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Black and Beautiful Women

When you go through fashion websites you will find many lists of Black supermodels, or Most beautiful black women of all times. But the most irritating thing about them is that all these lists normally contain only about 2% of actual African women. You know, most of these women like Chanel Iman, Kimora Lee Simmons and many others have A white or Asian ancetry, thus  they are not 100% pure Africans. Whereas, there are so many pure black and beautiful black women out there and we just need to recognize them.

So, in this article I have featured in no particular order some few famous and non-famous African women who are both natural and beautiful, its in my opinion and you are allowed to differ.

Alek Wek

Alek Wek (born 16 April 1977) is a South Sudanese British model who first appeared on the catwalks at the age of 18 in 1995, sparking a career lasting to date. She is from the Dinka ethnic group in South Sudan,but in 1991 she and some family members fled to Britain to escape the civil war in Sudan.


Flaviana Matata

 Flaviana Matata (born June 9, 1987 is a Tanzanian beauty queen and fashion model. She won the first edition of the Miss Universe Tanzania pageant in 2007, and went on to represent her country in the Miss Universe pageant the same year, where she placed among the Top 15 semifinalists and ended up in 6th place after the evening gown competition. She was the first contestant from Tanzania to compete at Miss Universe 2007, and compete with a shaved head. She has recently modelled print advertisements for Sherri Hill. 

 In March 2011 Matata won the Model of the Year award by Arise Magazine at the Lagos Fashion Week, she has also featured in the US magazines Dazed & Confused, Glass Magazine, L’officiel and also ID Magazine. Flaviana Matata has also done some runway modelling for brands like Mustafa Hassanali, Vivienne Westwood, Tory Burch, Suno, and Louise Gray and has featured in the Alexander McQueen film tribute and Topshop Spring 2011 ad campaign

Ataui Deng 

Ataui Deng is a supermodel from Sudan in Africa. I think she's stunning, I love her face. She's also the niece of supermodel Alek Wek. Designers love her and she's modelled for Dior, Diane Von Fustenberg and Oscar de la Renta amongst many others. She's married and resides in Austin, Texas.

She has been in a few editorials most recently POP Africana shot by Oroma Elewa, featured in the Benetton SS10 campaign and walked in various shows. 

Deng at 5'11, with an angelic face, intense piercing gaze and beautiful dark rich skin is made for the runway and editorial spreads.

fyeahafrica:  Sudanese model Ataui Deng.

Miriam Odemba

Miriam Odemba (from Arusha, Tanzania) is Miss Tanzania Earth 2008 and Miss Earth Air 2008 (first runner up). Odemba is a Tanzanian model. She is one of the best models from her country where she started her modeling career at an early age and emerged into the limelight in 1997 when she won the Miss Temeke title. The following year she took part in the Miss East Africa beauty pageant and finished second

At 13, her life was tough and her parents had to move to their uncle. She always wondered what life was all about then. As she grew older, she perceived God’s message of love and started appreciating everything around her especially the nature, God’s greatest gift to not only to her but to all of us

Ajak Deng

Angelique "Ajak" Deng is a gorgeous Sudanese model taking the fashion world by storm with support from lines such as Chloe, Givenchy, Lanvin, and Jean Paul Gaultier.  She's a fresh face to the modeling world and keeps everyone captivated with her dark smooth velvety skin and big bright smile.  She is simply Beautiful by any standards

Betty Adewole

At 5’11″ Betty Adewole grew up in the U.K and is originally from Nigeria.
Betty Adewole has been featured in V and French Revue de Modes and walked forIssey Miyake, Emanuel Ungaro, Maison Martin Margiela and Loewe.

Ubah Hassan

Born in 1987 in Somalia, Ubah been rised up in Vancouver Canada,but now she s livin in New York she is the face of Ralph Lauren’s s/s 09 campaign. She has also walked the runway for Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta and Betsey Johnson, and been photographed by Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber for Italian Vogue.

Atong Arjok

Arjok is a Sudanese American model born in California in 5 October 1985. She was first discovered in Los Angeles but moved to New York so that she can be more involved in the industry. Arjok is considered to be one of the top Nubian models and black models to enter the fashion world since popular model, Alek Wek. She is known for her long legs and her beauty has often been compared to Alek Wek’s. She has walked the runway for renowned Designers such as Luca Luca, Phillip Lim, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenberg, Sass Bide, Custo Barcelona, Alexandre 
Herchcovitch, Lacoste, Heatherette. 

She appeared in Vogue Italia and was photographed by Steven Klein, Michael Thompson for Allure, Glamour, Trace, Teen Vogue, and Russian Vogue. Arjon has appeared in national ad campaigns for Patricia Fields for Destination Style New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, John Varvatos for Converse, Diesel, Catherine Malandrino, Behnaz Sarafpour for Target, I.N.C. She was photographed by Greg Kadel and photographed for cosmetics ad campaigns for Estée Lauder Prescriptives and Sephora. In 2008, she appeared in a two 30 second commercials and received a spot for Target, featuring designers Milla Jovovich, Carmen Hawk and Old Navy.

Okay, so the above list is according to western standards of beauty. tall, thin and long legs. However I am including beautiful, curvy and sexy Black women according to  my standards of beauty. 

Omotola Jalade

Omotola Jalade is one of the most enduring actresses in Nollywood. Jalade who is married with believe it or not 4 children, is very busy keeping herself in the spotlight. Apart from her acting work, she is also a singer and a humanitarian.


Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji land roles alongside V. Fox, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Thandie Newton

This Bombshell is originally from Nigeria. She a renowned actress and a mother to a teenage daughter. Her beauty is so striking that I normally put her in the list of my favourite people of all times. She has been successful in her career, and she isn't about to stop any time soon

Cecilia Wairimu "Amani"

Cecilia Wairimu (born 1980 in Thika), better known for her stage name Amani, is a pop musician from Kenya. She has won various awards, including the Best Female category at the 2009 MTV Africa Music AwardsShe has been signed to Sony Music under Rockstar 4000 (2010). She recently worked on a ground breaking song with International R n B singer R.Kelly alongside top African stars i.e. Ali Kiba, Navio, Fally Ipupa, 2face Idibia, JK, 4*4 and Movazeleine. The song titled 'Hands Across the World' made it to the billboard 100 and had over 1 million downloads in Africa.

Kenyan musician Amani (real name: Cecilia Wairimu) won the Best Female Act award for  her song 'Tonight'

Juliana Kanyomozi

She was born in Uganda on 27 November 1981. She attended Namasagali College in Kamuli District, for her high school education. Juliana rose to fame in the late 1990s as one half of the all-girl duo I-Jay, with Iryn Namubiru. The group's single titled Vive la Vie was a popular record on Ugandan radio stations at that time. After the duo disbanded, Juliana launched a solo career that has included the release of such popular songs as say yes and Nabikowa.

Jacqueline Wolper

She is a Tanzania Actress. She has been successful in a local film market and she is widely known for her perfomances in various movies across swahili speaking countries in East African region. we hope to see more of her