It was Tupac who so eloquently stated, “The Blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice.” We’ve rounded up 21 images of beautiful dark skinned women because Black is beautiful.

Melaninated! 40 Images Of Beautiful Dark Skinned Women was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. @LupitaNyongo

@LupitaNyongo

Actress Lupita Nyong’o attends the Vanity Fair and Tiffany & Co. private dinner toasting Lupita Nyong’o and celebrating Legendary Style at Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

2. @UrsulaStephen

Ursula Stephen is known to be the hairstylist behind some of your favorite celebs including Rihanna! Here she’s in front of the camera for a project with makeup artist Camara Aunique.

3. @ViolaDavis

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Actor Viola Davis attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center.

4. @GraceStarHamilton

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On October 22nd I posted a picture of myself where i looked like I altered my appearance and metamorphosis to match the “Eurocentric beauty standards”. I fearlessly addressed an issue that has been swept under the rug and boldly took the stance in bringing a taboo topic to the fore front. I chose to do this in the manner I did because I believe Colorism is plagiarizing our black community. While It appeared as if I had “bleached” my skin, causing a world wide debate, and even though the picture was obviously birthed around my single titled“Black hypocrisy” and my mixtape Captured.I want to openly say it was not a “publicity stunt”. I wanted to create awareness to “Colorism” and it was more so done intentionally to create shock value so that I could have the worlds undivided attention to deliver the message in my music. There are dark skin women across the world complaining every day that they are being downplayed and degraded, but the raw truth is it is us “black women” and “black men” that are fighting against each other and tearing down our own race. It’s evident in the social media comments every day, I myself have lived through it all being downgraded by my dark complexion. Would the message in my song have been received as well as it did world wide if I didn’t go to the extreme with the picture? The truth is no it would have probably been just another Spice hit song; so yes I had to go the extra mile to ensure my message be heard. Most people got a misconception that I was boosting “Skin bleaching” but ironically it was the opposite. I used myself as an example of what people from the black community is causing other women to do because of how society makes them feel. Yes “Black is beautiful” we say it every day but are we showing love to our black women? This topic is long and I could spread it so far but mi tired fi type Lol. The fact is Colorism is happening in the homes ,school and businesses but I’ll leave it till my next post. To put a end to the debate “I DID NOT BLEACH MY SKIN” and I quote “Proud a mi color, love mi pretty black skin, respect due to mi strong melanin” words from my “Black Hypocrisy” song that I wrote from my heart.

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5. @CianneHBrowne

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📸 : @piokky 💄 : @susan.vee

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Cianne is a beautiful Liberian model. We are loving this nude lipstick, check out Mented Cosmetics to achieve a similar look.

7. @MichaelaCoel

8. @JustineSkye

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Justine Sky attends 13th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on in 2016.

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@amaralanegraaln 🖤

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12. @GabrielleUnion

@GabrielleUnion

13. @Hodan.YSF

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Back and better🙏🏿

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Hodan is a mom of 4 living in the Netherlands.

14. @TheKenyaMoore

@TheKenyaMoore

Kenya Moore attends the 2017 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party.

15. @NaturiNaughton

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16. @ChasitySamone

Model and entrepreneur Chasity Samone looking fabulous in pink.

17. @Shivss_XO

Top notch in this top knot!

18. @_Deeva_

Red and melanin.

19. @Naoumie

Ivory looks so good against melanin.

24. @Anyekuos

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But do you art tho 😏🖌 📸: @photomaticsmith

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We’re perfect, even just hanging in our white tee.

25. @Melaniin.Goddess

Senegalese model Khoudia Diop is stunning!

26. @SimoneMariposa

Simone is stepping out in all her melanin glory.

29. @ayeleshia

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Comment you zodiac sign I'm "Cancer" ✌🏿️♋️

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30. @melanin.bape

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@melanin.bape 🖤

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31. @__olakemi__

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@__olakemi__ 🖤

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32. @uchenna__

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@uchenna__ 🖤

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33. @hhourglass

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@hhourglass 🖤 #dswcarnival

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34. @iamjuju

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Juju X @fashionnova

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35. @westindiandolly

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@westindiandolly 🖤

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36. @iamlovely2

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@iamlovely2 🤰🏾 #dswmaternity

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37. @nnennab

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@nnennab 🌹

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