Women of color have always been known to age gracefully. A saying in the African American community is “black don’t crack” which means as women of color age they tend to look younger and their skin more radiant. I can go on for days with a list of women who look absolutely incredible for their age including celebrities, family members, and friends but here are the three I’ve chosen.
First, on my list is Vanessa Williams. At age 54 she is doing the darn thing. The first African American woman to win the Miss America title has enjoyed a successful career on Broadway, television and films since the 80’s. With roles on shows like Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives and on stage in the production The Trip to Bountiful, Williams has long shown her versatility as a performer in the industry. She is currently seen on the new VH1 show “Daytime Divas” a show adapted from the same-titled book written by Star Jones. Williams also launched her own clothing line, V. by Vanessa Williams in 2016 and is getting back to her roots putting out new music for longtime fans soon.
Halle Berry is another one of my choices. We’ve watched her grow personally and professionally over the past few decades from a young star in Hollywood to become the first black actress to win an Academy Award as Best Actress in a Leading Role for the movie Monster’s Ball. Berry who is now 50 but looks every bit of 30 shares beautiful and meaningful photos on her Instagram page; giving fans the inspiration to know that with age comes a newfound sense of selfworth and wisdom. The mother of two will star in the new film “Kidnap” slated for a late summer release.
Then there’s Angela Bassett. The Yale School of Drama alum has given audiences in-depth portrayals of characters such as Tina Turner in the movie “What’s Love Got to Do With It” for years. Where performances on both the big and small screen have earned her many award nominations and wins including a Golden Globe. Basset is more than a beautiful actress as she recently teamed up with dermatologist Dr. Barbara Sturm for a new cosmetic line “Skin of Color” for women of color. It features luxury skin products for women with deeper skin tones who are often more prone to issues such as inflammation and hyperpigmentation than other skin types, something Bassett noticed was lacking in the cosmetic field especially after having been in the entertainment field for more than a couple of decades. The skin care line was released in July of 2016 and is exclusively sold in Harrod’s a luxury retail store. Who wouldn’t want to look this great at the age of 58!
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Fashion Contributor Shadana Miranda Chaney is a stylist and fashion designer in Houston, TX. She is the founder and creative director of Miranda Chaney LLC a design and styling company. Originally from New Orleans, La., she is now making her mark in Houston. Shadana believes in inspiring and empowering other women to be great through fashion.
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