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26 Most Beautiful African Women

26 Most Beautiful African Women Hyderabd040-395603080 December 12, 2019

Women of color have a beauty of their own. Black is beautiful, bold, and confident. African women are known for their glowing skin, impeccable features, and superb talent. The word ‘beautiful’ has been redefined by these African women. They are comfortable in their skin and exude confidence from head to toe. These African women are intelligent and strong and a solid combination of beauty and brains.

Let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful and influential African women that have taken the world by storm with their beauty and wit!

1. Zozibini Tunzi

Zozibini Tunzi Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 18 September, 1993
  • Place Of Birth: Tsolo, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Height: 5’10
  • Profession: Model

The newest Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi, holds the honor of being the third woman from South Africa to win the title and the first black woman to do so since 2011. She is an activist who aims to put an end to gender-based violence. At the young age of 26, she is working hard to change the perceptions around prevailing gender stereotypes. The modern world needs more inspiring women like Tunzi.

2. Jawahir Ahmed

Jawahir Ahmed Pinit

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  • Date Of Birth: 1991
  • Place Of Birth: Logan, Utah, USA
  • Height: 5’8
  • Profession: Model

This African woman is the definition of smart and beautiful. With the dream to serve as a health advisor to Engineers Without Borders, she hopes to bring change in the world any way she can. Jawahir is signed to the Stars Talent Group Modelling Agency. She represented Somalia in the Miss Africa Utah pageant in 2013, which she won.

3. Atong Demach

Atong Demach Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 16th June, 1988
  • Place Of Birth: Malakal, South Sudan
  • Height: 5’10
  • Profession: Model

 Atong Demach, a South Sudanese businesswoman, is yet another African woman with both beauty and brains. She has strived for success from an early age and is extremely hardworking. She won the title of Miss World Africa in 2011.

4. Joelle Kayembe

Joelle Kayembe Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 31st May, 1983
  • Place Of Birth: Congo, Africa
  • Height: 5’9
  • Profession: Actor, Model

Joelle is best known for her role as Zina in the 2013 film Zulu. She started her career in acting at the young age of 19. She is highly admired by her fellow stars for her perseverance to work and grow as an actor.

5. Adaora Akubilo

Adaora Akubilo Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 1987
  • Place Of Birth: Nigeria
  • Height: 5’11
  • Profession: Model

 Adaora Akubilo is deeply attached to her native land, Nigeria. She spent a long time learning about her land and culture before she got signed by a modeling agency. She is one of the fittest models in the world and has appeared in the 2012 and 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editions.

6. Dillish Mathews

Dillish Mathews Pinit

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  • Date Of Birth: 16th September, 1990
  • Place Of Birth: Namibia, Africa
  • Height: 6’1
  • Profession: Actor, Model

Dillish Mathews is popularly known for participating in the reality television series Big Brother. She is a student of psychology and has been fond of education since she was 7. She has done various photo shoots to kickstart her modeling career.

7. Lupita Nyongo’o

Lupita Nyongo’o Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 1st March, 1983
  • Place Of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Height: 5’5
  • Profession: Actress

Though she was born in Mexico, Lupita grew up in Kenya. She graduated with a degree in Film and Theater Studies from Hampshire College. She is renowned for her bold and beautiful features that make her stand out in a crowd. In 2014, People’sMagazine named her “The Most Beautiful Woman.”

8. Nonhle Thema

Nonhle Thema Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 15th October, 1981
  • Place Of Birth: South Africa
  • Height: 5’9
  • Profession: TV presenter​, actress​, and producer

Nonhle Thema, a South African woman, is a famous television personality. She has been in showbiz for quite some time and has made her mark in the TV world as a star.

9. Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 6th November 1972
  • Place Of Birth: Zambia
  • Height: 5’6
  • Profession: Actor

Thandie Newton is popularly known for starring in iconic films, such as Mission: Impossible 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story. She is widely renowned for her acting prowess. She states that from an early age, she was subjected to racism for being black. She often got picked on at school. All of this made her stronger and come back with more confidence. More power to her!

10. Miriam Chemmoss

Miriam Chemmoss Pinit

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  • Year Of Birth: 1977
  • Place Of Birth: Kenya
  • Height: 5’4
  • Profession: Musician and artist

Miriam is a supremely talented performing artist from East Africa. She grew up in Kenya and Tanzania where she was actively involved in music and theater programs. She has performed at many music festivals and become a favorite among the general African population. Miriam’s music is a beautiful blend of R&B and hip-hop music.

11. Isha Sesay

Isha Sesay Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 6th January 1976
  • Place Of Birth: Bordeaux, France
  • Height: 5’8
  • Profession: Journalist

This intellectual and fiercely gorgeous woman has worked with CNN as an anchor for the longest time. She is of Sierra Leonean and British descent. She is a popular media personality who has strong opinions on important subjects such as racial and gender equality.

12. Nadia Buari

Nadia Buari Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 21st November, 1982
  • Place Of Birth: Ghana
  • Profession: Actor

Nadia Buari, a Ghanaian actress, has been nominated twice for Best Actress in a Leading Role by the Africa Movie Academy. A well-known actress in Nollywood, Nadia is widely respected for her work and contribution to the Nigerian film industry.

13. Leila Lopes

Leila Lopes Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 26th February, 1986
  • Place Of Birth: Angola
  • Height: 5’10
  • Profession: Actress and TV hostess

Angola is famously known as the home of some of the most beautiful women in the world. One of them happens to be Leila Lopes. She is widely recognized for her remarkable beauty. Leila has made her mark in the modeling world by bagging the titles of Miss Angola UK 2010, Miss Angola 2010, and Miss Universe 2011.

