Top 20 People

The World's Most Beautiful Women of Color

Cicely Tyson

A successful stage actress, Tyson is also known for her Oscar-nominated role in the film Sounder and the television movies The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Roots.

Diahann Carroll

An actress and singer having appeared in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts such as Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess, she starred in 1968's Julia, one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role. Later she created the role of Dominique Deveraux on the popular prime time soap opera, Dynasty. She is the recipient of numerous stage and screen awards and nominations. She is a breast cancer survivor and activist.

Tina Turner

One of the world's most popular entertainers, Turner has been called the most successful female rock artist and was named "one of the greatest singers of all time" by Rolling Stone. Her combined album and single sales total approximately 180 million copies worldwide. She has sold more concert tickets than any other solo music performer in history. She is known for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, career longevity, and widespread appeal. In 2008, Turner left semi-retirement to embark on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour. Turner's tour became one of the highest selling ticketed shows of 2008-2009.

Lola Falana

A singer, dancer, and actress of Cuban and African American descent. Falana spent most of her childhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Diana Ross

A singer and actress. In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the "Female Entertainer of the Century." In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Diana Ross the most successful female music artist in history due to her success in the United States and United Kingdom for having more hits than any female artist in the charts with a career total of 18 number one records in the United States. Diana Ross has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Ross is one of the few recording artists to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—one as a solo artist and the other as a member of The Supremes. In December 2007, she received a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honors Award.

Beverly Todd

An actress, producer and writer. Todd gained major work during the 1970s, appearing in notable films such as The Lost Man (1969), They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! (1970), Brother John (1971) and A Piece of the Action (1977). This eventually led to other distinguished and more important work. Her more memorable roles came in Lean on Me and the film Crash. Recently, she reunited with Morgan Freeman playing the role of his wife in the 2007 film The Bucket List.

Ruth Pointer

A R&B singer, best known for being the eldest member of The Pointer Sisters.

Phylicia Rashad

A Tony Award winning actress and singer, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.

Anita Pointer

A R&B/soul singer-songwriter and a member of The Pointer Sisters.

Pam Grier

An actress. She became famous in the early 1970s, after starring in a string of moderately successful films such as 1974's Foxy Brown. Her career was revitalized in 1997 after her appearance in Quentin Tarantino's film Jackie Brown. She is one of a few African-American actresses to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She has also been nominated for a SAG as well as a Satellite Award for her performance in the iconic film Jackie Brown. In 2010 she wrote her memoir, "Foxy: My Life in Three Acts" with Andrea Cagan.

Tina Andrews

An actress, television producer, screenwriter, author and playwright.

Chaka Khan

An American-British singer and composer who gained fame in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. While still a member of the group in 1978, Khan embarked on a successful solo career. Her signature hits, both with Rufus and as a solo performer, include "Tell Me Something Good", "Sweet Thing", "Ain't Nobody", "I'm Every Woman", "I Feel for You" and "Through the Fire".

Jayne Kennedy

An NAACP Image Award-winning American actress, model and sportscaster.

Janice Bryant Howroyd

An African American businesswoman and entrepreneur. She is founder and chief executive officer of ACT-1 Group, the largest minority woman-owned employment agency in the United States. In 2003, Howroyd’s company placed third on the Black Enterprise magazine list of Top Black-Owned Industrial/Service Companies in America. In 2005, she received the Spirit of American Enterprise Presidential Award. IN 2008 she was named Entrepreneur of The Year by the BET cable television network.

Beverly Johnson

A model, actress, and businesswoman. She made history when she rose to fame as the first black model to appear on the cover of American Vogue in 1974 (August issue). A year later, she became the first black woman to appear on the cover of the French edition of Elle magazine. The New York Times named Johnson one of the 20th century's most influential people in fashion.

Khandi Alexander

A dancer, choreographer, and film and television actress. She is perhaps best known for the roles of Dr. Alexx Woods on CSI: Miami and as Catherine Duke on NewsRadio. She also had a major recurring role on ER as Jackie Robbins, sister to Dr. Peter Benton. She is currently appearing in the HBO series Treme.

Tonya Lee Williams

A Canadian actress, best known for her role as Dr. Olivia Barber Winters on the American soap opera The Young and the Restless, from 1990 to 2005, and for a brief time in 2007. She returned to the series in the fall of 2008.

