When you think of a beautiful black woman, it’s usually Beyonce or Rihanna or another equally gorgeous light-skinned black woman that comes to mind. While we’re not taking away from the beauty of light-skinned black women, it’s time to acknowledge the beauty and grace of dark-skinned black women too and how underrated we are, collectively. Many of us are walking around looking like literal art pieces with our gorgeous features, sun-kissed skin and lively hair, yet we still rarely get the credit we’re due. The truth is that if we don’t celebrate ourselves, nobody will. So, it’s high time that we begin to celebrate our uniqueness and be each other’s cheerleaders.
1. Kitana A. Walking Through The Prairies In This Picture
Kiitana’s Instagram feed is giving most of these Instagram models a run for their money, with her tasteful but extremely aesthetic close-ups and long shots. She’s your go-to girl for beauty, travel, fashion and lifestyle vlogs. Check out her youtube channel here.
2. Hodan Yusuf...aka "Queen of Gorgeous Headwraps"
She’s currently living in the Netherlands and just about the coolest mom of four we’ve ever known! Keep up with her and her equally gorgeous kids on Instagram here!
3. Chasity Samone Wearing This Gorgeous Light Purple Dress
Chasity Samone is not just a pretty face. Aside from being a model and actress, she’s an entrepreneur and humanitarian. She’s also very bold and unapologetic about her body, as she often posts very candid (yet tasteful!) shots of her body as well as the typical close-ups of her makeup and shots of her full outfits. Every time I scroll through her Instagram, I’m reminded to add more color into my wardrobe and experiment a little more with the textures and patterns of the clothes I wear.
4. @_deeva_ in Havana, Cuba
Deeva is just a flawless lady who has absolutely mastered the art of taking a great picture. Her girl-next-door fashion style allows her to effortlessly work every frame that she is in and if it were up to me, she'd have a million followers already!
5. Kiara Pike Looking Like A Goddess In This Picture
You’d have to be more than a little self-assured not to feel a little pang of envy as you scroll through Kiara’s Instagram feed. Not only is Kiara young and gorgeous, but she’s also currently modelling for Elite Model Management and living her best life in Los Angeles (go girl!)!
6. Nnenna B On The Beach (Seriously...Who Looks THIS Flawless On A Beach?)
Nnenna B is an NYC social influencer, blogger, content creator, host and actress! She has a youtube channel where she posts funny comedic clips, as well as beauty/fashion tutorials, outfit-of-the-days, lifestyle tips and more! She’s also worked with BuzzFeed, Baller Alert, All Hip Hop and other entertainment companies. Nnenna is proof that while dark-skinned black women can be absolutely drop-dead stunning, we are also multi-faceted beings with the capability of being funny, energetic and interesting too.
7. N'dèye Aminata Guèye Just Casually Giving Us Hair And Eyes All In One Picture
Last week I swore I would never wear braids again. Too heavy and too much work, I said. All it took was one glance at N’deye Aminata Gueye in this picture to teach me that you can never say never. Guess where I am right now? At the African hair shop in my city, buying hair bundles so I can look exactly like N’deye.
There you have it. Anyone who says dark-skinned black women aren’t beautiful (or aren’t as beautiful as other groups of women) is either not looking hard enough or suffering from (extremely severe!) eyesight issues. We’re an absolutely gorgeous group of women and it’s time that we were acknowledged for it!
Grace is a freelance writer and blogger from Canada. Her work has been featured on HerCampus, 21Ninety, Read Unwritten. She is a voracious reader, a dog-lover and a self-professed pop culture junkie. Her other hobbies include watching sappy romantic comedies, consuming too many strawberry-filled doughnuts and people-watching. Grace currently attends university, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Pre-Law.