Pretty For A Dark-Skinned Girl?? 15 Brown Beauties Who Put An End To This Silly Compliment

January 21, 2013  |  
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Ignorance is still very much alive — contrary to the evolving times. Even when we thought dark skin was in, the memo must have only been about the brothas because sistas have still been getting the most cringe-worthy compliment ever to be spoken: “Wow! Yo’ure pretty for a Black girl!” Whaaat?!

As a brown-skinned sista, let me speak for every other dark girl out there when I say, I thought pretty was determined upon your features and the way you carried yourself, not by the shade of your skin. A woman is never “pretty for a black girl,” she’s beautiful because that’s simply what she is inside and out, and these Hollywood starlets prove just that. Here are our favorite beautiful black sistas whose strikingly gorgeous looks leaves this not so complimenting compliment in the dust:


Meagan Good

From the moment we got a glimpse of her in Eve’s Bayou, her acting skills and raw good looks took our breath away. From there she would woo audiences in her roles from ‘You Got Served’ to ‘Stomp the Yard’  growing into not only gorgeous woman, but also one of virtue as we’ve seen from her relationship with new hubby Devon Franklin.

Gabrielle Union

A pretty cheerleader with attitude in ‘Bring It On’ to a beautiful woman to learn a thing or two from in “Think Like a Man,” Gabrielle Uinion is  a crush of most men — young and old. She continues to steal the hearts of audiences everywhere with her chocolate skin and gorgeous smile. Any wonder Dwyane Wade’s looking do happy these days?

Keisha Knight Pulliam

Who didn’t love sassy and oh so cute Rudy Huxtable from the Cosby Show? Since her role as the youngest of the Huxtable siblings, Keisha has taken on more adult roles from ‘Beauty Shop’ to lingerie ads; but don’t let this pretty face fool you, in 2001 she graduated from Spellman college with a degree in Sociology. Beauty and brains to match.

Janelle Monae

Unique, beautiful, confident, and a purely dope sense of style are just a few ways to describe this lyrical goddess. Signed to Bad Boy and Atlantic Records, Janelle Monae is not only attractive but talented and fearless when it comes to walking the tightrope and bringing something different and new to the stage.


All fans of ‘Moesha’ please stand up. How good did it feel to see a brown-skinned young sista make hit records and star in a show that adolescent and teenage girls enjoyed everywhere? Great! And that’s exactly how Brandy’s been looking lately, age has only enhanced her beauty.

Naomi Campbell

Scouted at the age of 15, this flawless British dark-skinned model, coined the term ‘Supermodel’ and opened the door for African American models everywhere. Without her, who knows if we would have ever seen a woman of color on the front of high fashion magazines.

Jennifer Williams

Ex-wife of Eric Williams, this intelligent brown-skinned beauty made her television debut as part of the cast of “Basketball Wives,” yet she’s always been familiar with the spotlight. Now her gorgeous brown skin has earned her even more of that as the paparazzi can’t get enough pics of her when she’s out on the town.

Kelly Rowland

Ex-band member of Destiny’s Child, the talented Kelly Rowland was able to share the spotlight with her band member Beyonce, being that her beauty and talent was just as much of a force to be reckoned with. A hair and fashion inspiration for many, Kelly’ regal beauty has made her a style icon for many.

Kenya Moore

The former Miss USA won’t hesitate to remind you she opened the door for black beauty queens all over the world. Intelligent, sassy, beautiful, and full of life, this former model shows her flare and determination, regardless of her not so easy upbringing in Detroit, and now we can watch her shine as the new cast member of RHOA.

Kerry Washington

This Bronx born beauty has enjoyed using her talents as a performer since her teenage years. Taking on great roles such as Ray Charles’ wife, Della Bea Robinson, and as Idi Amin’s wife Kay in ‘The Last King of Scotland,’ led to this brown skinned big screen queen becoming one of the newer faces for L’Oreal commercials.

Jennifer Hudson

This diva was definitely blessed with a set of lungs on her, so after she was shockingly voted off of “American Idol,” we weren’t surprised to see her talent land her a starring role in “Dreamgirls.” Ever since then, the sky has been the limit. Always beautiful with her big smile, personality, and flawless skin, the singer/actress has become a health guru as the accomplished spokesperson for Weight Watchers.

Serena Williams

The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her number one, and no one can deny her crazy tennis skills. Off the courts, Serena transforms from an athlete to a bombshell who can wear a tight little dress like nobody’s business with her smooth brown skin and show-stopping curves.

Venus Williams

Like her sister, Venus has a laundry list of athletic accomplishments, including becoming the first African American woman to earn the World No.1 title in February 2002 during the Open Era.  Although not as curvacious as Serena, her lean and toned stature and classic beauty is one of few that keeps tennis fans in awe.

Sanaa Lathan

Even as a tomboy in “Love and Basketball,” we noticed how effortlessly beautiful Sanaa was. With no make-up, hair pulled back, she could still make countless hearts skip a beat. Her beauty and vivaciousness is what attracts many to her, not to mention the woman is a brainiac, graduating from the University of California, Berkely with a degree in English, and from Yale university with a degree in Drama.

Nia Long

It’s no wonder this Afro-Trinidadian actress/dancer has always been a female heartthrob on the small and big screen. With a beautiful smile, gorgeous eyes, vibrant skin —  not to mention the sista can act — Ms. Long has long been a favorite on television shows like ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Third Watch.” Her pint size stature means nothing because her in your face attitude shines through in all her roles.

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