Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

  Brotha RR....it's NICE to know that there some BLACK men who STILL celebrate the BEAUTY of BLACK women.  Each woman shown here is DIFFERENT...and yet stands in her beauty....independently and beautifully.  Thank you!!  But!

 

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What I am beginning to admire about Tyler Perry is that he is introducing the world[even though black folks already know] the BEAUTY of dark skin women.  He is mixing [punt not intended] the diversity of beautiful women.  We are NOT just one look as white folks are.....we are MANY upon MANY looks.  All I can say is BRAVO!!!  Know why?  Our dark skin and light skin children are looking and maybe because of this exposure?  There won't be any competition between them [of who is better] in their future as black women.  But!

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

What I am beginning to admire about Tyler Perry is that he is introducing the world[even though black folks already know] the BEAUTY of dark skin women.  He is mixing [punt not intended] the diversity of beautiful women.  We are NOT just one look as white folks are.....we are MANY upon MANY looks.  All I can say is BRAVO!!!  Know why?  Our dark skin and light skin children are looking and maybe because of this exposure?  There won't be any competition between them [of who is better] in their future as black women.  But!

+ very important point...esp. after that skin light cream crap that is being sold out in stores

Why can't WE see how uniquely BEAUTIFUL we alllllll are? What is it that we see in the mirror that is blocking the REAL image of who we are?  I just don't understand.  Maybe we should do like that commercial about skincare....have everyone around us wear a mirror.  So that we can see the beauty that everybody else is seeing and relax about trying to be something that we are not.  Cuz it's backwards.  Massa spend all this money to look like us and many of us spend money to look like what massa is trying to look like.  If we just STOP for a minute...we will see clearly that he is trying to look like us.  And if we can do that?  We can go about life in a different perspective and maybe ACCEPT the rare beauty that we all are. Cuz our beauty is different.  It's from the inside out. The sooner we understand this the sooner we can go about our lives living LARGE...instead of living it small and insignificant.   But!

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

Why can't WE see how uniquely BEAUTIFUL we alllllll are? What is it that we see in the mirror that is blocking the REAL image of who we are?  I just don't understand.  Maybe we should do like that commercial about skincare....have everyone around us wear a mirror.  So that we can see the beauty that everybody else is seeing and relax about trying to be something that we are not.  Cuz it's backwards.  Massa spend all this money to look like us and many of us spend money to look like what massa is trying to look like.  If we just STOP for a minute...we will see clearly that he is trying to look like us.  And if we can do that?  We can go about life in a different perspective and maybe ACCEPT the rare beauty that we all are. Cuz our beauty is different.  It's from the inside out. The sooner we understand this the sooner we can go about our lives living LARGE...instead of living it small and insignificant.   But!

 

 

(Koco. that was kinda deep. Period.)

 

 

  For me?  My proudest moments are when DARK-SKINNED women are recognized not for their inner beauty but for their inner BRILLIANCE. Cuz man-defined beauty fades....but!  Inner brilliance that black women radiate?  Goes on and on and on to the point you can NEVER tell how old a Black Woman is when has reached the tip of her prime.

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When I look at Lupita?  I see my daughters, nieces, cousins, aunts, grandmothers....and my own mother.  I smile cuz I see the hard work in her eyes as I have seen in the females in my family's eyes.  It reveals strength, high intelligence, resilence, and courage.  This image is universal for black women all over the world.  And so to little Lupita I say to you?  Bravo young sista,  Bravo. But!  

  I decided to let my hair grow.  As one who is not a "hair" person per se...as I become older I am liking the above look.  I probably won't let it get that long...plus my significant other doesn't like this dredlock look but!  It's my head.  But to compromise....I won't let it dread like that but I am gonna see how long it will go.  Usually I cut my hair after every hairstyle so that new growth can come in.  I come from a family where the women[south] focuses on hair length as if it brings some form of value.  Of course...I rebelled.  And was the first in my family to wear a big natural.  I loved it.  My mom had a fit.    My dad wouldn't get involved.  But as an older woman I now appreciate this look cuz it says strength, confidence, black love, acceptance of self, internal beauty, femininity to the highest form...black beauty to the highest form...a beauty that cannot be duplicated by massa.  And I just looooooooooove that!  But! 

