Damaris Lewis has one of those faces you never forget. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the 23-year-old model has stamped her beauty on the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. Lewis is well trained in performing arts, has appeared in the music video for Kanye West’s single “Monster” and was selected by Prince to be his muse and dancer during his Welcome 2 Australia Tour 2012 with The New Power Generation.
Arlenis Sosa Peña:
Arlenis Sosa Peña is a 24-year-old Dominican fashion model who went from battling the color prejudice of designers in the Dominican Republic to representing the most prestigious designers and fashion houses in the world. She is the current spokesmodel for Lancôme. She also appeared in the 2008 Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Arlenis is proud of her black heritage and has said: “We Dominicans should value the things we have principally our beauty, our country is black, not blond and blue-eyed.”
Nigerian model Adaora Akubilo, born in Windsor, Conn., mesmerized readers when she graced the pages of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2013.
Veronique Boubane, a beauty from Senegal, who now lives in Belgium, won Miss Belgique in 2008.
Tomiko Fraser Hines hails from the Bronx, N.Y., and is best known for becoming the first African- American spokeswoman for Maybelline, from 2001-2007. She is also the longest serving spokesperson for any cosmetics company and it is easy to see why: Her beauty is exceptional and Maybelline couldn’t get enough of it.
Congolese-born model Rissikat Bade, 21, lives in England and won the much-coveted title of Miss London in May 2011. The 5-foot-10-inch leggy beauty refutes the old adage “beauty and no brains,” as she is currently studying law at South Bank University and she is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian languages.
Chavoy Gordon placed fifth in the Miss Jamaica World 2011 contest. She has a track record of placing high at beauty pageants. Now a nurse, she aspires to one day become a doctor.
Geidy Mena Cuesta:
Geidy Mena Cuesta is from the state of Choco in Colombia. She was crowned Miss. Quibdó and competed in the Miss Choco pageant in 2011.
Leila Lopes is an Angolan beauty queen who won the titles of Miss Angola U.K. 2010, Miss Angola 2010 and Miss Universe 2011.
Kiara Kabukuru is a supermodel from Uganda whose career seemed to end suddenly in 2000 when she suffered a horrific accident: She was run over by an 18-wheeler truck in New York that left her face disfigured. However, she is now making a comeback after a 12-year recovery.
Kenisha Thom represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Miss World Pageant in 2004, and in 2006 was on the world stage again at the Miss Universe Pageant.
Philomena Kwao is a gorgeous 22-year-old economics graduate of Ghanaian heritage. She is currently completing a master’s degree in International Health Management. Based in London, she is Britain’s first black plus-size model.
Lydia Marsha is a dark-skinned Indian model who lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her goal is to inspire dark skinned woman and show them how gorgeous they truly are.
Joelle Kayembe was born in Lubumbashi in the Congo and her family traveled to South Africa on vacation when she was 11 years old. Because of the unrest in their native country, the family never went back.Today, Joelle is the highest paid black model in South Africa and is best known as one of the hostesses in the television program “Deal or No Deal.”
Grace Sarfo Kantanka:
Grace Sarfo Kantanka, 21, is an outgoing model from Ghana. She says her dark complexion is a gift from God for which she is forever grateful.
Kenyan model Marssha Mosi has been slowly making a name for herself in the fashion world through sheer hard work and drive.
Fatima Siad is a Somali-Ethiopian fashion model. Raised in Boston, Mass., she placed third on “America’s Next Top Model,” season 10.
Not much is known about 24-year-old Lilian Ndlovu other than she is originally from Zimbabwe, now lives in South Africa, and was featured in For Him Magazine’s 2008 top 100 sexiest women in the world. Oh yeah, and she’s exceptionally beautiful.
Kenia Martinez, 26, was crowned Miss Universe Honduras 2010 and is the second black woman to win the title. She says she’s a proud Garifuna.
Isabel Correia is a Brazilian beauty queen who won Miss World Sergipe 2009. She was a contestant on Brazil’s “Next Top Model” television show. Although she ultimately didn’t win, no one could deny that Isabel more than represents the beauty of black women of Brazil.