Here are the black women that English-speaking white people think are the most beautiful (with the number of lists of beautiful women each one made in my survey):
Halle Berry (9 lists) – American film actress, the first black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress. She was Storm in the X-Men films (2000-2006) and the Bond girl in “Die Another Day” (2002). She won the Oscar for “Monster’s Ball” (2001). Her mother is white, her father is black.
Mariah Carey (3 lists) – American singer. She sings like a black girl but looks like a white girl. Her mother is Irish white, her father is Venezuelan black.
Thandie Newton (3 lists) – British film actress. She starred opposite Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible 2” (2000). Born in Africa to a white father and a black mother, she grew up in England and later came to Hollywood. She was shocked at how much her skin colour mattered there – more than in Africa or England. Tom Cruise had to fight for her to star opposite him.
Vanessa Williams (2 lists) – an American beauty queen, singer and actress. She was the first black Miss America (1983). You can see her on American television in “Ugly Betty”. She is so light her eyes are green.
Iman (2 lists) – a supermodel from Somalia married to rock star David Bowie.
Angela Bassett (2 lists) – American film actress. Although she is a beautiful and wonderful actress, I am surprised she made this list: I did not think she was that well known among white people.
Alicia Keys (2 lists) – American singer. White mother, black father.
Half of these women have a white or near-white mother.
This list has the only three black women who have ever made the cover of Maxim magazine in America: Beyonce Knowles, Halle Berry and Mariah Carey.
How I made the list: I put “the most beautiful women” into Google and went through the first 100 websites. If a website had a list of beautiful women that was nearly all white, then I recorded any black women it might have.
As I went through the lists I soon understood that they were made by people with more than just a passing interest in white women. So I think it is safe to say that nearly all the list makers were white themselves.
Because of how I made my list, it necessarily concerns only English-speaking whites. There were lists from Britain and Australia, but most seemed to be American. There were also a few lists from the Middle East and India too, but they did not affect the outcome because they only dealt with women from their part of the world.
- The most beautiful black women:
- black women that white men like – the kind you see them go out with and marry
- race and beauty
- One Drop Rule
- Is That Really Beyonce: Black Women and Beauty
- The black women of Covarrubias – a Mexican who liked black women not for their whiteness but for their own black beauty
- The women: