Here are the black women that English-speaking black people think are the most beautiful (See below for how I came up with this list):
Vanessa Williams (7 lists) – an American beauty queen, singer and actress. She was the first black Miss America (1983).
Angela Bassett (7 lists) – an American film actress, a much better mone than Halle Berry.
Toni Braxton (5 lists) – an American singer from the 1990s. Best known for “Un-Break My Heart” (1996).
Phylicia Rashad (3 lists) – an American actress best known for playing Claire Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Janet Jackson (3 lists) – an American singer, sister of Michael Jackson.
Honourable mentions (those who made 2 lists): Whitney Houston, Tatyana Ali, Serena Williams, Sanaa Lathan, Queen Latifah, Nancy Wilson, Meagan Good, Lena Horne, Laila Ali, Kim Eternity, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Diahann Carroll, Chilli Thomas, Anita Baker, Amerie, Aaliyah.
I have a list of black women just like this only it is according to white people. Here is who made which lists:
- Both white and black lists: Halle Berry, Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Vanessa Williams, Angela Bassett.
- White only: Iman, Mariah Carey, Thandie Newton, Alicia Keys.
- Black only: Gabrielle Union, Toni Braxton, Nia Long, Naomi Campbell, Sade, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson and all of the honourable mentions.
In the white list nearly half of the women had a white parent. In the black list only one in six do. Halle Berry topped both lists.
I made the list like how I made the white one: I put “the most beautiful black women” into Google and went through the first 100 websites. If a website had an open-ended list of beautiful black women, then I recorded the top ten women it had. I threw out any lists that were duplicates and any that were clearly made by white people. That left me with 21 lists. Then I found out which women made the most lists.
Nearly all the lists were done by black people, where the race was knowable, so I think the same is true in general. After all, it is hard for me to imagine a white person picking Nia Long, Meagan Good, Tatyana Ali or Anita Baker. They simply would not come to mind. Most white people do not even know who Nia Long is!
– Abagond, 2009.