Black IS beautiful.
Black women are beautiful.
For many years, the standards of beauty put forward by society weren’t supportive of black beauty: the prohibition of natural Afro hair in the workplace, the preference for lighter skinned women against darker skinned women and more.Such misguided concepts are being corrected now that society is moving away from those ideas and letting it resound around the world that black is beautiful.
African women are so diverse from the way they look, dress and speak. All African women are worthy of admiration and celebration, true to the reason we compiled this list — to celebrate African beauty in its glorious range.
From Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o, to Nigerian veteran actress/producer, Genevieve Nnaji, and in no particular order, here are the most beautiful black women in the world right now.
This content creator and beauty/lifestyle vlogger is a delight to see. Also a fashion blogger, JTO is familiar with all your favourite clothing brands and puts them together so well. In 2019, she launched the JTO X Orange Culture Capsule Collection which included beautiful pieces crafted from locally sourced materials in Nigeria. We’ll keep watching out for this beauty in the fashion space.
One of biggest media personalities out of Africa, it’s not unexpected that Bonang made it to Forbes Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women 2020. This South African doll is also a successful businesswoman launching House of BNG, a luxury beverage brand. Last year, she was named African Influencer of the Year at the 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards. Bonang broke viewership records TWICE this month when the first episode of the two-part documentary of her incredible 2019, A Very Bonang Year, premiered on SABC with over 1.86 million views and the second episode gathered more than 2 million views. What can’t Bonang achieve?
Even more striking than her amazing bod is her extraordinary talent. Hailing from Ghana, this actress has major roles in blockbuster movies like Potato Potahto and Cold Feet, both streaming on Netflix. Keep up with Joselyn on YouTube at her channel, Joselyn Dumas Channel.
If you’ve watched Netflix’s first African Original Series, Queen Sono, Pearl Thusi needs no introduction. You may also remember her from Quantico where she played the role of Dayana Mampasi, an attorney and CIA recruit. As one of the most influential actresses from South Africa, we understand you are looking forward to seeing more of her. Good News: Queen Sono has been renewed for a second season!
She has the looks of an angel with the voice to match. This Tanzanian songstress has given us many platforms to listen to her so you can keep up with Vanessa Mdee through her radio shows, music, and her podcast, Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee.
This South-Sudanese model is rich in melanin and success. Growing up in Australia, Duckie started with minor modelling gigs then later blossomed into working on campaigns for Fenty x Puma, Fenty Beauty, Moschino, Balmain, and Oscar de la Renta. She also walked in the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Adut has probably modelled for every major international fashion brand you could think of. The Australian-Sudanese model is also the cover star of Vogue Australia’s January and August 2020 Issues. Last year, she won the ‘Model of the Year’ award at the British Fashion Awards in London. We are always rooting for her.
Known as the Queen of Afrobeats, Tiwa Savage is as sensational as her music. One of the biggest music stars out of Africa, she’s taking our African sound across the globe. In 2018, Tiwa became the first woman to win the award for ‘Best African Act’ at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards. She just released her fourth studio album, Celia, available on all streaming platforms now.
“Pretty like Lupita when the cameras close in”, Beyoncé sang in Brown Skin Girl, a track crafted to celebrate, you got it, brown skin girls, included in her The Lion King: The Gift album. The official music video also featured the actress, radiant as usual. In 2019, Lupita published Sulwe, a children’s fiction book about a dark skinned girl who learned to love her rich shade. Lupita is a star of our generation and we’ll keep on supporting her.
This veteran actress has made immense contributions to the Nigerian Film Industry. Over the years, she’s been an actress, director, producer, model and even one-time singer! We wish we could just so you’d know how iconic she is but we can’t write out all Genevieve’s film roles, awards and achievements because they are just so many. In 2020 alone, she’s been invited to join The Academy and appointed an ambassador for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) — flourishing even in a pandemic! Wishing Genevieve more wins.
There you have it! That’s our list. Who did we leave out? Is there anyone you think shouldn’t have made this compilation? Why not? Tell us in the comments!
Like we said, our list was made to celebrate African women in their glorious range. We are all phenomenal.
Dear black woman reading this, know that you are beautiful.