17 Powerfully Beautiful Celebrity Women Mainstream Media Needs To Stop Sleeping On

    There's room for more than one black woman, too.

    When it comes to black women celebrities, there seems to be an unspoken "there can only be one" rule that doesn't apply to their white peers. Year after year, mainstream media rotates the same black celebs for awards, magazine covers, and major campaigns.

    And while black women LOVE us some RiRi, Kerry, Yoncé, and Lupita, we recognize that there are so many other queens out here putting in work and representing the limitless faces of black girl beauty.

    Like who? Glad you asked!

    1. Janelle Monae

    2. Danielle Brooks

    3. Jhene Aiko

    4. Regina Hall

    5. Shingai Shoniwa

    6. Teyonah Parris

    7. Fantasia

    8. Jazmine Sullivan

    9. Sevyn Streeter

    10. Esperanza Spalding

    11. Danai Gurira

    12. Andra Day

    13. Chrisette Michele

    14. Dawn Richard

    15. K. Michelle

    16. Shanola Hampton

    17. Keke Palmer

    There's room for more than one black woman at the top!