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Beauty is a fusion of qualities, like shape, color and form that charm the aesthetic senses, particularly sight. However, people have varying interpretations of what is beautiful. The following article takes a look at the top 10 most beautiful African-American actresses who were born between 1995 and 2000. These ladies are not only beautiful on the outside, but they also possess plenty of talent and continue to make huge moves in the entertainment industry.
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Actress Zendaya is a true beauty icon in the celebrity world. She’s an expert at doing her own makeup for the ever-famous red carpet events, and has appeared in a diverse range of chic hairstyles and outfits. Her outstanding beauty has landed her successful collaborations with numerous high-end brands, like Lancôme, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, and Covergirl. Moreover, Zendaya is well-known for taking excellent selfies, which she occasionally uploads on social media.
The talented actress is the daughter of Claire Marie Stoermer and Samuel David Coleman, and she was born on 1 September 1996. She is biracial with a white mom and an African American dad. Her home town is in Oakland California, but she currently lives in Los Angeles, California in a prestigious mansion. Zendaya’s acting career began in 2009, and some of her most famous films and TV shows are Euphoria (2019), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), The Greatest Showman (2017), K.C. Undercover (2015-2018), Smallfoot (2018) and Duck Duck Goose (2018).
2. Yara Shahidi
Yara is a true embodiment of outward and inward beauty. Her skin seems to be out of this world, and she’s always nailing red carpet looks. She’s often seen in her glorious curls, and is no stranger to pretty selfies. While Yara Shahidi is known for her captivating makeup looks, she also likes to leave her skin untouched to exude her authentic self.
The famous actress was born on 10 February 2000 to an Iranian father (Afshin Shahidi) and African American mother (Keri Salter Shahidi). She is the older sister of Sayeed and Ehsan Shahidi. Yara Shahidi’s cinematic debut was in 2009 when she stared alongside Eddie Murphy in Imagine That. She has also appeared in Salt, The First Family, Black-ish, Grown-ish, and The Sun is Also a Star. When she’s not acting, Yara loves to talk about politics, and this has allowed her to form friendships with Michelle Obama and Oprah.
3. Chloe and Halle Bailey
Chloe Bailey and her sister Halle are famous for their viral cover of Beyonce’s song, “Pretty Hurts”. Beyonce was among the millions of viewers who viewed the girls’ YouTube video, and gladly signed them on to her Entertainment Label. In addition to their singing talent, the two sisters have made a name for themselves in the acting world after appearing on the Black-ish spinoff, Grown-ish. Before Grown-ish, Chloe and Halle acted in Last Holiday (2006), Let it Shine (2012), Joyful Noise (2012), and Austin and Alley (2013). Independently, Chloe has appeared in The Fighting Temptations (2003), Meet the Browns (2008), and Gospel Hill (2009) while Halle had been featured in The House of Payne (2007).
Furthermore, as both their careers continue to skyrocket, the fashion industry has taken a note of their beauty. Chloe and Halle have been able to work with InStyle, Paper Magazine and Teen Vogue. They have also modeled for Dolce and Gabbana. During red-carpet events, the two sisters always make an effort to deliver unexpected and unforgettable looks that suit their beautiful natural hair. Chloe and Hailey Bailey were born on 1 July 1998 and 27 March 2000 respectively to Courtney and Doug Bailey.
4. Amandla Stenberg
Amandla Stenberg is another attractive African-American actress, and that is clear from her role as an ambassador for Fenty Beauty. The young lady also stuns on social media with transformative beauty looks. Amandla never shies away from doing something different, and her hairstyles, makeup looks, accessories, and no-makeup appearances have been known to leave an impact. She’s also known for challenging young African-American ladies to be bold and open.
The gifted actress was born on 23 October 1998 in Los Angeles, California. Her dad, Tom Stenberg, is Danish, while her mom, Karen Brailsford, is an African-American. Amandla’s first feature film was Colombiana in 2011. After that, she went on to appear in a variety of movies and TV shows, including The Hunger Games, Sleepy Hollow, Mr. Robinson, The Darkest Minds, and The Hate U Give.
5. Samantha Logan
Another true beauty that deserves to be on this list is Samantha Logan. She has a very impressive resume after appearing on popular films and television programs like 13 Reasons Why season two, All American, Polaroid, The Fosters, The Empty Man, and 666 Park Avenue.
