Black people are very diverse in both appearance and culture. There are very unique looking Black people around the world and we have just 5 of them on our list.
1. Khoudia Diop
Khoudia Diop, known as the Melanin Goddess, might not be that unique where she comes from, but the Senegalese model took the fashion industry by surprise with her uniquely dark skin. Growing up, Diop was routinely teased for her dark skin but that feature made her stand out from the crowd when she moved to Paris at the age of 15. That’s when she was approached about possibly becoming a model.
In 2016, Diop moved to New York City for college and was featured in the campaign for The Colored Girl Project. This move blew her up on Instagram, making her followers jump from 300 to over 300,000.
Diop told CNN in an interview, (say quote) “Even though my complexion is quite common in Senegal and many parts of Africa, I was teased for my dark skin. Being teased and losing my self value eventually ended up inspiring me to a better version of myself.” Diop is considered by many as the darkest model in the industry.
2. Esther Calixte-Bea
We’re not sure exactly when it happened but body hair on women has been a huge no-no in Western culture for a long time. The hair removal industry is massive, from shaving razors to waxes. So imagine what type of confidence a woman would have to have to flaunt not her leg or underarm hair but her chest hair!
That brave woman is Esther Falixte-Bea. Esther has had a hairy chest since she was a young girl and it always caused her insecurity. But in 2019, she decided she would no longer shave her chest hair or let it stop her from wearing whatever she wanted. Esther realized that the definition of beauty is ever changing while on a trip to Haiti and completely embraced her look.
The shaving ban did not stop at her chest. Esther also stopped shaving her legs and armpits. She embraced wearing clothes that revealed her body hair instead of hiding it.
3. Michael Ealy
What’s the first thing you notice about Michael Ealy? Of course it’s his blue eyes! Black people with blue eyes are rare but not unheard of. In fact, places like Nigeria’s Kwara State are known for their population of Black people with striking blue eyes. It is believed that almost everyone with blue eyes is linked to an ancient genetic mutation that took place around 10,000 years ago in Europe. Black people with blue eyes also have the same genetic mutation in their DNA.
Other Black celebrities like Jessie Williams, Terrence Howard, James Earl Jones, and Gary Dourdan also have blue eyes.
4. Winnie Harlow
Winnie Harlow splashed into the modeling world as a contestant on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ in 2014. What made Winnie stand out more than anything is the unique appearance of her skin. Winnie has vitiligo, a condition that causes areas of the skin to lose pigment. Vitiligo occurs with similar frequency in people of all races aboud between 0.5 and 1% of the world population has the condition. It appears as if more Black people have vitiligo because it is more noticeable in those with darker skin tones.
As for Winnie, she’s sick of being asked about the condition that makes her stand out. Speaking with Cosmopolitan Magazine, the model said, “I was the first person with the condition to walk the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. I was featured in the Sport Illustrated Swimsuit issue, I’ve graced the cover of countless magazines around the world,…But still, with all my success, I’m most often asked in interviews about my vitiligo…It’s frustrating because I’m also an adult who has lived a full life. And to be honest, I’ve dealt with way worse traumas than my skin condition.”
5. Ava Clarke
This gorgeous teen was born with albinism, an inherited condition that leads to someone having very light skin, hair, and eyes. Aside from vision problems, people with this condition are as healthy as everyone else. Albinism is so rare that it’s estimated fewer than 20,000 cases are known per year in the US. Although albinism affects people of all ethnic background, it is more prevalent in people of sub-Saharan African descent.
Ava is a model and a dancer who has had the chance to work with the likes of Beyonce. Other famous people with albinism include Shaun Ross, Thonda Hopa, Johnny Winter, and Brother Ali.