Over the years, society’s standards of beauty for women have always been the Barbie-looking type; fair, blonde and sexy. However, the African-American’s major public contributions to the world since the 1920’s have catapulted their women into prominence. There have been great African-American women who have excelled in the fields of performing arts and entertainment.
Being black and being a woman hasn’t hindered these beautiful ladies to work hard and become successful. They continue to use their popularity and influence to create positive changes and to inspire and promote confidence not only among their descent but as well as to all young women worldwide.
Below is the list of the top ten most beautiful African-American women in the world.
10. Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana is an actress known for her breakthrough roles in American teen drama films, Center Stage and Crossroads. She later became famous for her lead roles in James Cameron’s Avatar as Uhura and in the action film Colombiana. She was a member of the Brooklyn-based theater group FACES, which aims to provide positive messages to teens by giving performances with themes dealing with issues of substance abuse and sex. She also became the face for Calvin Klein’s underwear line, Envy, in 2010.
9. Paula Patton
Paula Patton was born on December 5, 1975. Her mother is a school teacher and her father is a lawyer. She graduated Magna Cum Laude at the University of Southern Carolina with a degree in Film. She later came into prominence after landing a lead role in the 2011 action film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. She also provided additional singing vocals for Usher’s 2004 album Confessions. Her husband is American R&B singer-songwriter Robin Thicke.
8. Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson is an actress, singer and writer. She was born on May 9, 1979 in New York City. She actively supports the Lower East Side Girls Club, the ONE Campaign, Amnesty International, Oxfam and other charities and philanthropy programs. Her latest film is the British psychological thrillerTrance, directed by Danny Boyle.
7. Tatyana Ali
Tatyana Ali was born on July 24, 1979. She is an R&B singer and actress popular for her childhood role as Ashley Banks on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She has a bachelor’s degree in African American studies at Harvard University. In 2008, she became a spokesperson for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
6. Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is a musician, record producer and actress. Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, sold over 12 million copies worldwide and earned five Grammy Awards in 2002. She is in the number ten spot in Billboard Magazine’s “Top 50 R&B/Hip Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years”. As an actress, she appeared in films such as Smokin’ Aces, The Nanny Diaries and The Secret Life of Bees. She is currently the Global Creative Director of Blackberry mobile devices.
5. Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington is an actress, director and narrator who recently played as Broomhilda von Schaft in Quentin Tarantino’s critically-acclaimed 2012 film Django Unchained. She became the first African-American female lead in a TV network drama when she accepted the role as Olivia Pope in ABC’s political series Scandal. As a political activist, she was one of the celebrities who supportedBarack Obama’s presidential candidacy. She also spoke for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She ranked number 2 on People Magazine’s”100 Most Beautiful People in the World” in 2013.
4. Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams is an actress, singer, producer and former fashion model. She became the first African-American woman who won the Miss America pageant in 1983. She has earned multiple Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award nominations. She is popular for portraying as Wilhemina Slater, a self-absorbed diva and former supermodel in the hit comedy series Ugly Betty; and as the rich spoiled woman Renee Perry in Desperate Housewives. She is also known for recording the song “Colors of the Wind”, an original soundtrack for the Disney animated film Pocahontas. Her song won the Best Original Song in the 68th Academy Awards in 1995. She supports same sex marriage and gay rights.
3. Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks is a former model, television personality, actress and author. She was born on December 4, 1973 in California. She started modelling at the age of 15. She became the first African-American woman to grace the covers of “GQ”, “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue” and the “Victoria’s Secret” catalog. She is the CEO and owner of Bankable Productions, which produced the popular TV showsAmerica’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show. She won the Daytime Emmy Award in 2008 and 2009 for her talk show. She also established a scholarship program for African-American girls and a public charity called the Tyra Banks TZONE.
2. Halle Berry
Halle Berry is an award-winning actress and a former fashion model. She finished first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant and sixth in the 1986 Miss World pageant. She played the female lead role Jinx in the twentieth installment of the James Bond film series in 2002. In the same year, she won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Monster’s Ball. To date, she is the first and only African-American woman to win the prestigious award for a leading role. Aside from being one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, she was ranked number 1 in People Magazine’s list for “50 Most Beautiful People” in the World in 2003.
Beyoncé is a singer-songwriter, dancer and actress. She came into prominence for being a part of the world’s bestselling girl groups of all time, Destiny’s Child. In 2003, she released a solo album titledDangerously in Love, which won five Grammy Awards. Time Magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. She is married to top hip-hop artist Jay Z. They have a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter who was born in January 2013. Both of them are a supporter of President Barack Obama. She also supports same sex marriage.