Black women have often been overlooked when it comes to the beauty and success conversation. Thankfully, that is changing as more celebrities such as Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Rihanna and Beyonce are showing the world what black beauty looks like.
These women have defied traditional standards of beauty and paved the way for others who want to look different than what society expects. In addition to being beautiful, many of these black female celebrities are also wildly successful in their respective fields — which is what this article is all about.
Some examples of this can be seen with Viola Davis has won numerous awards throughout her career, including an Academy Award and two Tony Awards; Cardi B has become one of the most successful female rappers in history; Lupita Nyong’o has received multiple awards for her work in films such as 12 Years a Slave; Rihanna has become the youngest woman to be named one of Forbes’ most influential women; and Beyonce has become one of the world’s highest-paid female entertainers.
These women are inspiring not only other black women, but all people who want to show that beauty is something that comes from within and success can be achieved regardless of where you come from.
With all of that being said, in this article, we are going to cover some of the most beautiful and gorgeous black women in the world today (specifically in Hollywood). See the full list below.
30 Successful and Attractive Black Women in Hollywood
With so many different successful and attractive black women in Hollywood (and in the world), it’s so important to take a moment to appreciate them in all of their glory. Below you will find an updated list of the hottest female names in Hollywood and entertainment for 2023.
As you make your way though the list, be sure to ask yourself “Did they miss anyone?“
Beyonce is the queen of modern music and style. Born in 1981, she rose to fame as a member of Destiny’s Child before pursuing a successful solo career. She has become an iconic figure in pop culture today, winning multiple Grammys and selling out stadiums on her world tours. Beyond her musical talents, Beyonce is renowned for her beauty and fashion sense, which have been imitated by many around the world.
Viola Davis is a renowned actress whose performances on television series such as How to Get Away with Murder have earned her three Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. She has also starred in films such as Fences, Widows and The Help which was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Rihanna is one of the biggest superstars in music today. The Barbadian singer-songwriter was discovered singing karaoke as a teenager and went on to dominate the charts with hits such as ‘Umbrella’ and ‘Diamonds’. Beyond her music, Rihanna has become a fashion icon and is renowned for her daring looks. She also founded the charity ‘The Clara Lionel Foundation’ in 2012, which supports education and health programs around the world.
Kerry Washington is an American actress who has been in the limelight since 1999. She started out as a film actress before making it big in television, with starring roles in shows such as Scandal and Little Fires Everywhere. In addition to being an acclaimed actor, Kerry Washington is celebrated for her beauty and elegance on red carpets across the globe.
Nicki Minaj is a rapper, singer, songwriter and actress known for her hit singles “Super Bass,” “Starships” and “Anaconda.” She has won multiple awards including Best Female Hip-Hop Artist from BET Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and American Music Awards.
Gabrielle Union is an award-winning American actress known for her roles in films such as Bring It On, Bad Boys II and The Birth of a Nation. She first shot to fame in the early 2000s for her performance in teen drama films before becoming an industry mainstay. Union is also admired for her stunning style and beauty, which she often shows off on the red carpet and social media.
Jasmine Tookes is an American model who has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2015. She made history as the first African-American woman to wear the prestigious ‘Fantasy Bra’ at a show in 2016. In addition to being an iconic figure in fashion, Tookes is praised for her effortless beauty both on and off the runway.
Kelly Rowland is an American singer-songwriter and actress who rose to fame as a member of Destiny’s Child. She has gone on to have a successful solo career, releasing hits such as ‘Dilemma’ and ‘Motivation’. Rowland is also celebrated for her beauty, having graced the covers of multiple magazines over the years.
Halle Berry is an award-winning American actress known for playing Storm in X-Men and Catwoman in Batman Returns. She was the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, which she earned for her performance in Monster’s Ball (2002). On top of her acting accolades, Berry is often praised for her effortless beauty, which she has been showing off since the early 1990s.
Zendaya is an American actress and singer who first made a name for herself in 2013 with her role in Disney Channel’s Shake It Up. Since then, she has continued to soar, starring in films such as The Greatest Showman (2017) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). In addition to being an acclaimed actor, Zendaya is renowned for her unique beauty and fashion sense.
Aja Naomi King
Aja Naomi King is an actress best known for her roles on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, NBC’s The Blacklist: Redemption and Amazon Prime Video’s The Romanoffs. She is also the founder of The Pilates Room LA, a studio that provides classes and private instruction in pilates and yoga.
Lupita Nyong’o is an acclaimed Kenyan-Mexican actress who rose to fame for her performance in 12 Years a Slave. Since then, she has gone on to star in films such as Black Panther (2018), Us (2019) and Little Monsters (2019). Nyong’o is also admired for her sophisticated beauty, which she often shows off on the red carpet.
Doja Cat is an R&B singer, rapper and songwriter who has had a meteoric rise since the release of her single “Juicy” in 2018. Her music blends elements of hip-hop, pop and alternative R&B and she has gained significant recognition from fans around the world for her catchy tunes.
