman of all time! The world record that she had created in for both m and m are yet to be challenged.
Remaining unbeaten for so long? Now that really is something, huh! Who knew then that this lady would go on to win 18 Grammy awards becoming the best selling female artist of all time? She wanted to be a dancer when she was young and used to entertain her school friends during lunchtime and even while going to school.
To think if she had stuck to dancing, what a gem the music world would have missed! Known for her delivery and improvisation she has been known to influence many other famous singers including Frank Sinatra. She had had a particularly trying childhood having been abused extensively and had never received any formal training in singing.
Her sensuous screen presence has made her a classic face of the Jazz age in America. Diana Ross Who can forget that hair? Tina Turner Tina Turner is known as one of the most successful female rock artists, a very rare award since rock n roll is essentially a domain of male artists.
She has given innumerous hits and is considered to be one of the greatest on stage entertainers of all time. Having been exposed to jazz, blues and soul singers, she was always interested in singing. Jennifer Hudson This talented singer and actor first tasted fame as a singer as a finalist in American Idol. She also won the Grammy Award for her debut album. Talk about being super talented! She also stunned the world with her dramatic weight loss and makeover and is now a certified fashionista!
Kerry Washington Oh, what would we do without Scandal? Not only is she as pretty as a peach, but she also has an impeccable sense of style! I for one live to see her red carpet dresses and she never disappoints. Zoe Saldana This beautiful actress had initially planned to be a ballet dancer but later realized that she was not cut out for it.
Zoe is statuesque, oh-so-stunning, and so sweet! It was named Zouzou and was made in She was born in America but later in life became a famous dancer and entertainer in France. She is known to have refused to perform to segregated audiences in the US and is also known to have supported the French Resistance during the Second World War for which she was awarded the French Military Honor.
Venus Williams The former number one tennis player, Venus Williams was the first African American to achieve the feat. As if that was not achievement enough, she has 4 Olympic Gold Medals in her kitty. She also holds the record of hitting the fastest serve by a woman. Tall, and athletic, Venus seems to have been born to rule the tennis world! Serena Williams Is it a matter of coincidence that a single family has two girls ruling the roost in the tennis world?
Just like Venus, her younger sister Serena too simply refuses to let go of her rank in the tennis world and is currently ranked as number one. Known as being the girl with the grit, Serena has come back to win titles from seemingly impossible situations. Known to be as colorful on-court as off-court, Serena runs her own clothing line and is a certified nail technician.
Truly an all rounder! Oh how we love multi-talented women! She now has her own clothing line called Basic Terrain with husband David Pope. We wish this caramel skinned beauty nothing but sweet success! She owes her drop dead gorgeous looks to her mixed heritage. Sade Remember the most luscious red lips ever?! The smooth, silky voice that emanates from those lips have mesmerized millions for almost three decades now.
Sade is amazing, enough said! She is also a successful voice artist lending her voice to many animated movies. Talented and a sense of humor? Kelly, and The Notorious B. Rosario Dawson This unconventional beauty has carved her niche in the entertainment world as an actress and singer.
Working both in big budget films and indie movies, Rosario made her first appearance as a child in Sesame Street. The Lightning Thief, etc. Known for her social and political activism, she lets her work speak for herself. Angela Bassett Angela Bassett can be rightly described as a classical beauty, with her dark hair, sharp features and an alluring figure! Having graduated from the Yale University Drama school, Basset has proved her immense acting prowess through her work in biographical movies where she portrays strong women like Tina Turner and Betty Shabazz.
But Janet Jackson was able to carve her niche in the music world, make her place in it and have an identity quite separate from her illustrious brother Michael Jackson. She has given us hits right from the 80s all the way to the s. She also appeared in one of his movies called Jackie Brown for which she received a nomination for Best Actress for the Golden Globe Awards. We love a woman who has spunk!
Lupita Nyungo What can we possibly say about a woman as gorgeous and as talented as Lupita Nyungo? Lupita will move you to tears with her powerful performance. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe award for the same movie.
She also has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Her role in Carmen Jones also gave her the recognition of being the first Hollywood African American sex symbol. This was truly revolutionary to say the least. Did you know that Lauryn shared a romantic relationship with her fellow band mate when she was a member of the Fugees and that the relationship was the reason for the breakup of the band? Lupita Nyongo and Oprah Winfrey have both confessed that Alek Wek has inspired them to be proud of their African heritage.
She started her modeling career there, but currently lives in New York. She is such an inspiration to many little girls and we adore her! She is a renowned boxer herself and remains undefeated. It is said that her father was disappointed when she told him of her decision to join boxing because of the dangers involved in the game.