Black women are taking the world by storm. In music, movies, fashion, activism, and moreover, the world is seeing their dynamic diversity in all forms and fields. Though, I could create a list that could go on forever, here are my Top 5 Black Women to Watch in 2015.
When she isn’t teaching people how to pronounce her name, Quvenzhané is taking Hollywood and the fashion world by storm. As the youngest actress ever to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role as Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” she reentered our hearts again in 2014, in the remake of Annie. I couldn’t help but get all sorts of joy and butterflies—and maybe seeing a small reflection of myself—as this pint-sized dynamo stirred up much controversy as the first Black Annie. Recently, she was named the new face of Armani Junior, Giorgio Armani’s line for children. And she has another film set to release this year. I have a feeling that we’re just seeing the beginning of Miss Wallis. Follow her on twitter.
The Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black” made Laverne Cox a household name. And her résumé continues to grow as she graces countless magazines covers, music videos, and red carpets. She’s the first openly transperson to be on the cover of “Time” magazine and to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category. Last month, I had the great pleasure of hearing Ms. Cox give her lecture “Ain’t I a Woman,” where she talks about her journey to womanhood and self-love. Laverne continues to make waves in the most fabulous of ways for the trans community and the world as she shows us what love for self and others looks like. Follow her on twitter.
There aren’t enough words to truly convey the impact Ava DuVernay has had on me in the short amount of time that I have known about her. DuVernay started the year by bringing the world one of the most important films of our generation, “Selma.” As a Black woman filmmaker who fearlessly and unapologetically tells a story, her beautiful creation landed her a Golden Globe nomination for best director and an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Thus, making DuVerynay the first Black female director to do so in both categories. I’m glad that I found her, and will be watching her closely in 2015. Follow her on twitter.
In 2008, Dunn made history as the first Black model to walk a Prada show in over 10 years and remains one of the few Black faces in the high fashion industry. Already in 2015, Dunn has walked the men’s runway show for Moschino and appeared on the cover of “Vogue UK,” being the first Black model in a solo cover since Naomi Campbell. When she isn’t modeling on runways or magazine covers, you can see her letting loose in Beyoncé’s music video. Talk about power, beauty, and sisterhood! Dunn is just beginning to become a well-known face and name. 2015 will be a year to watch her fabulousness grow. Follow her on twitter.
An author and the host of her own show, Janet Mock made a powerful introduction to the world with her book “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.” Her journey of self-discovery and coming of age as a transgirl-to-woman is written so beautifully and intensely. It’s a must-read for 2015, and Mock’s new series “So POPular with Janet Mock” opens the door for deep discussion and exploration of pop culture. She truly redefines realness—what it means to be woman, human, and librated. I can’t wait to see what more she has in store for us this year. Follow her on twitter.
Did we leave anyone off the list? Let us know which Black women to watch this year!