  I know that I am LATE in the game in discovering this artist...I didn't know where to place her on the forum and since Brotha RR has this amazing thread on beautiful black women of all shades..I felt this befitting of this dark skin diva.  

 

Although I love some of Beyonce's songs..yet many of her song themes and showmanship are a bit too young for me.  But this woman here?  Even though she is a tad younger than those women in my generation.  Her style is awesome and timeless.  I know I know you guys probably have already heard of her already...and I have probably heard her songs too but didn't know who she was.  My bad. But!  Now I do.   So without further ado, I like to share this dynamic woman of song.  Here is Ledisi!

 

  1. Ledisi - I Blame You (Official Video)

    1. Ledisi - Pieces Of Me

       

       

      This is just one more I found of her.  I like her style, she looks like Phyllis Hyman and Countess on the Cosby show.  Her persona is in your face in terms of self-beauty and confidence where she doesn't have to degrade herself in order to still be sexy, alluring and talented.  She still maintains her CLASS and dignity-plus she can SANG!!!!  Although there are other women who can sing too...but!  There is something regal Ledisi.  Maybe it's her personal journey that got her to where she is in her life now-on top of the world.  Her story?  Pivotal....heartwrenching....and inspiring.  The stuff that makes females WOMEN.  But!.   

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

  I know that I am LATE in the game in discovering this artist...I didn't know where to place her on the forum and since Brotha RR has this amazing thread on beautiful black women of all shades..I felt this befitting of this dark skin diva.  

 

Although I love some of Beyonce's songs..yet many of her song themes and showmanship are a bit too young for me.  But this woman here?  Even though she is a tad younger than those women in my generation.  Her style is awesome and timeless.  I know I know you guys probably have already heard of her already...and I have probably heard her songs too but didn't know who she was.  My bad. But!  Now I do.   So without further ado, I like to share this dynamic woman of song.  Here is Ledisi!

 

  1. Ledisi - I Blame You (Official Video)

    1. Ledisi - Pieces Of Me

       

       

      This is just one more I found of her.  I like her style, she looks like Phyllis Hyman and Countess on the Cosby show.  Her persona is in your face in terms of self-beauty and confidence where she doesn't have to degrade herself in order to still be sexy, alluring and talented.  She still maintains her CLASS and dignity-plus she can SANG!!!!  Although there are other women who can sing too...but!  There is something regal Ledisi.  Maybe it's her personal journey that got her to where she is in her life now-on top of the world.  Her story?  Pivotal....heartwrenching....and inspiring.  The stuff that makes females WOMEN.  But!.   

 

http://atlantablackstar.com/20...beautiful-as-lupita/

 

 

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Name: Ataui Deng

Country: Sudanese

Her Impact: At the age of 16, Ataui Deng debuted on the runways for the spring Jeremy Laing, Kai Kuhne, L’Wren Scott, Proenza Schouler and Zac Posen New York shows in 2008. To date, the stunning superstar has graced runways all over the world.  She’s also appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue and Lurve magazines.

 

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Name: Yasmin Warsame

Country: Somalian

Her Impact: Discovered in Toronto in 1997, Yasmin Warsame began her journey into an enviable and impressive modeling career. She has been featured on the covers of Vogue Italia, American Vogue, American and British Elle, and Amica and Surface magazines. She has also walked the runway for major fashion houses including Christian Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier. Additionally, Yasmin landed advertising campaigns for Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Hermès, Shiseido, Chanel, GAP and H&M.

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Name: Ajak Deng

Country: Sudanese

Her Impact:  Angelique “Ajak” Deng was introduced to the fashion world at the age of 19. In 2010, she  immediately secured contracts with industry legends such as Chloe, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier and Lanvin. She continues to work steadily, securing major fashion shows and editorial spreads in magazines such as Vogue and W magazine.