Samantha Logan was born on 27 October 1996 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is of mixed race, because her father is of Trinidadian descent while her mother (Colleen Logan) is of Irish ancestry. Unfortunately, her parents parted ways when she was very young. Samantha gained an interest in acting at a tender age, which led her to relocate to New York at 10 years old to pursue the career. She went to Professional Performing Arts School and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts to learn about the art.
6. Coco Jones
Coco Jones is a living definition of “Black is Beautiful”. She was born on 4 January 1998 in Columbia, South Carolina, and grew up in Lebanon, Tennessee. Her parents are Mike Jones, a former NFL defensive lineman, and Javonda Jones, a session vocalist. Coco’s first stage performance was at age six at her kindergarten graduation. Later on, she was introduced to Disney’s casting heads at the tender age of nine.
Acting on Let it Shine as “Roxie” saw Coco rise to prominence in the acting industry. Other notable on-screen appearances include Grandma’s House, Flock of Four, and Vampires vs. the Bronx. Coco Jones is also a professional singer, and singles such as “Whodunit”, “Don’t Push Me”, and “Guardian Angel” have won her chart positions.
7. China Anne McClain
China McClain is also one of the most beautiful African-American actresses born between 1995 and 2000. And, she has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines, such as Afterglow, BYOU Magazine, and Rolling Out. In the past, she has said that she is proud of being a black girl, and loves to rock her natural hair.
Born on 25 August 1998 to Michael and Shontell McClain, China is a professional singer and actress. Her first film appearance was in 2005 in The Gospel as “Alexis”. She went on to appear in other well-performing movies and television shows, including Madea’s Family Reunion, Daddy’s Little Girls, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, A.N.T. Farm, and Blood Brother. China’s sisters, Sierrra Aylina and Lauryn Alisa McClain are equally talented. Their younger brother Gabriel McClain is also a professional actor.
8. Lauryn Alisa McClain
Lauryn McClain is the elder sister of China Anne McClain, and she was born on 9 January 1997 in Decatur, Georgia. Just like China, Lauryn also made an appearance in Daddy’s Little Girls and The Gospel. Her other works include BearCity3 in 2016, Step UP: High Water in 2018, and Haunt in 2019. Lauryn was also a member of the McClain Sisters pop group from 2005 to 2016.
Many times, Lauryn and China are mistaken for twins, because of their close resemblance, but they have an age difference of nearly two years. Lauryn has confessed that she has faced feelings of self-doubt and insecurity in the past, but has learned to overcome them by ignoring negative opinions. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her family.
9. Parker McKenna Posey
Parker McKenna Posey is undoubtedly pretty. She entered the limelight as a child actress on My Wife and Kids. On the ABC sitcom, Parker played the role of “Kady Kyle”, which made her a favorite among fans of the show. Additionally, she appeared on Games People Play, Alice Upside Down, Meet the Santas, Lucky Girl and Summer Camp. Other than acting, Parker is also business-oriented, and owns a swimsuit line known as Honeydip. She has also participated in ad campaigns for a couple of brands, including Barbie and Vons, Pizza Hut, Verizon, Cap N’ Crunch, Marshals and Visa.
Parker was born on 18 August 1995 in Los Angeles, California. She has five other siblings and her parents are Polo Posey and Heather Stone. Polo is of African-American and Native-American ancestry while Heather is of Italian and Irish roots. Parker’s siblings are namely, Jewel, Carl, Khari, Dilynne, and Jake.
It's also worth noting that Parker welcomed her firstborn daughter in 2021 with her lover, Jay Jay Wilson.
10. Cymphonique Miller
Cymphonique is a beautiful and gifted singer, actress and dancer. She was born on 1 August 1996, and is the daughter of the legendary Master P and sister to Romeo Miller, an American rapper and actor. During her career, Cymphonique has been featured on the cover of multiple magazines, including Dream Teen Magazine, BYOU Magazine, and Nationalist Magazine.
Some of Cymphonique’s on-screen performances are How to Rock, Opposite Day, Phineas and Ferb, Big Time Rush, Drippin, and Winx Club. The Los Angeles native has released a multitude of successful jams, such as “Nobody Like You”, “All About Tonight”, “It’s My Party”, “Lil Miss Swagger”, and “Baby Baby”.
The above African-American actresses are all beautiful in multiple aspects, and have managed to find their own path in the showbiz business. Many of them have gotten opportunities to appear on magazine covers and become brand ambassadors. May they continue to excel in their individual careers.
© 2020 Alice Njambi
Alice Njambi (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on April 28, 2020:
As always, thank you for the compliment JC Scull.
JC Scull on April 28, 2020: