Actress Jodie Turner-Smith from “Queen & Slim” makes RegalMag.com’s list of the 19 most beautiful women of 2019 (Photo Credit: Andre D. Wagner/Universal Pictures).
2019=Black Girl Magic for Real
The catchphrase “Black Girl Magic” has existed for years.
But never has the slogan seemed more apropos than in the last year of this decade, 2019.
People of a certain age can remember the excitement in the hood when Vanessa Williams became the first Black Miss America in 1983.
Although Williams’ reign did not last long, her accomplishment opened up the floodgates for more Black beauty queens to follow in the following years and decades.
In 2019, Black women held the titles of Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss Universe and Miss World.
While that might seem like an accomplishment for Black women, it is more like the world finally opened their eyes to truly see the reality of Black girl magic.
But the magic extended past the pageant stage and into all facets of life.
As a result, RegalMag.com would like to showcase a little of that magic by highlighting the 19 most beautiful Black women of the year, 2019.
And as always, beauty is more than just skin deep.
Beauty applies to both inward and outward beauty.
Furthermore, in order for a woman to make the RegalMag.com list of most beautiful women of 2019, their light had to have shined brightly this year.
But unfortunately, no woman can make the list in two consecutive years so apologies in advance to women like Beyoncé and Angela Bassett.
So without further adieu, RegalMag.com presents its list of the 19 most beautiful Black women of 2019.
Click the links to learn more about the ladies.
And as always, let Regal know what you thought about the list.
What did RegalMag.com get right?
And what did RegalMa.com get wrong?
Lizzo—2019 belonged to Lizzo not just because of the fire songs she released, but also because of all she did to champion women accepting their body image, no matter how big or small.
Megan thee Stallion—Hot girl summer became more like hot girl year for Houston rapper Megan thee Stallion. Despite her beauty and bars, Megan thee Stallion should get love for her brains. She still goes to Texas Southern University despite her musical success.
Lauren London-Actress Lauren London had a traumatic 2019 after the death of her fiancé, rapper Nipsey Hussle. Despite it all, London carried herself with strength and grace. As a result, Regal salutes her for battling through the storms of life.
Solange—Despite Beyoncé getting more publicity, Solange continues to drop classic R&B albums like “When I Get Home.” RegalMag.com has to show love to Solange because she showed love to the Houston streets throughout the album, “When I Get Home.” RegalMag.com also calls Houston home like Solange. But she also does work for the community, donating money to project row houses in Houston’s Third Ward.
Malika Andrews—ESPN has a plethora of talented women sports reporters. But 2019 introduced viewers to Malika Andrews. She covers the NBA league wide for ESPN. Andrews’ work appears throughout ESPN’s many platforms like ESPN.com, “SportsCenter” and ESPN Radio.
Nicole Lynn—Black women did it all in 2019, even the job of a sports agent. Lynn has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Oklahoma. The super agent has clients with the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins as well as ballerinas with the American Ballet Theatre.
Deborah Joy Winans—Deborah Joy Winans does not have that last name for no reason. She can sing. Really, she can blow. But she might have just as much acting talent as musical talent. She might be just as talented as an actress because fans of “Greenleaf” have begun to hate her character, Charity. If a person hates you on screen, you have done your job.
Naomie Harris—Actress Naomie Harris did not have her most prolific year in 2019. That distinction belongs to a year like 2016 when she appeared in movies like “Collateral” and “Moonlight.” But none of those movies let her shine like “Black and Blue.” Next year, might be the year Harris reaches superstardom.
Ros Gold-Onwude—Ros Gold Onwude has become a superstar sports journalist over the years. She has covered the NCAA Tournament. Gold-Onwude has covered the NBA for Turner Sports, NBA TV and she has done the same thing for ESPN, even guest hosting the network’s hit show, “First Take.”
Renee Elise Goldsberry—You might not know the name now, but if her performance in “Waves” is any indication, her name will become well known very soon. In 2017, the Houston native played the title character in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” which also starred Oprah Winfrey.
Susan Kelechi Watson—The talented actress from Howard University really did her thing in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” But even before starring in movies with Tom Hanks, Watson had a very successful television career with roles on “NCIS” and “The Blacklist.”
Issa Rae—Issa Rae is an institution in Black Hollywood. What talent does she not possess? In 2019, she starred in “Little” and on the television series, “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” Did we mention that she graduated from Stanford University with a degree in African and African-American Studies in 2007?
Jodie Turner-Smith—Turner Smith played Queen in Lena Waithe’s “Queen and Slim” and that is appropriate because she and all of the women on this list deserve their crowns. In 2019, Turner-Smith also starred in the television series, “Jett.”
Halle Berry—What list of the most beautiful women of the year can get away with not including Halle Berry? The Oscar winner returned to the big screen in “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.” Berry is currently filming “Bruised” and plans to star in “Jagged Edge.”
Toni-Ann Singh—Black America always knew that Jamaica had some beautiful sisters. But now the world seems to know also as Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh has added another title to her name, Miss World.
Nyekachi Douglas—Stereotypes mean nothing to the good folks at RegalMag.com However, one stereotype does make us feel some type of way. Miss Nigeria obliterated the stereotype that Black women do not get along or cheer for each other when she literally embodied that saying, “I’m cheering for everyone Black” after losing recent beauty pageants to Black women.
Zozibini Tunzi—Miss Universe hails from the great country, South Africa. Not only did Zozibini Tunzi make a statement for all girls with her skin tone, she also made a statement for all girls with her non-European looking hair. Black is beautiful no matter what.
Nia Imani Franklin—Not only did Black women dominate the beauty pageants in 2019, chocolate sisters dominated the beauty pageants and Miss America 2019 was no exception. Franklin is also a devout Christian and talented musician.
Cheslie Kryst—Yes, Miss USA 2019 is a sister too. Cheslie Kryst is beautiful, obviously. But did we tell you that the sister has a MBA from Wake Forest University and a law degree? The lawyer is beauty and brains personified.