Angela Bassett

An American actress. She has become well-known for her biographical film roles portraying real life women in African American culture, including singer Tina Turner in the motion picture What's Love Got to Do with It, as well as Betty Shabazz in the films Malcolm X and Panther, Rosa Parks in the The Rosa Parks Story, Katherine Jackson in the miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream and Voletta Wallace in the film Notorious.

Tracey Ross

An NAACP Image Award winning actress, best known for roles on the soap operas Ryan's Hope (1985–1987) and Passions (1999–2008). In 1984, she became the first winner in the Spokesmodel category on the television series Star Search.

Tamara Tunie

An actress best known for her portrayal of attorney Jessica Griffin on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, and medical examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. From 2000 to 2007 (and again briefly in 2009), she appeared on both series simultaneously.

Lynne White

An actress.

Hazel Payne

Singer and guitar player for the music group "A Taste of Honey".

Janice Marie Johnson

Singer and bass player for the music group "A Taste of Honey".

Pam Oliver

An American sportscaster known for her work on the sidelines for various NBA and NFL games.

Shaun Robinson

Co-anchor and correspondent for the show Access Hollywood, the daily entertainment newsmagazine show. She was also the host of TV One Access, a show on the TV One network produced by Access that brings viewers behind the velvet rope for an inside look at who's who in "Black Hollywood".

Vanessa Williams

A pop-R&B recording artist, producer, dancer, model and actress. In 1983, she became the first woman of African-American descent to be crowned Miss America, but a scandal caused her to relinquish her title early. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations.

Jennifer Beals

An actress and a former teen model. She is known for her roles as Alexandra "Alex" Owens in the 1983 film Flashdance, and as Bette Porter on the Showtime drama series The L Word. She earned an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination for the former. She has appeared in more than 50 films.

Lela Rochon

An actress who is best known for her role as Robin Stokes in the movie Waiting to Exhale. In 1996, Lela was chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the "50 most beautiful people in the world".

Shari Headley

An actress, Headley made her acting debut on The Cosby Show in 1985. Since then her career has mostly focused on television acting; she is perhaps best known for portraying police officer Mimi Reed Frye Williams on the popular soap opera All My Children from May 1991 to April 1994, briefly returned in February 1995 and again from June 2005 until her final appearance on October 14, 2005. She has also acted occasionally on the big-screen, and is well-known in this capacity for her role of Lisa McDowell, Eddie Murphy's love interest in the comedy Coming to America.

Vivica A. Fox

An American actress and television producer. She is best known for her roles in the films Independence Day, Set It Off, Soul Food, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, and Kill Bill: Vol. 1.

Michelle Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (FLOTUS) (born January 17, 1964) FLOTUS is the wife of the 44th and incumbent President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago and to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Robin Givens

An American model and film, television, and stage actress.

Theresa Randle

An American stage, film and television actress.

Viola Davis

An American actress. Known primarily as a stage actress, Davis won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play and a Drama Desk Award for her role in King Hedley II (2001). She won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her role in Fences on June 13, 2010. She won a second Drama Desk Award for Intimate Apparel (2004).

Harris Faulkner

An American newscaster for Fox News Channel. She previously presented Fox News Live headline updates during the 6:00 p.m.–11:30 p.m., then briefly 12:30 a.m. ET hours weekdays. She has been working at the breaking news desk between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. She also fills in for Shepard Smith as a substitute anchor on The Fox Report, and hosts Fox News Extra segments that air on the international feed of Fox News. She has been a regular guest-panelist on Fox News Channel's late-night satire show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Faulkner is also a motivational speaker and works for various charitable causes.

Cindy Herron

An American singer and actress, who is best known as a founding member of the R&B/Pop quartet En Vogue.

Alison Stewart

An American radio and television journalist. She was one of the hosts of the Bryant Park Project, a morning drive news program from NPR. Stewart first gained widespread visibility as a political correspondent for MTV News in the 1990s.

Amy Hunter

An American actress and model. She has had roles on a number of television series and daytime soaps, co-hosted The Comedy Channel's Night After Night, and went on location for ESPN's Women in Sports. Amy was a special guest host on Soul Train, the weekly series where she met her husband, Tony Cornelius, son of creator-producer, Don Cornelius. They had a daughter, Christina Marie, then later divorced. Her theater work includes the starring role as Maria in West Side Story, Beneathea in A Raisin in the Sun, and the green-eyed sister in Words of Women. Amy's twelve years of experience in modeling took her to New York and all over Europe. She also appeared in a number of commercials, including Miller, Chevrolet and Reebok.

