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The 15 Sexiest Black Actresses In Hollywood

Noelle Talmon Noelle Talmon
July 12th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
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Lupita Nyong'o

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is of Mexican and Kenyan descent. She was born in Mexico City but was raised in Kenya and educated in the United States. Earlier this year she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her first starring role in "12 Years a Slave." People magazine subsequently named her the "Most Beautiful" star of 2014.

During the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon in February, the actress talked about being bullied as a child and wishing she could change her skin color.

She told the Associated Press: "I got teased and taunted about my skin. My one prayer to God was that I would wake up lighter skinned."

She added: "The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of the mirror because I wanted to see my face first. Every day I would feel the disappointment of being just as dark as the day before."

She later accepted her skin tone after learning about the beautiful dark skinned model Alex Wek.

Nyong'o is just one of many beautiful black actresses in Hollywood.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Halle is probably one of Hollywood's most famous black actresses. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a black father and caucasian mother. She has mentioned that her biracial background was painful and confusing when she was a young woman, and she made the decision early on to live as a black woman because she knew that was how she would be perceived.

She started modeling before launching her acting career and landed her first major role in the Spike Lee film "Jungle Fever." She is known for films including "X-Men," "Monster's Ball," and "Die Another Day."

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

Zoe stars in one of summer's most anticipated films, "Guardians of the Galaxy." She covers her beautiful body in bold make-up to play the green-skinned alien assassin Gamora.

The black latina actress was born Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario in Passaic, N.J., and was raised in Queens, N.Y., before moving to the Dominican Republic, where her father was born. Her mother is of Puerto Rican descent.

The star returned to the United States as a teenager and got her first big break in show business when she appeared in the 2000 film "Center Stage." She is most known for the films "Avatar" and "Star Trek."

She landed the lead role in an upcoming Nina Simone biopic, causing controversy because of her latin roots.  She told Allure magazine in 2013: "It doesn't matter how much backlash I will get for it, I will honor and respect my black community because that’s who I am."

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Kerry was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. to an African American father and Jamaican American mother. The actress has described her mother as having a mixed-race background with English, Scottish, and Native American roots.

Kerry is widely known for her leading role on the hit TV series "Scandal," for which she received several awards, including a Golden Globe. She also starred in films such as "Ray" and "Django Unchained."

During a guest hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live" in 2013 she did a sketch mocking the lack of African-American women in the comedy show's cast.

Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton

British actress Thandiwe Melanie "Thandie" Newton was born in London to an English father and Zimbabwean mother, who was a Shona princess. Newton has starred in films including "Crash," "Mission: Impossible II" and "Beloved."

According to Intermix.com, the actress once said: "I used to feel as neither white nor black, but as a bridge between both. Now I see myself as black. There is a side of me that would like to go back to how I used to feel. But then I was looking at my peers. Now I'm looking at the whole world.'

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