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Some say ‘black don’t crack’; and while this may or may not be true, it’s certainly evident that there is an abundance of black women who have managed to age beautifully and gracefully. These women, most of them without plastic surgery, have managed to sustain their youthful beauty. And besides the physical, they possess a glow that appears to shine from the inside and out.

These women are subtly fierce and demonstrate poise and grace. From the start of their careers as young girls to now seasoned women, these ladies, just like wine, seem to get better with time.


Phylicia Rashad

At age 63, Phylicia Rashad is notably known for her role as Claire Huxtable from the Cosby Show. Although she hasn’t been a Huxtable in over twenty years, she still looks just as strikingly beautiful as she did when she played the role.  A trained theater actress, she has also played LenaYounger, in the  Broadway play, A Raisin in the Sun.

Angela Bassett

Besides having a figure that women half her age would die for, 53-year old Angela Bassett is also both talented and beautiful. The Yale University Graduate, who played the role of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It among a slew of other amazing roles, has had an advancing career and seems to take it all in stride. Plus she looks good doing it.

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Maya Angelou

Seriously, what’s not to love about Ms. Maya Angelou? She is the epitome of a graceful woman who has embraced life. She has a smile that can light up a room and has shared enough wisdom to genuinely affect the lives of millions. At 84, Ms. Angelou is still full of wit, sass, elegance, and beauty, certainly holding true to the phrase ‘black don’t crack’ in more ways than one.




Somalian model, Iman is pioneer in the fashion industry. At 56-years old, she looks just as good as she did when she first graced international runways in the 1970s. The successful model, who is the face and founder of IMAN Cosmetics, broke down barriers in the fashion industry as a woman of color.


Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee and her husband Ossie Davis, were black America’s power couple. At 87 years old, the actress and playwright is now a sought after speaker and still actively engaged in the theater community. Ruby Dee was once quoted as saying, “The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity.” And she certainly exemplifies just that.


Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll got her big break when she appeared as a contestant on the television game show, “Chance of a Lifetime” in 1954. She easily became a beauty symbol, but even still, Hollywood couldn’t deny her talent as an as an actress. Now at 76, Ms. Carroll is still stunning and full of life, attending a variety of film festivals and red carpet events outshining the young’ns.



Pam Grier

Pam Grier was arguably one of the most beautiful actresses during the Blaxploitation era, rocking a bold ‘fro and all. Now at 62 years old, she may have ditched the fro but she’s still just as fierce, only a bit older. Even after revealing details of extreme drug use and falling prey to irresponsible decisions and behavior back in the day, Pam Grier has still come out on top and is now more fierce than ever.



Oprah Winfrey

Although she’s spoken publicly about her battle with weight, Oprah Winfrey is aging beautifully. She’s not afraid to try different styles, with both clothes and hair. Besides being a billion dollar woman, Oprah has a smile that can light up a room and is admired by women of all ages and races. At 58 years old, the owner of her own network, appropriately titled OWN, shows no plans of slowing down.


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