What makes black women beautiful? It’s a safe bet to say that what defines beauty is different for many. It could be looks, gorgeous skin, possibly it’s poise and the way a woman carries herself or maybe it’s even personality. No matter what beauty means to you, it’s obvious these women possess stunning looks, talent and confidence that makes them truly the most beautiful black women.

Halle BerryHalle Berry

Film producer, actress and former model, it’s impossible to deny Halle Berry’s beauty.

People has ranked her on their 50 Most Beautiful people in the World list, she placed in the #1 spot on FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World list and she’s been named Sexiest Black Woman by Access Hollywood. Also undeniable is her talent. She’s the first and only African American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Gabrielle UnionGabrielle Union

It’s hard to believe this beautiful, intelligent black woman had self-esteem issues growing up but that’s her claim. She’s a college graduate with a fantastic acting career.

She’s appeared in thirty-three films and had roles in thirty-seven television shows. Not only has she enjoyed a successful acting history but she’s a business entrepreneur who has launched her own line of plus-size clothing and she’s also an active philanthropist. She is the face of Neutrogena, as well.

Arlenis Sosa PeñaArlenis Sosa Peña

Arlenis is the current spokesmodel for Lancôme. Faced with prejudice at the beginning of her modeling career, she persevered and quickly became a much sought after model for names such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

She’s walked runways for many famous designers like Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Caroline Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi and Diane von Furstenberg.

Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger
Actress and singer-songwriter, Nicole performed in various musical ventures before becoming a member of the band Days of the New. What launched her into the spotlight was her leading role in the burlesque group Pussycat Dolls.

She has numerous times made it to FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women list. She’s also been dubbed with the titles “Pop Princess” and “Hawaiian Pop Goddess” and is considered one of the sexiest artists in the world.

RihannaRihanna

Rihanna began her singing career in 2003 with a series of recorded demos. It didn’t take long for her to reach fame as her debut album Music of the Sun was a huge hit among fans and critics.

She’s responsible for reinventing her image into that of a sex symbol and has definitely succeeded. Rihanna’s record sales exceed 200 million worldwide and she’s an eight time Grammy winner.

Maxim has listed her on their Hot 100 and FHM has ranked her on their 100 of the Sexiest Women in the World list while Esquire has called her “the sexiest woman alive.”

Agbani DaregoAgbani Darego

Agbani was the first native Sub-Saharan to win in a Miss World pageant. She’s a successful model who was once crowned the most beautiful woman in Nigeria.

She’s modeled for big names such as Vogue, L’Oréal, Christian Dior, Avon, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger to name a few. She’s an accomplished businesswoman as well having launched her own denim company called AD by Agbani Darego.

Eva MarcilleEva Marcille

A fashion model, television host and actress Eva is not only quite beautiful but talented, too. She got her start on America’s Next Top Model and from there it was nothing but success.

She’s appeared on the cover of several publications including Brides Noir, King magazine and Essence. She’s been one of Cover Girl’s top models and has appeared in twenty-three films.

Selita EbanksSelita Ebanks

Selita, best known for her work as a Victoria Secret Angel, is a model and actress. She’s modeled for Ralph Lauren and Nieman Marcus and has appeared in Glamour, Vogue and a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Not only is this beauty talented but she’s involved in charity work and business, as well. She’s has her own organization called “Stardom Youth Foundation” in the Cayman Islands helping youth with career guidance and she’s started a charitable organization called “Women’s Coalition for Empowerment and Opportunity.”

Naomi CampbellNaomi Campbell

It would be remiss to leave out one of the biggest names in modeling, Naomi Campbell. Her career as a model began when she was only 15 and she has since that time maintained her beauty and celebrity status.

She’s walked the runway for designers such as Isaac Mizrahi, Gianni Versace and Dior. Magazine appearances include Playboy, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Essence. She is a true supermodel.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys has enjoyed a tremendous career as a singer-songwriter, actress and producer as well as being actively involved in charity work. She’s won an astonishing 15 Grammy Awards, has sold over 30 million singles worldwide and 35 million albums also worldwide.

VH-1 has ranked her on their 50 Greatest Women of the Video Era list and their 100 Sexiest Artists list. She’s won numerous awards for her music and charity work. Alicia is quite the talented beauty.