LisaRaye McCoy

An American actress and fashion designer. She is also the ex-wife of Michael Misick, a former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands. She is best known for portraying Diana "Diamond" Armstrong in the film The Players Club & Neesee James on the CW sitcom All of Us from 2003 until 2007.

Stacey Dash

An American film and television actress.

Halle Berry

An American actress, former fashion model, and beauty queen. Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image Award for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and won an Academy Award for Best Actress and was also nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2001 for her performance in Monster's Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2011, only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the most highly paid actresses in Hollywood and also a Revlon spokeswoman. She has also been involved in the production side of several of her films.

Michael Michele

An American film and television actress. She played Dr. Cleo Finch on the medical drama ER and Det. Rene Sheppard on the police procedural Homicide: Life on the Street. Her films include the Academy Award-nominated film Ali.

Terry Ellis

An African-American R&B singer best known for her work with the quartet En Vogue.

Janet Jackson

Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American recording artist and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture since the early 1970s. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame.

Tracey Edmonds

Tracey Elaine Edmonds is an American businesswoman, media mogul and television personality. She is the CEO of Edmonds Entertainment Group Inc and COO of Our Stories Films and is a host on the television show Extra. She currently sits on the National board of directors for the Producers Guild of America.

Lisa Canning

An American television and radio hostess and correspondent.

Andrea Kempter

A German television presenter. Kemp has been a weather forecaster since 2005 on the television station N24 in Germany. She has also been a presenter of the television show Health Focus. She was featured in the October 1997 and August 2006 issues of Playboy magazine. Since 2008, Andrea Kempter presents the weather at Sat.1 News. She has been a moderator on a car magazine show on N24. Since June 2009, she moderated on the show "Main Tower", the tabloid television program from the highest television studio in Europe.

Salli Richardson

An American television and film actress. She is known for her role on Eureka and her voice acting on Gargoyles.

Traci Bingham

Traci Bingham is an American actress, model and television personality who is best known for playing Jordan Tate on the television series Baywatch between 1996 and 1998.

Paula Jai Parker

An American actress and comedian. She is best known of her roles as Lexus in Hustle & Flow, Joi in Friday, and as the voice of matriarch Trudy Proud on the Disney Channel animated sitcom The Proud Family.

Toni Braxton

An American R&B singer, songwriter and actress. Braxton has won six Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, and five Billboard Music Awards and has sold over 40 million records worldwide.

Trina McGee-Davis

An American actress best known for playing Angela Moore on Boy Meets World.

Victoria Dillard

An American actress. She is best known for her co-starring role as Janelle Cooper in the ABC sitcom Spin City.

Dawn Robinson

An American R&B/soul/Dance-pop singer best known for her work as a member of hit Urban/Dance-pop group, En Vogue.

Tamara Taylor

A Canadian television actress. Her most famous role is that of Dr. Camille Saroyan, head of the Forensic Division, on the forensic crime drama Bones. She also appeared in the CBS medical drama 3 lbs as Della and the UPN series Sex, Love & Secrets in the role of Nina, both of which were short-lived.

Aisha Tyler

An American actress, stand-up comedian, and author, known for her regular role in the first season of Ghost Whisperer and voicing Lana Kane in Archer, as well as her recurring roles in Friends, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Talk Soup.

Angela McGlowan

A Conservative political commentator and CEO of Political Strategies & Insights (PSI), a government affairs, political strategy, public relations, and advocacy consulting firm based in Oxford, Mississippi, with an office in Washington, D.C.

Lana Ogilvie

In 1992, Cover Girl became the first major cosmetic company to sign a black model to an exclusive contract. Canadian Lana Ogilvie became the first black woman to represent a non-ethnic cosmetics company, and opened the door for traditionally Caucasian-focused brands to embrace different cultures and ethnicities in their brand. Today most major brands have one or more black models or celebrities under contract.

Richelle Carey

A news anchor for HLN and a correspondent for its Prime News broadcast. Carey joined the network from KMOV-TV St. Louis, Missouri in May 2006. Prior to joining KMOV in the summer of 2003, Carey was the morning and noon news anchor at the Fox affiliate in Henderson-Las Vegas, Nevada (KVVU). She is a graduate of Baylor University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in telecommunications.

