The American standard of beauty has been flipped on its head in the last couple of decades. The blonde size zero is not the gold standard in pop culture. Beauty can now be seen in curves, all shapes, sizes, and colors! Black women continue to buck the trend and the societal ideal of beauty. These amazingly beautiful and talented women have taken Hollywood and the modeling industry by storm.
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Check some of the Top 10 Hottest Black Women of 2017
10. Alicia Keys
Keys could easily be higher on this list. Only the second American artist to win five Grammys in one night, an awesome attitude, and gorgeous smile. Throughout her career, Keys has won numerous awards such as 15 Grammy Awards and has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. Billboard magazine named her the top R&B songs artist of the 2000’s decade. Alicia Keys is the embodiment of why “sexy” is not just the way you look and dress, but more how you carry yourself.
Personality-wise, Rihanna is very much the Ying to Keys’ Yang. Like Alicia, her sexy is magnified by how she carries herself, but it is her provocativeness that makes her alluring. Beautiful eyes, near perfect lips, and curves are just some of the stunning features of this sexy pop star. With sales exceeding 200 million records worldwide, Rihanna is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Rihanna is the youngest and fastest solo artist to earn fourteen number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and was named the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000’s,
8. Laila Ali
Laila Ali the daughter of the legendary Mohamed Ali and a celebrated boxer herself. During her career, from which she retired undefeated, she held the WBC, WIBA, IWBF and IBA female super middleweight titles, and the IWBF light heavyweight title. It’s probably hard to a imagine a world-class boxer with a beautiful face and soft, yet still very much toned, body.
7. Noemie Lenoir
Having a rare chameleon quality of beauty, she fits perfectly in just about any brand endorsements all the way from Victoria’s Secrets to Gucci. The caramel-skinned, French model and actress is one of the most successful Black models in the world.
6. Mariah Carey
It’s hard to believe that Mariah Carey is nearly 50 years old. See a picture or watch her in a movie it becomes that much more unbelievable. Carey is also a philanthropist who has been involved with several charitable organizations. The co-founder of a camp located in Fishkill, New York, that enables inner-city youth to embrace the arts and introduces them to career opportunities. Now an R&B legend, she hasn’t lost an ounce of her beautiful curves and remains one of the sexiest Black women.
5. Gabrielle Union
Some women just have a smile that makes you smile even if you don’t want to. The wife of basketball star Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union is a perfect example of one of those women. The Birth of a Nation star is absolutely stunning.
4. Rosario Dawson
From this writer’s perspective, Rosario Dawson is often and unfortunately overlooked when discussing beautiful women of all races. Not only is she beautiful from head to toe, she is accomplished in a way very few people could ever imagine. Having worked with both music heavyweights Prince and the rap group Outcast as well as with Steven Spielberg and Will Smith, the singer\acter is in pretty exclusive company.
3. Halle Berry
The first woman of color to win an Oscar, many will argue Halle should be at the top of this list. I wouldn’t argue too hard with those of you that make that argument. Beautiful skin and curves everywhere, she is one of the most sought after woman in Hollywood.
2. Kerry Washington
She is the kind of beauty I would describe as timeless. Number two People’s Magazine’s 2013 list of the ‘Most beautiful people in the world, Kerry is the ever fantasized about perfect ten. The only thing that surpasses her beauty maybe her Hollywood success, she is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood.
One-half of music’s biggest power couple has single-handedly helped transform the American standard of beauty. Like many of the women on this list, Bey has the type of curves that used to be frowned upon but now are revered. Beyonce is not only the most beautiful Black woman in the world, she is the new definition pretty.