The survey of over 1,000 African-Caribbean women by fruity cocktail Caribbean Twist saw Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes beat women such as Naomi Campbell and Moira Stewart to steal first place in results.
Doreen Lawrence and Gee Verona Walker who have both tirelessly fought for justice over the racist deaths of their sons Stephen and Anthony both make the top ten, coming in second and third respectively.
Music favourites Corinne Bailey Rae (10%), Jamelia (1%) and Dame Shirley Bassey (3%) also make the top ten for their contributions to music, while controversial supermodel Naomi Campbell has strutted her way into the top ten with 4% of the votes.
According to the Caribbean Twist poll, the top ten aspirational black British women of past five years are:
Dame Kelly Holmes – Double Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes won the 1500m and 800m at the 2004 Olympic games – 22%
Doreen Lawrence – has been awarded an OBE for services to community relations nearly 10 years after the murder of her son Stephen – 17%
Gee Verona Walker – a courageous woman who forgave the killers of her son Anthony – 14.5%
Moira Stewart – the first ever black newsreader who has also been awarded an OBE – 13.5%
Corinne Bailey Rae – the 27 year old singer took two MOBO awards at this years ceremony – 10%
Zadie Smith – award winning author who has been writing since the age of six – 8%
Baroness Valerie Amos – the first ever black cabinet minister and joint first black women peer and recently appointed leader of the House of Lords – 7%
Naomi Campbell – Supermodel and entrepreneur who was the first ever black woman to appear on the front cover of American Vogue – 4%
Dame Shirley Bassey – The original diva who has sung three different James Bond film soundtracks and has been performing since 1955- 3%
Jamelia – the British R&B star who took out time to have children has championed against women dieting to quickly after giving birth – 1%
Mia Morris founder and owner of www.black-history-month.co.uk comments: “It is so positive to see that African Caribbean women’s contribution to British life in all stratas has been recognised. Black History Month is our opportunity to highlight the continuous, sustainable and historical contribution that we have made throughout history in Britain.”