Mariah Carey

An R&B/pop singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. She made her recording debut in 1990 and became the first recording artist to have her first five singles top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Tamron Hall

A dayside anchor for MSNBC currently hosting NewsNation with Tamron Hall. She has previously worked for WFLD-TV in Chicago from 1997 to 2007. Before that she was a general assignment reporter at KTVT in Dallas, Texas. Hall has a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University. As a former Chicago resident, she frequently reported on issues related to Chicago politics. Recently Hall served as a substitute anchor for Keith Olbermann on Countdown. Hall joined David Shuster as the co-hosts of a new two-hour program, The Big Picture which premiered June 1 and ended January 29, 2010. Additionally, Hall is a rotating news anchor on Weekend Today and fill-in news anchor/ 3rd hour co-host on the weekday Today Show.

Kenya Moore

An American film and television actress, producer, model and author. She is recognizable for her roles in movies. She has appeared on the cover of several major magazines, including Glamour, Seventeen, Ebony and Essence. Kenya has also been featured in several music videos. She founded the Kenya Moore Foundation which awards scholarships to under-privileged girls from her high school alma-mater. In 2007, she released her first book Game, Get Some!, that coaches men on how to get the woman of their dreams as she reveals the secrets of what women really desire from men.

Lynn Whitfield

An American actress. Whitfield began her acting career in television and theatre, before progressing to supporting roles in film. She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special and a NAACP Image Award for her performance as Josephine Baker in the HBO movie The Josephine Baker Story (1991). She also won NAACP Image awards for her work in Touched by an Angel (1998), The Planet of Junior Brown (2000) and Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004).

Regina King

An American film and television actress. She is best known for her role as Mary Jenkins's (played by Marla Gibbs) studious daughter, Brenda Jenkins, on the popular 1980s sitcom, 227 and for her critically acclaimed supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire.

Tasha Smith

An American actress. She has appeared in numerous movies and plays

Golden Brooks

An American actress. She is best known for her nine year role as Maya Wilkes on the UPN/CW comedy Girlfriends.

Jada Pinkett Smith

An American actress, producer, director, author, singer-songwriter and businesswoman.

N'Bushe Wright

N'Bushe Wright is an American film and television actress, known mainly for her part in Blade. A native of New York City, she is the daughter of jazzman Stanely Wright aka Suleiman-Marim Wright. Her mother is a psychologist with the New York City Board of Education.

Nia Long

Nia Talita Long is an American dancer and actress. She is best known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Third Watch, and the films Boyz n the Hood, Boiler Room, Soul Food, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma's House, and Are We There Yet?.

Anika Noni Rose

An American singer and actress known for her Tony Award winning performance in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change and her starring roles in the films Dreamgirls and The Princess and the Frog.

Kellita Smith

An American actress and model. She is best known for her role as Wanda McCullough on the sitcom, The Bernie Mac Show.

Taraji P. Henson

An American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Yvette in Baby Boy (2001), Shug in Hustle and Flow (2005) and Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009. In 2009, she appeared in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself as April, an alcoholic singer.

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and occasional actress. She is a recipient of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, and has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. She is the only artist with Grammy Award wins in R&B, Rap, Gospel, and Pop. Blige is a mezzo-soprano.

Ananda Lewis

An American television personality, social activist, and model. She appeared on Maxim and's Hottest Celebrity Lists in 2001. She was an MTV veejay from the late 1990s until 2001, when she left the network to host her own talk show, The Ananda Lewis Show.

Amy Holmes

An independent political contributor for CNN and has appeared on Fox News. She has also appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher several times. Holmes graduated from Princeton University with a BA in economics in 1994. She is an independent conservative. She has co-hosted The View and co-hosted Fox New's Glenn Beck while Beck was on the road with his "Unelectable" show. She has also appeared on the HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher. She is currently an anchor of a morning radio program syndicated by the Washington Times newspaper called "America's Morning News". She has appeared with Cenk Uygur on MSNBC Live.

Gabrielle Union

An American actress and former model. Among her notable roles is as the cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in the film Bring it On. Union starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the blockbuster film Bad Boys II and played a medical doctor in the CBS drama series City of Angels. She starred with LL Cool J in Deliver Us from Eva in 2003.

Adrianne Harris

Adrianne Harris is alumna cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers. She went to the big game with both teams. She cheered for the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 29 (1995) vs. San Diego Chargers. They won, and she still proudly sports her Super Bowl ring that the Gold Rush Cheerleaders received. She also cheered for the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl 37 (2003) vs. Tampa Bay Bucs in San Diego.

