Good news for black ladies everywhere! There’s scientific evidence to show that the increased melanin in darker skin creates protection from ultraviolet rays. And if there’s less ultraviolet rays penetrating the skin, there’s less rough spots and wrinkles to bug you as you get older. That’s why these 20 black stars of stage and screen still look so incredibly young in middle age: they’re rocking the melanin. And how!
20. Viola Davis
How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis not only looks absolutely fabulous for 51, she won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at that very same age. She’s living proof that life begins, rather than ends, at 50. Indeed, when it comes to looking flawless, we don’t know how she, ahem, gets away with it!
19. Rachel True
When Rachel True of The Craft starting posting selfies on Instagram, everyone was shocked at how little she’d changed since the ’90s. True, who is 50 years old now, credits a healthy lifestyle for her good looks. We’d pay good money to know her regime secrets!
18. Victoria Rowell
Actress Victoria Rowell is 57, but you’d never guess it in a million years. Star of The Young and the Restless, she’s been working hard throughout her whole career. Luckily for her, she’s walked away without a hint of it showing on her face.
17. Marjorie Harvey
The wife of comedian Steve Harvey is pretty accomplished in her own right, not least when it comes to fashion. And when she turned 52 in October 2016, her daughter sent her a sweet message on Instagram reading, “52 never looked so good” – and she was right.
16. Suzzanne Douglas
Suzzanne Douglas used to be mistaken for singer Whitney Houston before the latter passed away in 2012. But now she’s 59, older than Houston ever was. In fact, Douglas played Houston’s mum Cissy in the TV film Whitney, but she could easily have gotten away with the lead role as the tragic singing star.
15. Wendy Williams
Famous talk show host and radio personality Wendy Williams decided to start eating more healthily as she grew older. After a weight loss regime that lasted three years, the result was an incredibly young and healthy looking 52-year-old. Her top tip? Always eat breakfast.
14. Robin Givens
When actress Robin Givens divorced boxer Mike Tyson in 1989, the media pressure on her was intense. Some people even nicknamed her “the most hated woman in America.” You’d have thought the stress would’ve prematurely aged her, but instead, the opposite happened. She’s 52 now, believe it or not.
13. Vivica A. Fox
Independence Day star Vivica A. Fox, now 52, has aged phenomenally. And while she has a penchant for dating younger men – she was 11 years older than 50 Cent when they were a couple – rarely does she actually look older than one of her boyfriends. She works out a lot and in the past has followed low-sugar and low-carb diets. So that’s how she does it!
12. LisaRaye McCoy
Single Ladies actress LisaRaye McCoy is not only a mother, she’s actually a grandmother! Her daughter gave birth to a girl in December 2016, making McCoy a granny at 50. Yet there are few people we can think of who fit the typical grandmother stereotype less.
11. Elise Neal
The online world is constantly amazed at how good Elise Neal looks at 51, and they’re right to be. The actress works hard for her great body, though, doing grueling workouts every day. She also takes vitamins to keep her skin healthy.
10. Cindy Herron
Cindy Herron of R&B girl group En Vogue was born in 1961, making her 55 years old. But she still looks fantastic! She keeps herself young and beautiful by going to the gym as often as possible and eating a well-balanced, healthy diet. Now that’s certainly something to sing about.
9. Michelle Obama
The one-time First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, now 53, hasn’t remotely let the stresses of the White House show on her face. Towards the end of her husband’s presidency, he’d noticeably aged, but she barely had. She looks radiant pretty much all of the time!
8. Jennifer Beals
Actress Jennifer Beals, who is an unbelievable 53 years old, has a very pragmatic approach to staying young. In fact, she revealed it in an interview with AOL in 2016, stating, “I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. Sex and sleep really do the job.” Fair enough!
7. Angela Robinson
Actress Angela Robinson of soap opera The Haves and the Have Nots is actually 53, but she has the face of a much younger woman. She’s used the euphemistic term “woman of a certain age” to describe herself, but it’s hard to tell what age that even is. Stunning.
6. Stacey Dash
Former Clueless star Stacey Dash is a pretty controversial figure. That’s down to her career at Fox News and her right-wing political views. But even those who dislike her have to admit, the 50-year-old actress looks remarkably good for her age.
5. Michael Michele
ER and Homicide: Life on the Street actress Michael Michele made it into Complex magazine’s “50 Hottest Biracial Women” list in 2012. At the time, she was 45 years old. Now she’s 50 and in all honesty could still make a splash on that hottie rundown.
4. Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams, the first ever African-American Miss America, now has her own beauty line, including an anti-aging lotion. And she’s the best possible advertisement for it. The actress and businesswoman is stunning at 54 but looks much younger.
3. Angela Bassett
“Even though people tell me I’m impervious to aging, I’m not,” American Horror Story actress Angela Bassett told People in July 2016. But it certainly seems like she is at times. She’s 58 years old now, but you’d never believe it.
2. Gloria Reuben
Gloria Reuben of ER, Mr Robot and Saints & Sinners is the very epitome of the phrase, “aging gracefully.” She’s a hardworking actress but doesn’t let any stress show on her face. Few people would guess that she was actually 52.
1. Halle Berry
Actress Halle Berry consistently makes it to the top of “beautiful people” lists, even as she gets older and older. Few people wear the age of 50 quite as well as she does. Indeed, all the accolades she gets for her beauty are very well-deserved. A true beauty queen.