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15 Melanin Goddesses Redefining What It Means to Be Black and Beautiful

Khoudia Diop


Khoudia is a 19-year-old from Senegal who has faced bullying throughout her life simply because of the color of her skin.

Now she is a badass model and has over 300K followers on Instagram. BAM!

Khoudia Diop is squashing Hollywood beauty standards with her killer look.

The Senegal native was bullied as a child because of her skin, but that didn’t stop her from following her dreams and becoming a model and spokesperson for black girls everywhere.

Now Khoudia is bringing out the “melanin goddess” in everyone. See which other stars are giving us that black girl magic in our gallery above.

Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow is a Canadian fashion model, spokesperson, and activist who is best known for her unique look due to her skin condition, vitiligo.
The America’s Next Top Model alum proves time and time again that all skin is beautiful!

Lupita Nyong’o

This amazing actress captured everyone’s hearts in 12 Years a Slave and Star Wars.
Not only is she making strides in Hollywood, she throws traditional beauty boundaries out the window. Natural hair, don’t care!

Danielle Brooks

Danielle rose to fame from the Netflix series Orange is the New Black as the funny, yet complex character of Taystee.
When she’s not busy acting, she’s modeling lingerie for Lane Bryant. Slay sista, slay!

Lauryn Hill

If you don’t know at least one Fugees song, you must be living under a rock. Lauryn was the lead singer/rapper/songwriter for the iconic band who changed the definition of hip hop.
Oh, did we mention she’s also woke as hell? Knowledge is a beautiful thing.

Diandra Forrest
The albino model slayed the runway during NYFW 2016 — all while carrying her newborn baby. Mommy goals indeed.

Danai Gurira
Danai is best know for slaying walkers with her badass katana on The Walking Dead.
But did you know she’s also a Tony Award-nominated playwright? She really is a jill of all trades.

Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey made her Hollywood debut in 2009 in the shocking drama Precious. Since then she’s been killing it in critically-acclaimed shows like Empire and American Horror Story.

La’Porsha Renae
The American Idol alum rocked the 2016 Olympics with her hit “Battles (Gold Medal Mix).” She also can rock one hell of a fro.

Issa Rae
In addition to being the “Awkward Black Girl” from YouTube, Issa is a writer, director, producer, and content creator.
Her new show on HBO, Insecure made us fall in love with her even more.

Viola Davis
Viola Davis is a force of nature. From The Help to How to Get Away with Murder, the Emmy-winning actress isn’t afraid to play daring characters and try different looks.

Sherri Shepherd
When Sherri is not making us laugh in her comedy flicks, she is dropping all the tea on The View.

Laverne Cox
The transgender actress and LGBT activist rose to fame for her iconic performance on Orange is the New Black.
In addition to being an entertainer, Laverne has also become one of the faces of trans rights in Hollywood.

DeWanda Wise
The actress has played roles in a bunch of TV hits like The Good Wife and Law and Order.
Now the natural hair beauty is set to play Nola Darling in Spike Lee’s new Netflix series. Get it, girl!

Leslie Jones
This funny gal broke boundaries by starring as one of the few black performers on Saturday Night Live.
Not only is she fighting for more representation, she’s also hilarious.


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