2 Tyra Banks(Known for Her Reality Television Series ‘America's Next Top Model’)
Tyra Banks became the first black woman to grace the covers of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and GQ. She became so successful as a model that she used her popularity to try her hand at acting, singing, writing, and producing. She is only one of seven women to appear consistently on Time magazine's world's most influential people list.
Ciara is an American singer-songwriter whose debut single, Goodies, earned her the title Princess of Crunk&B. Her songs, Goodies and Yeah!, are credited with introducing the substyle of contemporary R&B and crunk music called crunk&B to music lovers. Also a dancer and model, Ciara has had a major impact on the American entertainment industry for the past 10 years.
4 Tyson Beckford(Model)
5 Robin Givens(Actress)
Robin Givens is an American model and actress whose professional life during the late-1980s was overshadowed by her violent marriage to Mike Tyson. Subsequently, their acrimonious divorce drew considerable media attention as Givens claimed physical abuse, with Tyson admitting to punching her in the face.
6 Teyana Taylor(Singer-Songwriter Who Appeared on MTV's 'My Super Sweet 16')
R&B and hip-hop singer Teyana Taylor gained fame with MTV's My Super Sweet 16. She signed with Kanye West’s label and also appeared on the reality show Teyana and Iman, with her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert. In December 2020, she announced her retirement from music through Instagram.
7 Laura Harrier(Actress)
8 Karrueche Tran(Actress and Model Known for Her Role as Vivian Johnson in the Web Series ‘The Bay’)
Karrueche Tran is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Vivian Johnson in the popular web series, The Bay. Apart from playing an important role in The Bay, Tran also produced the series for which she won two Daytime Emmy Awards. Before becoming an actress, Karrueche Tran worked as a model and was the face of Lady Crooks.
9 Lark Voorhies(Actress)
10 Beverly Johnson(Film producer, Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Model)
11 Chanel Iman(Model)
12 Jill Scott(Singer-songwriter)
13 Brandi Rhodes(Professional wrestler)
14 Alek Wek(Model)
Alek Wek is a South Sudanese-British designer and model. Since making her fashion debut at the age of 18, Alek has been an influential figure in the world of fashion; she has been praised for redefining beauty and altering the perception of beauty within the fashion industry. In 2015, she was included in the BBC's 100 Women list.
15 Marsai Martin(Actress)
17 Grace Jones(Model, Actress and One of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll by VH1 in 1999)
Grace Jones began her career as a model in New York and Paris, popularizing her androgynous style. One of VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, she experimented with disco, punk, reggae, and pop, and contributed to the 1980s’ cross-dressing movement. She later appeared in films such as Vamp.
18 Tami Roman(Television Personality)
19 Fleur East(Singer-songwriter)
Fleur East is an English rapper, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her participation in the popular reality television music competition The X Factor where she finished second in 2014. She then went on to release her debut studio album Love, Sax and Flashbacks which peaked at number 12 on the Scottish Albums Chart.
20 Mehcad Brooks(Actor)
21 Boris Kodjoe(Best Known for His Role in the Film 'Brown Sugar' and TV Series 'Soul Food')
22 Jessica White(Actor, Model)
23 Carla Hall(Chef who appeared in the fifth and eighth seasons of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show)
24 Kofi Siriboe(Actor)
25 Jade Cargill(Professional wrestler, Basketball player)
26 Nona Gaye(Actress)
27 Toukie Smith(Actress, Model)
28 Nicole Narain(Model)
29 Terrence J(Actor)
31 Keith Powers(Model and Actor)
32 Lance Gross(Actor)
33 Pooch Hall(Actor)
34 LaTavia Roberson(Singer)
35 Fab Morvan(Singer-songwriter)
Fab Morvan is a French singer, rapper, songwriter, model, and dancer. He is best known for his involvement in one of the biggest scandals in the history of pop music; the scandal surfaced when it was found that neither Fab Morvan nor Rob Pilatus, the other half of pop duo Milli Vanilli, had sung on any of the duo's recordings.
36 Jason George(Actor)
37 Claudia Jordan(Actor, Model, Television actor)
38 Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman(Actor)
39 Waris Dirie(Model & Women’s Rights Activist Known for Her Efforts to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation)
Somali model, writer, and women’s rights activist Waris Dirie is best known for her advocacy against female genital mutilation through the Desert Flower Foundation. Born into a poor nomadic family, she ran away at 13 to avoid marriage and then worked as a maid in London, before gaining a modeling contract.
40 Isis King(Model)
41 Traci Bingham(Actress)
42 Agbani Darego(Model & Beauty Queen)
Nigerian beauty queen Agbani Darego made headlines with her Miss World win in 2001, when she became the first indigenous African to win the pageant. A bright computer science student back then, she was also the first from her country to make it to the Miss Universe Top 10.