14. Honorine Uwera

Honorine Uwera Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 30th July, 1990
  • Place Of Birth: Rwanda
  • Height: 5’10
  • Profession: Model

This young woman from Rwanda immigrated to Canada in the late ‘90s. She began her modeling career at the early age of 16. She worked with the reputed model Naomi Campbell in the Roca Wear Spring 2005 campaign.

15. Lorraine Van Wyk

Lorraine Van Wyk Pinit

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  • Date Of Birth: 24th September, 1981
  • Place Of Birth: Belville, South Africa
  • Height: 5’9
  • Profession: Model and social media personality

This African beauty began her career by appearing in advertisements and commercials. She moved to London at an early age to pursue her dream of acting. It was not too long before she got featured on the cover of the famous Maxim magazine in the Netherlands. Soon after, she bagged the title of Model of the Year in both 2003 and 2004.

16. Nyasha Matonhodze

Nyasha Matonhodze Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 31st July, 1995
  • Place Of Birth: Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Height: 5’11
  • Profession: Model

Nyasha hails from a simple family in Zimbabwe. She was raised by her grandmother and received a humble upbringing. She then moved to London to live with her mother. Due to her tall and lean physique, she was often told to try her hand at modeling. At the young age of 14, she got signed by the popular Elite Modeling Agency.

17. Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 3rd May, 1979
  • Place Of Birth: Mbaise, Nigeria
  • Height: 5’5
  • Profession: Actress, model, and singer 

Genevieve Nnaji was born and raised in Lagos. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in Nigeria. She has won several awards for her outstanding performances, including the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005.

18. Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 22nd March, 1980
  • Place Of Birth: Durban, South Africa
  • Height: 5’0
  • Profession: Actress 

Kandyse McClure, a Canadian actress, is popularly known for her role as Anastasia Dualla in Battlestar Galactica. She also stars in the Netflix original series, Hemlock Grove. Kandyse is on a mission to wipe out poverty. She works with an NGO called CARE to help drive out poverty in Third World countries.

19. Ella Thomas

Ella Thomas Pinit


  • Year Of Birth: 1981
  • Place Of Birth: Asmara, Eritrea
  • Height: 5’10
  • Profession: Actress, model, and producer 

Ella Thomas moved to Germany at a very young age. She was extremely interested in performing arts and actively took part in school plays. Her skills were recognized, and she was encouraged to pursue a career in acting. She made her Hollywood film debut alongside Bruce Willis in Surrogates.

20. Megalyn Echikunwoke

Megalyn Echikunwoke Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 28th May 1983
  • Place Of Birth: Spokane, Washington
  • Height: 5’7
  • Profession: Actress 

Though Megalyn Echikunwoke hails from the US, she is of Nigerian descent. Her grandfather was a reputed tribal leader in Nigeria, thus making her African royalty. Megalyn is famous for her role in CSI: Miami as Tara Price.

21. Michelle Van Der Water

Michelle Van Der Water Pinit


  • Year Of Birth: 1978
  • Place Of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Height: 5’6
  • Profession: Actress 

Michelle Van Der Water was born in South Africa but raised in Australia. She graduated from Wollongong University with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts and Graphic Design. She soon started taking acting classes. Michelle then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. She appeared on NCIS: Los Angeles in 2009.

22. Ajuma Nasanyana

  • Date Of Birth: 16th August, 1984
  • Place Of Birth: Lodwar, Kenya
  • Height: 5’10
  • Profession: Model

Ajuma Nasanyana was intrigued by the world of modeling at a very young age. Lucky for her, her body type was the perfect fit. Her friends and family pushed her toward her goals. She participated in the Miss Kenya Tourism pageant in 2003. She won the pageant and was crowned Miss Nairobi. She received a lot of exposure during this event and was soon signed up by Surazuri Modeling Agency.

23. Fatima Siad

Fatima Siad Pinit


  • Date Of Birth:  17th December, 1986
  • Place Of Birth: Somalia
  • Height: 5’8
  • Profession: Model

Fatima Siad hails from a humble family. She was passionate about modeling ever since she was a little girl. She has been recognized for her patience and hard work by her fellow model friends. She is currently signed with IMG Models in New York City, Paris, and Milan.

24. Helen Getachew

Helen Getachew Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 13th January 1990
  • Place Of Birth: Ethiopia
  • Height: 5’9
  • Profession: Model

Helen Getachew is the epitome of grace, wisdom, and beauty. She was crowned Queen of Ethiopia in 2012 and is considered to be one of the most beautiful Ethiopian women.

25. Yemi Alade

Yemi Alade Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 13th March, 1989
  • Place Of Birth: Nigeria
  • Profession: Musician

Yemi Alade has loved singing for as long as she can remember. She is a famous Nigerian singer as well as a songwriter. She got her big break on the Peak Talent Show in 2009. She is known to draw attention with her beauty, voice, and moves.

26. Jackie Appiah

Jackie Appiah Pinit


  • Date Of Birth: 5th December 1983
  • Place Of Birth:  Ghana
  • Profession: Actress 

Jackie Appiah’s beauty is definitely captivating. She has gained lots of recognition for her acting work. Jackie grabbed the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in the 2007 Africa Movie Academy Awards. She is also considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the African film industry.

These are a few of the most beautiful African women making a mark in the world. Africa truly offers some of the most talented women who strive for nothing less than a kind and successful world. Did we miss out on any African beauty that you were hoping to see on this list? Let us know in the comments section below!

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