With 2017 is coming to an end in less than 72 hours, we’ve curated a year-end wrap up with 10 women who absolutly killed it this year! Every woman on this list has affected us one way or the other this year, join us as we pay homage!
2017 would not be complete without SZA, blessing us with her amazing vocals for her highly anticipated debut album, CTRL. Solana Rowe made us all feel like we all shared the same escapades listening to songs like Love Galore and The Weeknd. SZA won Best New Artist and Best R&B/Soul Female Artist at the Soul Train Music Awards this year. The singer and songwriter toured the album and her previous works from August to December.
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2. Issa Rae
Issa Rae has gifted all of us with a show that we will never forget– Insecure. Issa Rae is the executive producer and writer of the show. Prior to Insecure, Issa’s web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl premiered on YouTube in 2011. Season 2 of Insecure opened up conversations about the black women’s experiences around cheating, going through the hoe phase, and the struggles of being an awkward black girl.
3. Solange Knowles
Solange gave us all A Seat At the Table this year as she flourished with her third studio album! With 3 plus years in the making, A Seat At the Table grounded and gave us a reminder of our crowns, empowerment, and identity! Solange Knowles won the American Express Impact Award at Billboard’s Women In Music this year! Her pioneering style has led her to be on the cover of Interview, Bust, Elle, and Teen Vogue. She embodied fearlessness and activism breaking the rules.
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4. Jessie Woo
Jessie Woo is an on-air host and writer for BET. Moving from Miami to NYC with no connections Jessie Woo built her brand via social media with now over 200k fans. She catapulted her career with parodies of growing up Haitian and dabbling in stand up’s occasionally. Her strength and determination have shown us that our dreams can come true with consistency and prayer! Here’s to 2017 Jessie!
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5. Savannah Britt
Savannah Britt is coined for making people famous, she is also known as the world’s youngest magazine publisher. Savannah is a 23-year-old PR guru who is the boss of GP & Britt Public Relations. In the entertainment and lifestyle realm, Savannah has worked with Lil Yachty, Nylon, G Herbo, Ryan Leslie, Revolt, the list goes on! Savannah puts in the work by being in the field at fashion shows, behind the lens and in front of the lens, and consulting. Her boss attitude has now lead brands to trust in her as an influencer. Savannah Britt loves educating and spreading knowledge from the industry that groomed her.
6. Nichole Lynel
Nichole Lynel came after 2017 on a mission to win! From speaking engagements to newly owning her self-titled clothing line Nichole Lynel, she is doing it all. Her fierce determination leaves thousands of women inspired daily because of her ability to spread love, connect with others, and to educate others directly at her speaking engagements. Nichole earned her seat at the table this year, we’re excited about what’s next from the trailblazer!
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Rihanna is a philanthropist rock star this year! Aside from music, Rihanna has devoted 2017 to her legacy and activism towards making a difference. For World AIDS Day, Rihanna alongside Prince Harry both took HIV test to help raise awareness for AIDS. Riri was also named 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year. Fenty Beauty has also polarized the makeup industry with 40 shades of foundation, something that hasn’t been done before. Cheers to a successful year RiRi!
8. Teyana Taylor
We couldn’t end 2017 without Teyana Taylor on our list! Teyana is serving in the fashion and fitness world. Her clothing line and fitness routine Fade2Fit has taken to the likes of many. Teyana took over fashion week this year making appearances on the runway for Alexander Wang, stealing the show at Philipp Plein fashion show. Her dance sent the internet raving and fierce strutting for the opening of The Blonds fashion show. Teyana Taylor is a 2017 fav!
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9. Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish owned this year as a comedian whose career is influenced off of Who Framed Rodger Rabbit. Tiffany Haddish deserves all the glory for the work that she has done leading up to 2017! She was apart of Def Comedy Jams 25th Anniversary and Girls Trip that grossed 138.6 million in box office sales. Tiffany made history as the first black female comedian to host SNL. What a year for leveling up Tiffany!
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10. Cardi B
Rap’s Princess Cardi B honorably deserves to be on this list. Belcalis Almanzar took 2017 by the horns staying true to who she is! Cardi was nominated for 9 awards and won 5 at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Bodak Yellow is still going strong at #3 on the Billboards, with MotorSport at #4, Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage) at #7, and No Limit (feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B) at #9. Congrats Cardi!
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