The world is full of beautiful black women who have heavily contributed to popular culture, art, philanthropy, and business. Not only are these black women talented, accomplished, and famous, these ladies are also incredibly beautiful and sexy. From chart-topping music to best-selling books to blockbuster movies, these gorgeous queens have shaped our world. We’ve compiled a list to highlight and honor these actresses, musicians, and models for their contributions and success. From Beyonce to Gabrielle Union, here are the most beautiful black women in the world you need to know!
Beautiful Black Women
Many people consider Beyoncé a powerhouse figure – she’s beautiful, talented, and has incredible influence as a celebrity. Her vocal range is impressive, as seen by her roots in girl-band Destiny’s Child, and ever since – especially when she broke off into a solo career. She’s had hit after hit, and has topped charts even with unannounced album releases, such as her 2016 discography “Lemonade.” Her fans call themselves the “beehive,” and are ready at the helm to promote and defend her status as Queen B.
Stunning American actress, dancer, and singer Zendaya has been in the business since she was a small child, and became widely known after her role on Disney Channel’s Shake It Up. Since then, she’s surpassed 72 million followers on Instagram, joined the cast of Spiderman, and is the lead character in HBO’s Euphoria.
When it comes to successful, charming, inclusive, talented, and beautiful black women, Rihanna immediately comes to mind. In her music career, she’s sold over 250 million records, earning her the title of one of the top-earning musicians in the world, along with countless awards ranging from Grammys to Billboard Awards to African American Music Awards. Aside from her impressive vocals, the Caribbean-born artist is also an entrepreneur, owning and operating the Fenty brand. She’s also founded the Clara Lionel Foundation and is an ambassador to the government of Barbados.
Captivating, artistic, and quirky, Janelle Monáe is a beautiful musician, actress, producer, and LGBTQ icon. She’s known for her avant-garde performances, Covergirl partnership, tuxedo style, and eight Grammy nominations. She’s also been on the screen, in award-winning films like Hidden Figures and Moonlight and television shows like Electric Dreams. While flirting with ambiguity, Janelle pushes the envelope with her gender expression and has talked about her sexuality through a bisexual and pansexual lens.
Actress and producer Viola Davis is gifted, gorgeous, and stands out with her incredible career. Among many accolades, Viola is the only black woman to have been nominated for three Academy Awards. On the screen, Viola is known for movies such as The Help and television shows like How to Get Away with Murder. She’s been a top-performer on Broadway, television, and film.
Zoe Saldana is one of the most beautiful and accomplished black women in Hollywood, with a diverse career in film. Fans have seen her in the Marvel cinematic universe as the green-skinned Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, the blue-skinned indigenous character Neytiri in Avatar, and many non-CGI roles in films like Star Trek, Center Stage, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Regardless of character skin color, Zoe Saldana is known for her sexy stage presence and amazing skills.
Beautiful Lisa Bonet is a black woman who has graced television sets since her role as Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, starting in 1984. In her childhood, Lisa participated in beauty pageants until she was discovered and continues to be iconic. She’s the mother of Zoe Kravitz and wife of fellow heartthrob Jason Momoa.
Gabrielle Union has been blessing audiences with her timeless beauty and acting skills since the 1990s. This Nebraska-born author and actress has made waves, from Bring It On to Deliver Us From Eva. She’s also been active in philanthropy for victims of violence against women and has been praised, along with her husband Dwyane Wade, for their loving parenting style of their transgender child.
Many fans might recognize the stunning Jasmine Tookes as a highly successful supermodel and one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels. She’s the third black model to ever wear the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Fantasy Bra. Aside from lingerie, Jasmine has also been featured in top publications and fashion shows, from Vogue to Versace. She’s been included in Forbes’ “top-paid models” list, ranked in the entire world.
Aja Naomi King
As one of the main characters on the hit series How to Get Away with Murder, Aja Naomi King is a rising star as a beautiful black woman and prominent actress. She’s got over a million followers on Instagram, several reoccurring roles on television, and a resume that includes an award from the Black Women in Hollywood organization.
Many people recognize the beautiful Halle Bailey as the new face of the Little Mermaid – her name made headlines when Disney announced a black woman would be playing the redheaded character in a live-action film. Halle has been acting since childhood and is also in a widely successful band with her sister, called Chloe x Halle.
Beauty and skill intersect with actress Lupita Nyong’o, who has risen to fame in the performance industry. Lupita identifies as Kenyan-Mexican and has citizenship in both countries; she also is fluent in several languages, including Swahili, Spanish, English, and Luo. Career-wise, Lupita is an award-winning actress, starring in films like 12 Years a Slave, Star Wars, Us, and Black Panther, she’s performed on Broadway (and won a Tony Award), has written a bestselling children’s book, and was named “The Most Beautiful Woman” by People Magazine.
