When you think of gorgeous dark-skinned black women, you probably think of Lupita N’yongo, Amara La Negra, Duckie Thot and Justine Skye. But there are way more than just those four! There are gorgeous dark-skinned beauties everywhere and we’re going to bring your attention to just a few of them.
1. Sira Kante
Although you may not have known her name, you’ve probably seen Sira Kante somewhere on Instagram or Pinterest before. This gorgeous Guinean model has everything it takes to be a household name. Not only is she unbelievably photogenic thanks to her stunning facial features and gorgeous body, but she’s also using her platform to empower and uplift black girls across the global African diaspora. In a 2017 interview with Okay Africa she stated, “I plan to use my platform as a center of inspiration that’ll serve as a resource to empower people around the world, especially in Africa, through the art I create with brands and creatives.”
2. Herieth Paul
23-year-old model Herieth Paul is a Tanzanian model who has modeled and walked for Calvin Klein, Armani and Tom Ford, just to name a few. She’s also a spokesmodel for Maybelline and stated in Refinery29, “In this day and age, I look at myself as not just a model. I have a responsibility to do well and be the best version of myself. I always represent and stay true to my authentic self because people can always tell when you’re fake.” So not only does she have the perfect face but she’s got a beautiful personality to match!
To get a full glimpse of Kiitana’s life you’ll have to check her out on both Youtube and Instagram, where she shares natural hair tips, travel vlogs and lifestyle tips. Her marvelously-curated Instagram is extremely aesthetically pleasing from the beautiful golden hues of her candid close-ups, to the shots of her in the streets of whatever gorgeous city she’s visiting, you’ll find yourself scrolling through her feed for hours. Kiitana is a superstar waiting to happen and like every superstar she’s also got freakishly gorgeous friends (seriously, how?) who also have their own blogs and super professional Instagram accounts.
4. Chloe Kitembo
It just doesn’t make sense how someone can be so beautiful and Chloe Kitembo keeps me in awe every single day! She serves breathtaking looks on a regular basis on Instagram, as well as some killer vocals (yes, she can sing too—life just isn’t fair!).
5. Leomi Anderson
Leomi Anderson has an extremely impressive list of accomplishments. She’s modeled on the runway for Tom Ford, Chloé, Yeezy and Moschino and she’s also walked a number of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. But her work in activism is probably what will inspire you the most. She’s acquired a loyal following on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram where she has unapologetically called out the fashion and beauty industry for its often non-inclusive behavior. In 2016, she founded LAPP, a company that offers young women (particularly black women) the chance to write about issues pertaining to them, from dating to friendship to politics.
6. Dora Owusu
21-year-old model Dora Owusu isn’t just a pretty face. She’s currently studying Biology at California State University (CSU) with aspirations of becoming a physician assistant! Originally from Ghana but born and raised in California, she writes on her website of her struggle to love her dark skin while growing up. Having experienced the hardships of growing up in a colorist society, her main goal now is to represent and empower young dark-skinned black women to love themselves fully. She also recently started a Youtube channel where she shares tips on modelling and gives insight into her daily life!
All in all, although dark-skinned beauties are finally getting some shine on a number of, women of darker skin tones are deserving of being more than just a one-time social media trend. Thankfully, more and more platforms like DDS Magazine that are dedicated to the ongoing promotion of elevation of dark-skinned black women are popping up and ensuring that women of darker tones receive the appreciate we so truly merit.
"Grace is a freelance writer and blogger from Canada. Her work has been featured on HerCampus, 21Ninety, Read Unwritten. She is a voracious reader, a dog-lover and a self-professed pop culture junkie. Her other hobbies include watching sappy romantic comedies, consuming too many strawberry-filled doughnuts and people-watching. Grace currently attends university, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Pre-Law."