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It’s no secret that Black women are amazing.

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We’re brilliant, create trends and can do anything we put our minds to. We’re even so dope that even when we didn’t invent colors, when we rock them, we can make you believe that we did.

So to celebrate our divine power and ability to rock the heck out a pigmented hue, here are 20 times that folks like Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Winnie Harlow, Janet Mock and more sistas owned the purple.

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1. Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Former First Lady Michelle Obama Source:Getty

2. Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow Source:Getty

3. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o Source:Getty

4. Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi Source:Getty

5. Janet Mock

6. Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls Source:Getty

7. Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Source:Getty

8. Rihanna

Rihanna Source:Courtesy Of Paper Magazine/Photography By Sebastian Faena

9. Serena Williams

Serena Williams Source:Getty

10. LaLa Anthony

LaLa Anthony Source:Getty

11. Tamron Hall

12. MJ Rodriguez



14. Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks Source:Getty

15. Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett Source:Getty

16. Iman

Iman Source:Getty

17. Lizzo

18. Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson Source:Getty

19. Gayle King

Gayle King Source:Getty

20. Viola Davis

Viola Davis Source:Getty