Tyra Banks is an American supermodel and TV personality who was one of the world’s top models during the 1990s and 2000s. She founded Bankable Productions, a production company which creates TV programs such as America’s Next Top Model and True Beauty. Beyond her modeling career, Banks is celebrated for her unique beauty, which she has been showing off since she was 17 years old.
Zoe Saldana is an American actress and dancer who has been in the spotlight since 2001. She is best known for her roles in films such as Avatar (2009), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Star Trek Beyond (2016). In addition to being an acclaimed actor, Saldana is also admired for her beauty and impeccable sense of style.
Ciara is an American singer-songwriter who first made a name for herself in 2004 with her debut album Goodies. Since then she has gone on to release multiple albums, including Jackie (2015) and Beauty Marks (2019). On top of her music career, Ciara is praised for her unique beauty, which has been inspiring women for over a decade.
Naomi Campbell is an English supermodel and entrepreneur who first rose to fame in the late 1980s. She is one of the world’s most successful models, having graced the covers of hundreds of magazines. In addition to her modeling career, Campbell is celebrated for her beauty both on and off the runway.
Alicia Keys is an American singer-songwriter and actress who first made a name for herself in 2001 with her debut album Songs in A Minor. Since then she has gone on to release multiple albums as well as star in films such as The Nanny Diaries (2007). On top of being a talented artist, Keys is admired for her effortless beauty and unmissable style.
Rosario Dawson is an American actress and singer who first rose to fame in the late 1990s with her roles in films such as Kids (1995) and Rent (2005). Since then, she has gone on to star in movies such as Sin City (2005), 25th Hour (2002) and He Got Game (1998). On top of being a talented actor, Dawson is often celebrated for her unique beauty.
Jourdan Dunn is an English supermodel who was discovered at the age of 15. She has since become one of the world’s most successful models, having graced the covers of hundreds of magazines. In addition to her modeling career, Dunn is also celebrated for her effortless beauty and glamorous style.
Keke Palmer is an award-winning actress and singer who first gained success in 2006 with the hit movie Akeelah and the Bee. Since then she has gone on to star in movies such as Joyful Noise and Grease: Live! Her beauty combined with her talent make her one of the most sought after black women in television and music.
Nathalie Emmanuel is an English actress and model who first made a name for herself in 2013 with her role in Game of Thrones. Since then, she has gone on to star in films such as Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), Furious 7 (2015) and The Fate of the Furious (2017). On top of being a talented actor, Emmanuel is also praised for her effortless beauty and impeccable sense of style.
Cardi B is a rapper, television personality and actress whose albums “Invasion of Privacy” and “Gangsta Bitch Music Vol 2” have topped the US Billboard 200 chart. She also stars in an eponymous reality show, Cardi B: I Do It On My Own Terms.
Serena Williams is one of the greatest female tennis players in history. She won 23 Grand Slam Titles throughout her career as well as 15 WTA Championships. In addition to being a dominant force on the court she is also a successful fashion designer, launching two clothing collections with Nike in 2004 and 2018 respectively.
Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion is a rapper and songwriter known for her hit singles “Big Ole Freak” and “Hot Girl Summer.” She has gained significant recognition from fans around the world for her empowering lyrics that celebrate female empowerment. She has also been featured on various magazine covers including Vogue, Elle and Rolling Stone.
Janelle Monae is an R&B singer, songwriter and actress who has released five full-length albums and two EPs. She is known for her unique style and eclectic sound which blends elements of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz and rock. In 2017 she starred in the critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures.
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson is an award-winning actress, singer, and author who has become one of the most iconic black women in the world today. She’s best known for her starring roles in films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Empire, as well as television series like Person of Interest.
Halle Bailey is a multi-talented artist with success spanning multiple genres including music, television, and film. She is best known for her leading roles in films such as The Little Mermaid and Grown-ish. Halle’s stunningly gorgeous features make her one of the most beautiful black women in the world.
Vanessa Williams is an accomplished singer, actress, and entrepreneur who has been captivating audiences since she won Miss America in 1983. She is best known for her starring roles on television series like Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives, as well as films such as Eraser. Her timeless beauty makes her one of the most beautiful black women in the industry.
Zoe Kravitz is an American actress and singer who first rose to fame in 2011 with her role in X-Men: First Class. Since then, she has gone on to star in films such as Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Rough Night (2017) and Divergent (2014). On top of being a talented actor, Kravitz is also admired for her unique beauty and impeccable fashion sense.
Traits of the Hottest Black Women in Hollywood
These women have achieved immense success in their respective fields, while also inspiring countless people around the globe with their unique beauty. They serve as reminders that true beauty goes beyond the physical and is rooted in self-confidence, determination, and resilience.
Together they are proof that black women can achieve greatness no matter what obstacles stand in their way, while also inspiring others along the way.
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