 

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Name: Liya Kebede

Country: Ethiopian

Her Impact: Liya Kebede got her big break when she signed an exclusive contract for the Gucci Fall/Winter 2000 fashion show. Another marked career achievement for the elegant Ethiopian beauty was gracing the cover of Paris Vogue and having the entire issue dedicated to her.

She has appeared on the covers of Italian, Japanese, American, French and Spanish Vogue and has been featured in ad campaigns for a host of designers and cosmetics brands including Yves Saint-Laurent, Victoria’s Secret, Revlon, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada and Louis Vuitton. In 2003, she was became the first Ethiopian spokesmodel for Estée Lauder cosmetics.

In 2005, she was appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

 

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Name: Alek Wek

Country: Sudanese

Her Impact: Alek Wek has modeled runway and/or print campaigns for major fashion and cosmetics brands such as Issey Miyake, Moschino, Victoria’s Secret, Clinique, Chanel, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Armani, Fendi and Christian Dior. She has also made the covers of Elle magazine, i-D Magazine, CanadianGerman and Japanese VogueCosmopolitan magazine, Glamour magazine, Forbes Magazine Africa, and Ebony magazine.

Alek’s  beautiful African features and deep midnight skin flew in the face of the conventional European beauty standard that continues to dominate the fashion industry as a whole. When she was discovered in London in 1995, Black women with features that are the literal antithesis to white standards were rarely used in fashion, if at all. Alek changed the rules in how the world perceives beauty.

 

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Name: Atong Arjok

Country: Sudanese

Her Impact: In 2006, Sudanese stunner Atong Arjok landed her first big break as spokeswoman for Sephora cosmetics. Her career has been filled with highlights such as appearing in Allure, Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle magazine. Atong has also modeled on the runway and in advertising campaigns for myriad brands such as Diane von Furstenburg, Philip Lim, Target and Kenneth Cole.

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Name: Betty Adewole

Country: Nigerian

Her Impact: Smoldering supermodel Betty Adewole started her impressive career in London and received her first big break when she made the cover of Arise magazine. Since then, her career has blossomed with seeming nonstop fashion shows and photo shoots all over the world. Betty has walked the runway for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Prada, House of Holland and Narciso Rodriguez.

The 21-year-old Nigerian-British model is the new face of Tom Ford Beauty’s Spring/Summer 2014 Ad Campaign.

 

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Name: Flaviana Matata

Country: Tanzanian

Her Impact: In 2007, Flaviana won the beauty queen title of Miss Tanzania and went on to represent her country in the Miss Universe pageant that year. She placed sixth and was the first contestant from Tanzania to compete at a Miss Universe competition, and the first contestant to compete with a shaved head.

Since her placing in the Miss Universe competition, the fabulous Flaviana Matata has graced the runways for major designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Tracey Reese. In March 2011 she won the Model of the Year award by Arise magazine at Lagos Fashion Week. Her striking image has been featured in Dazed & ConfusedGlass MagazineL’Officiel and i-D magazines.

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Name: Grace Bol

Country: Sudanese.

Her Impact: Grace Bol was born in Sudan, but moved to Kansas City, Mo., when she was a child. In an interview with New York magazine, she said that she decided to pursue her modeling career in New York City when a talent scout in the mall said her look was too “high fashion” for local casting.

She moved to the Big Apple to pursue her dreams in 2009. Apparently, she made the right decision. Grace has walked the runways internationally for illustrious designers such as Givenchy, Maison Martin Marigela and Vivienne Westwood.

 

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Name: Herieth Paul

Country: Tanzania

Her Impact: Herieth Paul has burned runways across the globe for major fashion brands including Diane von Fürstenberg, Lacoste, Tom Ford,  Calvin Klein, Armani and Cavalli.

Since landing a modeling contract with a major New York City agency in 2010, Herieth has appeared in editorials for Vogue Italia magazinei-D , Wonderland and Teen Vogue. She has made the covers of Vogue Italia and Canadian Elle. She has also has appeared in beauty campaigns for cKone and Tom Ford.

