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Beyoncé's visual album "Lemonade" has a cast of women who are just as fierce as Queen Bey herself.

Among them are an athlete, a model, actresses, and mothers who've been worked to end protest police brutality after losing their own sons.

Most of the women have been "subjected to harsh criticism directly related to their blackness," Teen Vogue pointed out.

And they're all part of an important body of work that Beyoncé hopes will make people feel "proud of their struggle," the artist told Elle earlier this month.

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Here are the outstanding women who appear in Beyoncé's "Lemonade."

Zendaya

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Zendaya is a singer, model, and actress who has appeared on shows including "Shake It Up," "Good Luck Charlie" and "Dancing with the Stars."

Last year, the 19-year-old did an interview with Complex in which she talked about being biracial, and how "it's really hard to see colour" because she's "the gray area."

The comments generated criticism on Twitter, but Zendaya didn't stand for it. She told her critics to read the article "before takin' pieces and makin' up the rest."

Chloe x Halle — Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey

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Chloe x Halle are signees to Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment label. They've seen YouTube success for years, but their fame reached new heights after they introduced a South by Southwest (SXSW) panel featuring Michelle Obama.

Ibeyi — Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz

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Beyoncé introduced French-Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz to the world after she posted a video of herself with their song "River" playing in the background on Instagram last year.

Now, the twins appear in "Lemonade" in one surreal sequence.

Amandla Stenberg

In 2015, actress Amandla Stenberg made waves with a video she created for a history class about appropriating black culture.

She later called out Kylie Jenner for sporting cornrows and not calling attention to issues such as racism or police brutality.

Serena Williams

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Tennis legend Serena Williams racked up a record of 53 wins and three losses in 2015, winning three Grand Slam titles along the way — and yet, she was beaten by a horse in voting for Sports Illustrated's 2015 Sportsperson of the Year.

But Williams was given the title despite the vote, and capped off the year with a fierce cover photo for the magazine.

In "Lemonade," she dances her way through "Sorry" and sits with Queen Bey — imagery that was a clear nod to her SI cover.

Sybrina Fulton

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Sybrina Fulton has been an outspoken activist against police brutality after her son, Trayvon Martin, was fatally shot by neighbourhood watch captain George Zimmerman in 2012.

Fulton went on to establish The Trayvon Martin Foundation, an organization that supports the families of children who have been killed by gun violence.

Lesley McSpadden

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Lesley McSpadden's son Michael Brown was unarmed when he was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. in 2014.

Wilson was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting.

McSpadden has since spoken out on issues such as gun violence and the criminal justice system, joining with the mothers of Trayvon Martin and parents of other victims who have died in police custody or been shot dead.

Gwen Carr

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Like Sybrina Fulton and Lesley McSpadden, Gwen Carr became an activist in the wake of her son's death.

Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York, after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in an apparent chokehold while Garner was selling cigarettes on the street.

The civilian repeatedly told officers at the scene he couldn't breathe before he went into cardiac arrest. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

His mother has since attended protests and openly criticized the decision not to indict Pantaleo.

Quvenzhané Wallis

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Quvenzhané Wallis first touched audiences as the star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," the 2012 film about residents of a Louisiana bayou community.

Since then, she has starred in films such as "12 Years a Slave" and "Annie".

In 2014, Wallis also became the first child celebrity to be named as the face of a luxury brand when she was chosen to represent Armani Junior.

Winnie Harlow

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Canadian model Winnie Harlow has come a long way from her appearance on "America's Next Top Model" in 2014. Since then, the 21-year-old has fronted campaigns for brands such as Diesel and Desigual.

Harlow also gave a TEDx talk to speak about her experience with vitiligo, a condition that causes a person to lose their pigment in certain areas of their skin.

Tina Knowles Lawson

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Tina Knowles Lawson has played a key role in her daughter Beyoncé's career, serving as her stylist and clothing designer.

The mother-daughter duo has launched a clothing line together called House of Deréon, as well as a cosmetology centre to help patients at an addiction treatment centre in Brooklyn advance their careers.

Blue Ivy

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Beyoncé's daughter appeared in the video for "Formation" when it was released in February. She also makes additional appearances in "Lemonade," includes shots of her with Beyoncé's father, Mathew Knowles, and clips of the 4-year-old playing with her mom and dad.

Hattie White

Jay Z's grandmother appears in a key moment of "Lemonade." She is heard in voiceover making a speech at her 90th birthday party, in which she said, "I was served lemons, but I made lemonade" — a quip largely believed to be the inspiration for Beyoncé's album title.

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