Actress Terri J. Vaughn, who most people may know as the hilariously hood Lovita Alize Jenkins from the ’90s comedy The Steve Harvey Show, is doing a lot more work behind the scenes these days. She’s also aging quite gracefully, as the beauty turned 50 years old earlier this month. Yes, you read that correctly. To celebrate turning the big 5-0, Terri stripped down to her underwear, chopped off her hair and showed off her abs on Instagram, to the shock and awe of her followers.
While visiting Sister Circle recently, she admitted that she did it to show the 20-year-olds a thing or two — namely that she’s still got it.
“I was turning 50 and I didn’t know what I wanted to do for my birthday,” she said. “Literally, everything was so last minute. Two days before my actual birthday, I called our friend Derek J and I was like, ‘Derek, I’m cutting my hair. I want my hair cut, and I want a photo shoot on my birthday.’ Cause he was like, ‘OK, we’ll plan the photo shoot.’ I was like, ‘Nope, it has to be in two days, on my birthday.’ I don’t know, I just wanted to live. I just wanted to show my abs. I don’t know! I don’t know what I was thinking!”
Whatever she was thinking, everyone loved it, and Terri was able to turn heads and show gratitude for all the great things she’s experienced in her first half century of life.
“I have grown so much as a human, a woman, a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur and an artist,” she wrote. “I’ve starred on a few TV series, I’ve produced many movies, I’ve directed several movies. I’ve been married, divorced and married again. I’ve given birth to 3 fantastic healthy children. I’ve awaken every day to be the best I can be. And it’s all lead [sic] me to this day and I have so much more to do!”
Check out Terri talking about choosing to strip down for her birthday, and what she has coming up next behind the camera: