For decades, box braids have been a defining staple hairstyle for hairstylists and braid lovers. When Brandy broke on to the 90s scene in the hit TV show Moesha, her signature braids, an integral part of the sitcom, did not go unnoticed. As Black women continue to advocate for themselves by rocking their braids unapologetically in corporate spaces, here is a list of inspiring Black women who made us fall madly in love with this glorious hairdo.

Brandy Norwood

Brandy is an integral part of Black culture and history as a whole. It is impossible to go through this list without mentioning the significant impact that she has had on Black hair and natural beauty. Brandy's iconic role as Moesha, the ultimate 'girl next door,' significantly set the trend in motion that inspired many Black women to continue to embrace natural hairstyles.

Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith ("Set It Off")

The cast of Set It Off (literally) set it off when they made their appearance on the big screen. From Queen Latifah's straight back cornrows to Jada Pinkett-Smith's braided bob, these two particular hairstyles are arguably as iconic as the film itself. 

Janet Jackson

This list would be incomplete without the great and iconic Janet Jackson. While box braids were worn by Black women long before the release of Poetic Justice, Janet Jackson's spin on the timeless look undoubtedly inspired a new era of women who fell in love with the classic style.


Never one to be left off of a trendsetter conversation, Beyoncé has rocked luscious box braids throughout her career. From her days as a member of Destiny's Child to her reign as one of the world's most revered musical icons, Queen Bey has definitely left a lasting impression in the world of box braid lovers. How can we ever forget her "Say My Name" and "Formation" braided looks?

Venus and Serena Williams

This winning duo has been inspiring the braid movement for many years. At one point during their career, they wore their beaded braids to every tournament they played. If this isn't the definition of Black Girl Magic, we don't know what is!

Alicia Keys

In the early 2000s, the multi-talented, Grammy-winning singer was always sporting her unique beaded cornrows. It quickly became a part of her signature look, and many women quickly fell in love with the look as well.