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Be Inspired By These Beautiful Black Women With Braids

these beautiful black women will prove that a pretty lady can be smart as hell too. Let's get to know them and be inspired by their beauty and brains.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

Real talk, there is still a bitter perception of successful women in our society. When a woman is beautiful and successful in her career, some people tend to think that she might have slept her way up or a man gave her the position. Yes, it is saddening that there are still people who think this way. Can't a woman be gorgeous and intelligent at the same time? Girl, it's 2020. The weird concept of beauty without brains should be gone. It can be unfair that we, women, have to be questioned every step of the way how we did it. Well, these beautiful black women will prove that a pretty lady can be smart as hell too. Let's get to know them and be inspired by their beauty and brains.

Alicia Keys

The phenomenal singer, Alicia Keys, received five Grammy Awards and had numerous hits. I am a hundred percent sure you are very much familiar with her most-known songs like "No One.", "You Don't Know My Name.", and "Fallin'." Alicia Keys is also one of the best-selling artists in the United States. Although she dropped out of college, that did not stop her from being successful in her career. Oh, by the way, she was her high school's valedictorian and was accepted to Columbia University-- one of the top Ivy League schools in the U.S.! Such a brainy!


I think I do not need to introduce Queen Bey as I am sure everyone knows this beautiful, sexy, intelligent, and talented woman. Nope, Queen Bey does not have any formal education past high school, but she has a business mind. Beyonce started out as a lead position in the group Destiny's Child (I know you miss them) and grew her singing and acting career. She has received many awards including Billboard Awards, NAACP Awards, and Grammy Awards.

Danai Gurira

If you have watched the famous movie Black Panther and the TV series The Walking Dead, you probably know Danai Gurira. And there is denying that she did so great in both films! Whether you are team Wakanda warrior Okoye or team Michonne, Danai Gurira is a stunning and very talented actress. Her acting career is preceded by a degree from Macalester College and a master's degree from New York University. Truly an inspiration!

Eva Marcille

This beautiful lady was first known on America's Next Top Model. Eva Marcille is an amazing model who has taken her career to appear in shows such as Everybody Hates Chris and The Game, and to act. Eva was accepted to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Clark Atlanta University before pursuing her modeling career.

Issa Rae

People know the ever-gorgeous Issa Rae as the funny black woman. But behind her contagious big smiles, there are brains. Issa Rae is a writer and an actress who became a sensation after her show Insecure debuted on HBO. She graduated from Stanford with a BA in African-American Studies. She is truly a classic beauty with brains.

Kerry Washington

You have seen Kerry Washington in The Last King of Scotland, Django Unchained, Ray, and the Shonda Rhimes' classic, Scandal. And just like her roles, she is a smart, educated black woman in real life. Kerry attended the Spence School in New York City and went to George Washington University to get a degree in sociology. This beautiful black woman proves that a pretty face can have brains too.

Logan Browning

Logan Browning made her mark in her appearance in the VH1 series Hit the Lights, Dear White People, and Bratz: The Movie. Her intelligence is only on-screen but Logan is also educated in real life. She went to the very prestigious Vanderbilt University.

These gorgeous, intelligent, and talented black women can truly inspire everyone. Some of the ladies we included on the list are Hollywood's biggest names and some are smaller entertainers but they all share one thing in common: being beautiful with brains. Who is your most favorite among the list? We would love to know your thoughts. Share them with us in the comment section.

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