15 Classy Ladies From The Hood Who Landed In Hollywood (J. Lo, Stacey Dash, Zoe Saldana, & More Women We Adore!)

Some of Hollywood's wealthiest stars didn't grow up in a house with a white picket fence and a back yard.  Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Kerry Washington are a few of many successful concrete roses who were born and raised in the hood. Although the hood may be an extremely challenging environment to grow up in,  these classy ladies still managed to make a name for themselves, and brought truth to the saying: "It doesn't matter where you come from, it matters where you're going." Get inspired by 15 sophisticated women with humble beginnings that helped to mold them into the superstars they are today.

Find out which Hollywood A-listers made their way out of the hood below.

Queen Latifah grew up in Newark, NJ.

Jada Pinkett-Smith is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.

The beautiful Kerry Washington is from the buggie down Bronx.

Zoe Saldana represents Queens, NY.

Supermodel Tyra Banks spent her younger years in Inglewood, California.

Nia Long grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Soulful songstress Jill Scott is from Philadelphia.

Jennifer Hudson grew up on the mean streets of Chi-town.

Dynamic duo Venus and Serena Williams grew up in Compton, C.A.

Jenny from the block grew up in the Bronx.

Stacey Dash is also a Bronx native.

Before Selita Ebanks became a supermodel, she was an around the way girl from Staten Island, N.Y.

Tika Sumpter is from Queens, NY.

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  • Ohhh…

    None of them are from the South.

  • Jaheim

    J.Ho Will Never Be Classy

  • saintsinno

    This article is totally misleading. It simply states the city and state that these women are from. Most of them come from educated 2 parent homes. Disturbing

  • Jody Schreiber

    How could ANY survey like this not include Whoopi Goldberg. She should be NO. 1!!!!!!

  • rocklesson86

    Most of these peeps are not from the hood. Just mention cities, but which part of the city. All cities have good and bad.

  • rocklesson86

    Werent the Huxtables from Brooklyn, NY?