Before stepping into her role as creator and host of the hit television show America’s Top Model, Tyra Banks was known herself as one of the highest-paid models in the world. She rose to fame as the first black woman to pose on the cover of GQ Magazine and was an original Victoria’s Secret Angel. Tyra has several other accomplishments as an actress, talk-show host, author, producer, and even singer, and has been paving the way for other African American women to shine both on-screen and on the runway.
After being discovered at a shopping mall at the age of 15, Zuri Tibby rapidly gained traction as a beautiful black woman and professional model. In 2016, Zuri was the very first black model to represent Victoria’s Secret PINK brand and has subsequently walked in their high-profile shows.
The name Naomi Campbell has been associated with one of the most beautiful black women alive, since the British model’s career debut at age 15. Naomi was not only the first black model to appear in TIME magazine, but she also graced the covers of over 500 different publications across the world. Without argument, she’s one of the top supermodels of all time.
While widely considered one of the most beautiful black women in the world – even featured on Maxim’s Hot 100 list – Ciara is most known for her accomplishments in the recording studio. Since her breakout album, Ciara’s won numerous awards, from the Grammys to BET, and sold over 23 million records.
By the age of 12, Alicia Keys was a musician composing original songs. By 15, she signed onto Columbia Records and the rest of her career flourished: she has 15 Grammy Awards, recognition from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and 17 NAACP Image Awards, which recognize her talent within the black community. Alicia has been featured on several “Greatest Artists of All Time” lists and is a best-selling author, activist, mother, and icon in the music industry.
Since starring in the popular series Scandal in 2012, Kerry Washington has become a household name as an actress and producer. However, she’s been active in her career since 1994, acting in movie roles, from Fantastic Four to Django Unchained, as well as several independent films. In 2018, it was reported by Forbes that Kerry Washington was the eighth highest-paid actress in television, a well-deserved accolade.
Winne Harlow is immediately recognizable, as a beautiful black woman with a rare skin condition called vitiligo, which depigments sections of the skin. Winnie’s rise to fame as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model has also brought awareness to women who defy traditional beauty standards; she’s become an international inspiration, vitiligo spokesperson, and successful model.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Though Jada Pinkett Smith is married to Will Smith and mom to Jaden and Willow, her fame is all her own. This beautiful powerhouse gained fame throughout a career spanning over 20 films and launched a music career in the early 2000s. She’s also the owner of a production company, a children’s book author, and the host of the Facebook talk-show Red Table Talk.
American model Chanel Iman is a gorgeous powerhouse within the beauty industry. She’s recognized as her work with Victoria’s Secret, posing for major covers along the lines of Vogue and Vanity Fair, and her runway shows for top fashion brands, from Gucci to Michael Kors.
From Rent to Sin City to Luke Cage, Rosario Dawson has been a leading woman since 1995. Flawlessly beautiful, Rosario is also known for her singing, comic book writing, and producing talents, along with her contributions to philanthropy and social causes.
The ever-beautiful and talented Keke Palmer has been making waves in the entertainment industry since 2004. Her breakout role in Akeelah and the Bee allowed audiences to see a fierce talent and unique beauty at an early age, and she’s only continued to impress ever since. She’s created music, started a talk show, and continues to act in television and film roles.
With many awards and accolades on her resume – including the first black woman to walk a Prada runway in over 10 years – Jourdan Dunn is dazzling. Her iconic looks have been featured across the fashion industry, representing top labels, brands, and makeup companies like Maybelline New York.
As of 2007, Halle Berry is the only black actress to have taken home an Academy Award for Best Actress. She’s an incredibly talented, beautiful, and versatile actress, model, and household name who has been named “Sexiest Woman Alive” numerous times.
Solange is identified as a strong, beautiful, and talented black woman who has been active in the music industry since the age of 16. While she’s also known as Beyonce’s younger sister and a former member of the band Destiny’s Child, Solange has long since been a force of her own – with a Grammy Award, BET Award, and reputation as a top-grade R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress.
Taraji P. Henson
Once voted in the “10 Sexiest Women of 2001” by the readers of Black Men Magazine, Taraji P. Henson has been a longstanding figure of feminine beauty and power. This actress, singer, and author is as influential as she is skillful, with an Academy Award under her belt along with several captivating performances in productions such as Empire, Hidden Figures, Person of Interest, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Audiences have embraced Zoe Kravitz as a beautiful and talented actress, singer, and model. In addition to her band, Lolawolf, Zoe has had roles on-screen in X-Men, Big Little Lies, Divergent, and more. Her parents are Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz.
New York-based model Nykhor Paul was born into civil conflict in South Sudan and grew up as a refugee in Ethiopia before moving to the United States as a teenager. During her time in the US, Nykhor has risen to extreme success as a model, working for Louis Vuitton, Rick Owens, Bale, and Vivienne Westwood, and is revered for her gorgeous, dark-toned skin.
Harmonic in a group as well as on her own, musician Kelly Rowland started her career in Destiny’s Child before breaking out on her own. Beautiful, talented and successful, Kelly Rowland’s music has been prominent in mainstream culture since the 1990s.