Brook Kerr

An American actress who is best known for her portrayal of Whitney Russell Harris on the television soap opera, Passions.

Nona Gaye

An American singer, former fashion model, and screen actress. The daughter of soul music legend Marvin Gaye and granddaughter of jazz great Slim Gaillard, she began her career as a vocalist in the early 1990s. As an actress, she is best known for her portrayal of Zee in the science fiction films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Preta Gil

A Brazilian singer and actress. She is the daughter of Gilberto Gil, a famous musician and former Minister of Culture in Brazil.

Sydney Tamiia Poitier

An American actress known for her work on television.

Lark Voorhies

An American actress who rose to fame playing Lisa Turtle in Saved by the Bell, for which she was nominated for the Young Artist Award four times, winning in 1990 and 1993. She also portrayed the role as a regular on Good Morning, Miss Bliss.

Jill Marie Jones

An African-American actress. She is best known for her role as realtor Toni Childs on the UPN/CW sitcom Girlfriends.

Kiara Kabukuru

An American fashion model of Ugandan descent. Kabukuru is best known as a CoverGirl model.

Tracie Thoms

An American television, film, and stage actress. She is best known for her roles in Rent, Cold Case, The Devil Wears Prada, Death Proof, and the short-lived Fox television series Wonderfalls.

Tawny Cypress

An American actress. She has appeared in various television and stage plays. She portrayed Simone Deveaux on the TV series Heroes. She previously starred on Fox's drama K-Ville as Ginger "Love Tap" LeBeau, a police officer that suffers the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Heather Headley

A singer and actress from Trinidad who is best known for appearing in “Aida” on Broadway, for which she won a Tony in 2000. She is also an R&B singer of middling success whose best-known songs so far are “He Is” (2003), “I Wish I Wasn’t” (2003) and “In My Mind” (2005).

Naomie Harris

An English screen actress known for her starring role as Selena in 28 Days Later and her supporting turn as Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Ryan Michelle Bathe

An American film and television actress. She graduated from Stanford University and received a Master of Fine Arts from New York University. Her most notable role to date is playing attorney Sara Holt on the American TV series Boston Legal.

Nicole Pulliam

An American actress most recently known for her role as Nikki Clark on Fashion House.

China Shavers

An American actress. She's best known for her supporting roles as Brooke Harper on the high school drama Boston Public and as Dreama on the supernatural sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

Jessica Wahls

A German pop singer, songwriter and television host, who rose to fame as one of the founding members of the successful all-female pop band No Angels, the "biggest-selling German girlband to date," according to the German media.

Joy Bryant

An American actress and former fashion model. Joy currently stars as Jasmine Trussell in Parenthood.

Kerry Washington

An American actress. She is known for her roles as Ray Charles's wife, Della Bea Robinson, in the film Ray (2004), as Idi Amin's wife Kay in The Last King of Scotland, and as Alicia Masters, love interest of Ben Grimm, The Thing, in the live-action Fantastic Four films of 2005 and 2007. She has also starred in the critically acclaimed independent films Our Song and The Dead Girl.

Laila Ali

A former professional boxer. She is the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Ali has a degree in business from Santa Monica College.

Liya Kebede

An American actress and former Wonderbra campaign model, who is perhaps best known for her role as Shane Phillips in NBC/Syndicated series She Spies. She also co-starred in So Little Time, opposite Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and the Nickelodeon series Romeo! from 2004 to 2006. She appeared on the seventh season of American Idol as Natashia Blach. The change in surname was due to her marriage. She made it through the Hollywood round to the top 50 but got cut just before the Top 24 were selected.

Natashia Williams-Blach

An American actress and former Wonderbra campaign model, who is perhaps best known for her role as Shane Phillips in NBC/Syndicated series She Spies. She also co-starred in So Little Time, opposite Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and the Nickelodeon series Romeo! from 2004 to 2006. She appeared on the seventh season of American Idol as Natashia Blach. The change in surname was due to her marriage. She made it through the Hollywood round to the top 50 but got cut just before the Top 24 were selected.

Rose Rollins

An American actress and model.

Zoe Saldana

An American actress. She had her breakthrough role in the 2000 film Center Stage, and later gained prominence for her roles as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek, and Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar. In 2010, she appeared in the films The Losers and Takers.