2021 recap

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With 2021 coming to an end, MADAMENOIRE is celebrating several Black women who’ve had a fantastic year of record-breaking wins and personal accomplishments. Whether musicians, actresses, politicians, models, athletes, etc., they definitely dominated in 2021. 

What we loved most about this year is the women included in the list used their platforms to advocate prioritizing mental health over their careers, status and accolades. While some may argue their fame allowed them that privilege — seeing Black women put their peace first creates revolutionary ripple effects, regardless.

Peep these 21 women who did their thing in 2021.



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In 2021, RiRi became a billionaire. The singer and mogul’s empire continues to grow, thanks to her ever-evolving Fenty Beauty line and Savage x Fenty lingerie brand. In case you missed it, the latter held its third annual lingerie show, and in late November, Rihanna was honored as a national hero in her hometown of Bridgetown, Barbados.

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The “Work” singer also stayed very lovey-dovey with A$AP Rocky, as the two rekindled their romance in Dec. 2020.

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