By Jean Gasho
Rating women’s beauty can be very difficult, especially African black beauty. Black women’s beauty is already a controversial and rather political subject for they are often a subject of mockery for hiding their own hair under European women’s hair. Black women’s beauty is probably the most underrated in the world, mainly because for centuries, black women have been made to feel they are just not beautiful enough, compared to European and Western’s standards of beauty, the long straight hair, the pale skin and the blue eyes. For me as a black woman, it pains me to see how millions of black women are not comfortable in their own beauty. I hate weaves, I really do. I just think straight flowing hair just looks wrong on a black indigenous African woman.
So my top 10 most beautiful African women can only be women who are comfortable in their own skin and hair. Black African women who refuse to imitate European or White beauty. Black women who are not only fearless but bold. Black women who are proud and confident to be black and do not have a hint of apology in their melanin or hair. For me, this is what it means to be black and beautiful. No weaves, No bleached Skin and preferably no fake nails too. Just raw beauty enhanced with minimal natural looking cosmetics.
Ajuma Nasenyana (KENYA)
I absolutely love Ajuma. I love her spirit and everything that she represents. Her indigenous beauty resembles everything beautiful about being black and African. She is one woman whom when I look at her pictures, I see her speaking for all of us, the misunderstood black African women. I see a picture of suffering yet strong and resilient. Her beauty sparks certain deeps emotions in me pertaining my race. When I look at Ajuma I feel sadness, anger, love then pride. I love the color of her eyes, the full dark lips, the beautiful short natural hair and her perfect skin. Her beauty is unapologetic and undiluted.
Nyakim Gatwech (SOUTH SUDAN)
How can one look at Nyakim and not be mesmerized by such enchanting beauty? Oh she is one of my favorite African beauties. Her shiny dark skin has earned her the nick name ‘Queen Of The Dark’. She grew up being told if she ever wanted to make it as a fashion model, she had to bleach her skin. But Nyakim always embraced her dark skin with pride and boldness and she dared to make it as a successful model in her own right. Her confidence is so refreshing, especially at such a time where black women are resorting to more skin bleaching. I love her more because she often wears my favorite color orange, and it complements her skin perfectly. I consider Nyakim the 3rd most beautiful African Goddess.
Mayowa Nicholas (NIGERIA)
I could not leave such a fresh faced teenager out of my top 10 list. That would be criminal. Whats not to love about Mayowa. She’s the new face of Calvin Klein among other major international achievements as a top model and it looks like she hasn’t even begun. The Nigerian born beauty is a free spirit who is fun loving, young and true to herself. In her most recent interview, she said her wish is for all women to feel beautiful and empowered. Well with such wisdom like that, this melanin beauty had to make my final 10.
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