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Name: Nyasha Matonhodze

Country: Zimbabwean

Her Impact: Shortly after signing her modeling contract, Nyasha debuted at the spring Louis Gray show in London; also walks for Loewe, Jonathan Saunders, Emanuel Ungaro, and Louis Vuitton in 2009. She has since walked the runways for Halston, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Emanuel Ungaro, Loewe and Louis Vuitton shows in New York and Paris.

Nyasha also appeared in editorials for magazines such as W, Teen Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

 

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Name: Rebecca Ayoko

Country: Togolese

Her Impact: In the 1980, a model scout discovered Rebecca Ayoko while in Paris. The Togo-born model caught the attention of fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and became one of his leading models and muses. Rebecca’s career spanned throughout the 1980s and 1990s as she modeled for leading houses in Europe and the U.S. such as Geoffrey Beene and Oscar de la Renta.

In 2012, she published her autobiography, “When Stars Become Black.”

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Name: Minah Ogbenyealu Bird

Country: Nigerian

Her Impact: Minah was a Nigerian model and actress in the United Kingdom in the 1970s. After appearing in such films as “Percy’s Progress,” “The Stud” and “The London Connection,” she vanished from public view in the late 1970s. The stunning starlet passed away after suffering an apparent heart attack in 1995.

 

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Name: Waris Dirie

Country: Somalian

Her Impact: Waris was discovered by a photographer who secured her as the cover model for the 1987 Pirelli Calendar. From there, her modeling career skyrocketed. She appeared in advertisements for top designers such as Chanel, Levi’s, L’Oréal and Revlon.  She also starred on the runways of London, Milan, Paris and New York City, and in fashion magazines such as Elle,Glamour and Vogue.

In 1997, she became a U.N. ambassador for the abolition of female genital mutilation. In 2010, Waris was appointed Peace Ambassador for the Year of Peace and Security by the African Union. She is also a best-selling author. Her titles include “Desert Flower,” “Desert Dawn,” “Letter to My Mother,” and “Desert Children.”

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Name: Iman

Country: Somalia

Her Impact: Fashion icon Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid landed her first modeling assignment forVogue magazine. She became a muse for many exclusive designers such as Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake, Donna Karan and Yves Saint-Laurent. She was the first Black model to appear on the cover of German Vogue.

Iman found great success as an internationally celebrated supermodel for almost three decades, but her accomplishments did not stop at the end of the runway. Not only is the legendary beauty an established actress, but she also owns a cosmetics collection for women of color called “Iman.” Despite her hectic schedule, she has managed to find time to work toward fighting AIDS in Africa as a global ambassador for the Keep a Child Alive campaign and for I Am Africa.

 

 

  Wow!  We as black women in America have a LOT of work to do in terms of being an advocate for our sistas in Africa.  My heart bleeds every time I see a stunning African woman knowing that she may have been the victim of FGM growing up in her village.  Man! This is one my largest pet peeves.  I hope more sista in America will come forward and become a wide-screen beacon of light for these women.  I truly FEEL that this is the time to do it ALL for Africa.  It is TIME to be the echo of the voice of the screaming women/girls on the other side of the world.  Maybe then....EVERYONE will hear it and stop pretending that they don't.   But!

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January 7 
 
 

I'm not the type to post booty pics...I love my body but I try not to objectify it! But today I wanna...so I made a damn collage! The pic on the right made me nauseous the first time I saw it. I thought my face looked crazy but the pic is always popping up somewhere so I'm embracing it...crazy eyes, bra bulge and all!!!#IWokeUpLikeThis #FeelingFrisky #Freedom2014

 

 

  Although I see these beautiful African women....my heart still cries for the FGM experience each of them have in their own country.  And until this form of sexual abuse/sexual murder is eradicated throughout the whole of Africa, we black women, even in America, are STILL not free.  We are OUR sistas keeper.  But!

Originally Posted by RadioRaheem:
 
January 7 
 
 

I'm not the type to post booty pics...I love my body but I try not to objectify it! But today I wanna...so I made a damn collage! The pic on the right made me nauseous the first time I saw it. I thought my face looked crazy but the pic is always popping up somewhere so I'm embracing it...crazy eyes, bra bulge and all!!!#IWokeUpLikeThis #FeelingFrisky #Freedom2014

 

 

 nothing like a fiuoayne black woman's body, Tracee is so damn fine, love that back and love her legs too I could get graphic but I don't want to embarrass myself.

 

When Black people have it, man or woman, there's no comparison.  I believe that's part of the African's problem living in the United States.  There are pretty women, but being a woman, there are glimpses of some men that will make the heart fuckin' stop beating, they're soooooooooo fine!!!!!!!  A built African man in a suit, oh God!!!!!  Beauty personified for Norland!!!!!!

  Yes madame.  She is absolutely beautiful.  We are all beautiful and deserving of total protection from our men.  Why we don't have that?  Is. Beyond.  Me.  When I look at her?  I see my daughters.  So. For me?  Yes.  They are all worth protecting and respecting.  Cuz we black women are all MORE than a pretty face....just look behind our eyes into our insides....you will find more than mere beauty. It's a universe of attraction all its own.   But!

Hollywood beauty is under the guise of 250,000 pounds of makeup.  Those suckas take that shit off, they make you lose control of your bowels.  Black women are pretty most of the time with or without makeup.  It's when they get phony with their persona, trying to emulate Europeans that they defeat their purpose.  

 


 

 

 

 

I wore my hair short like the above for years....all through college...and during early motherhood. The model kinda look like I did back then.  Anyway... I loved my hair cut to the head.  But it wasnt popular during that time....70s.  Cuz hair for black women was their glory and how dare I cut my hair like a man.  But I tell ya.  I had sooooooooo many men chasing me with this hair cut.  Wouldn't leave me alone.  I didn't even know why.  Years later, my dude finally convinced me to let it grow.  I guess I was in a good mood and did it.  But since then I've had all kind of hair styles but my fav?  Is this one.  But! 

 

 

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

 


 

 

 

 

I wore my hair short like the above for years....all through college...and during early motherhood. The model kinda look like I did back then.  Anyway... I loved my hair cut to the head.  But it wasnt popular during that time....70s.  Cuz hair for black women was their glory and how dare I cut my hair like a man.  But I tell ya.  I had sooooooooo many men chasing me with this hair cut.  Wouldn't leave me alone.  I didn't even know why.  Years later, my dude finally convinced me to let it grow.  I guess I was in a good mood and did it.  But since then I've had all kind of hair styles but my fav?  Is this one.  But! 

 

 

If your head is shaped right nothing can be more beautiful. I think when a woman is able to flaunt natural beauty it can't get any better. My aunt wore this style too and she always stood out in the crowd plus she was a red bone, natural red hair. 

Originally Posted by RadioRaheem:

 

I recognized the sista in the black tank top, she is about black pride in Dominican Republic. She is the kind of Dominican I can appreciate. Wearing an Afro in the DR is like making a statement... If I had a chance I would bite the azz'z of every one them sweet cocktails. 

Black girls rock.

 

Denyce Lawton She is so gaddam fiuoyane, she is ridiculous fine I be howling at them bow legs,  WOW! Right now she is the finest woman on the planet IMHO  I absolutely love women, ain't nothing like a beautiful black woman, period!

 

Check her out in the movie that was inspired by actual events. Its a scene where the player pamper her with massage, hair and dress for a date and wow she is really a rare beauty she is really something rare and exotic, I hope in real life she is nice and down to earth I'm sure she gets all kind of stuff coming at her. 

 

BTW, the movie drop clues who the pro athletes are LOL 

 

Oh and one other thing the Director of the this movie is a sista too her name is Monica Mingo. I think this movie was her biggest project, I have to give her props she did a great job and I hope she gets the green light for more movie projects. She is cold blooded fine too hmm hmm hmm 

THE COALITION  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bJIpA-Vje4

 

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