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  • Updated: March 02, 2023

Ten Most Influential Black Female Celebrities In The World

If you are looking for beautiful black women who have done it all, this list of the most influential black female celebrities is a tribute to beauty, success and accomplishments.

These well-known black celebrities, who range from actresses to artists, models, athletes, and businesswomen, have motivated millions and paved the way for others to follow in their footsteps.

To succeed in their career these stunning leading ladies had to be intelligent, ambitious, and hardworking while also persevering and overcoming challenges.

These black women are living proof that it is possible to be sexy, have a personality, and still rule the world.

Below are ten of the most influential black female celebrities in the world. Our ranking is in no particular order. 


1. Oprah Winfrey

In addition to running a successful business, Oprah Winfrey also works as an actress, producer, and philanthropist.

She was the first Black woman to become a billionaire in America, ran and hosted her television show for 25 years, and is well known for her charitable work.

She has been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


2. Viola Davis

The only Black actress to win the Triple Crown of Acting—the Oscar, the Emmy, and both the Tony Awards—is Viola Davis.

She starred in the hit drama How To Get Away With Murder from 2014 to 2020 and was named one of Time Magazine's most influential people in the world in both 2012 and 2017.

As one of the most gifted, stunning, and well-known black actors and actresses working in Hollywood today, Davis continues to enthral audiences everywhere while shattering stereotypes about women of colour.


3. Taraji P. Henson

Since the late 1990s, Taraji P. Henson has acted in movies and on television.

She has won an Academy Award, a SAG Award, and a Critics' Choice Award.

She starred in Hidden Figures in 2016, which received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Taraji Henson remains one of the most influential black female celebrities in the world, her influence on the black race cut across the world as she is highly respected in her field of work and outside her field of work.


4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes about womanhood, identity, and storytelling.

One of the most popular TED Talks ever, her talk on "The Danger of a Single Story" has received over 15 million views.

For her work writing both fiction and non-fiction, she received a MacArthur Genius Grant Award in 2008.

Chimamanda could easily be said to be the most influential black woman in Africa as her influence reflects widely on both the female and male gender on the African continent. 

Her books reflect the realities of the woman gender. 

 

5. Serena Williams

Serena Williams making our list of the top ten most influential black female celebrities shouldn't come as a surprise. 

She has achieved so much in her career that her name alone speaks widely of the influence she has both within and outside her career. 

It is easy to see why Serena Williams was once ranked first among women's singles tennis players.

More than any other player in the Open Era sport, she has won 23 Gram Slam titles throughout her career, and she has ranked first for 319 weeks.

Additionally, she has frequently been cited as the world's highest-paid female athlete.

 

6. Beyoncé

Beautiful black megastar Beyoncé has dominated the music and film industries with her amazing singing, songwriting, producing, dancing, and acting skills.

She has received 29 Grammy Awards wins out of 88 nominations, the majority of which came during her solo career.

She is the most honoured performer in the annals of the MTV Music Awards, and she has also received honours for her contributions to journalism, philanthropy, film, and television.

Beyoncé's influence on American culture extends beyond just her hit songs.

Despite her incredible musical achievements—Beyoncé holds the record for the most Grammys won by a woman with 29—her unwavering dedication to supporting and celebrating the Black community has grown into a significant part of her legacy.


7. Rihanna

One of the most successful musicians of all time is Rihanna.

In addition to Guinness World Records, she has won Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and more.

She has a very lucrative music career and is also active in fashion and philanthropy.

One of the most well-known and attractive black female celebrities in the world, Rihanna is known for her Fenty line, Clara Lionel Foundation, and successful music career.

As a Black female singer and businesswoman, Rihanna has in such a short time changed the world.

Throughout her sixteen years as a celebrity, she has developed longevity, which many people anticipate will only increase.

She has had an impact on young Black women's lives in a variety of ways, including fashion, music, and entrepreneurship.

In addition, she is also the most influential 21st female musician. 

 

8. Naomi Campbell

One of the most prominent supermodels of her era, Naomi Campbell was the first Black woman to appear in Time Magazine.

She has worked in reality television, singing, songwriting, acting, and producing.

Campbell is still active in charitable and philanthropic endeavours while being an inspiration to not just the black community but the whole world in general. 

 

9. Mitchell Obama

The first African American First Lady in American history, Michelle Obama is an attorney and philanthropist.

Let us Move is a program that Mrs Obama developed while serving as first lady to combat childhood obesity.

Her best-selling book Becoming, which was followed by a corresponding Netflix documentary in 2020, was first published in 2019.

The Light We Carry, her most recent book, is currently a best-seller.

The Princeton University and Harvard Law School alumna is still an advocate for children's general health as well as education for young girls.


10. Lupita Nyong’o

Before going back to Kenya, where she was raised, to appear in the show Shuga, Lupita Nyong'o started acting in the United States in the early 2000s.

She has since appeared in 12 Years A Slave, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Black Panther, a hugely popular Marvel movie, and the horror film Us.

She is the first Mexican and Kenyan actress to receive an Academy Award.

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