#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!

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#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
1. Naomi Campbell and her mother (Valerie Morris)

Campbell is 45 years old. Her mother is 64 years old!

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
2. Gabrielle Union

Age: 43 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
3. Taraji P. Henson

Age: 45

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
4. Nia Long

Age: 45 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
5. Regina Hall

Age: 45 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
6. Marjorie Harvey

Age: 50 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
7. Angela Bassett

Age: 57 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
8. Beyonce, Solange, and their mother (Tina Knowles)

Beyonce is 34 years old, Solange is 29, and their mother is 62 years old!

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
9. Sanaa Lathan

Age: 44 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
10. Meagan Good

Age: 34 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
11. Lala Anthony

Age: 36 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
12. Brandy

Age: 37 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
13. MC Lyte

Age: 45 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
14. Tiwa Savage

Age: 36 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
15. Elise Neal

Age: 50 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
16. Nicole Murphy

Age: 48 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
17. Halle Berry

Age: 49 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
18. Tyra Banks

Age: 42 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
19. Jada Pinkett Smith and her mother (Adrienne Banfield-Jones)

Jada Pinkett Smith is 44 years old and her mother is 61 years old!

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
20. Iman

Age: 60 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
21. Alicia Keys

Age: 35 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
22. Tia and Tamera Mowry

Age: 37 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
23. Mary J. Blige

Age: 45 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
24. Kerry Washington

Age: 39 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
25. Patti Labelle

Age: 71

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
26. Keri Hilson

Age: 33 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
27. Diana Ross

Age: 71 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
28. Erykah Badu

Age: 45 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
29. Phylicia Rashad

Age: 67 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
30. Sade

Age: 57 years old

#BlackDontCrack: Our Favorite Celebs Who Prove This!
31. Cicely Tyson

Age: 91 years old

If you had to guess, how old would you say the actress below looks?

25? Maybe 30? How about 40?

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                         Well if any of those numbers were your guesses, try again!

Just over a week ago, 50 year old film and television actress, Elise Neal shocked the internet when she posted the above photo on her Instagram page. The photo immediately went viral alongside the popular hashtag and adage: blackdontcrack.

This “blackdontcrack” phenomenon was scientifically explained by beauty brand, Olay, and Harvard Medical School Dermatology professor, Dr Alexa Kimball. They set out to study the skin aging process of Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic and Asian women in their 20s to 70s. Their findings concluded that basically, African American women age much slower than women of other ethnicities.

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The study asserted:

“…that women of African-American background aged slower than women of Caucasian background as far as skin appearance was concerned. In fact, the aging process seemed to be slowed down by about 10 years. We believe this is not just due to the higher melanin content in their skin which serves as natural UV protection—although it certainly plays a role. We are now studying the exact molecular pathways in dark and light skin more closely to determine what drives this apparently slower skin aging process…

We have definitely seen that women of African-American background aged comparatively slower [that Caucasian women]. The study also revealed twice as many exceptional skin agers in this group—women who looked more than 10 years younger than their real age—than in the Caucasian study group. This does not mean women of African-American background don’t experience visible skin aging, but on average less/ later than lighter skin types.”

Hollywood, CA - February 9, 2012:  Taraji P. Henson, Lala Vazquez, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union and Regina Hall at the Los Angeles Premiere of THINK LIKE A MAN at the Arclight Cinerama Dome.
Hollywood, CA –  Taraji P. Henson, Lala Anthony, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union and Regina Hall at the Los Angeles Premiere of THINK LIKE A MAN at the Arclight Cinerama Dome.

With that, we’ve added our top list of celebrity women who have aged flawlessly! These models, singers, actresses, authors, and business women have proven that beauty doesn’t end at 30 or 40 years old! Check them out in the gallery above!

 

 

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Olivia Adubofour

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Often described as sweet, alluring, ambitious, and fearless, Olivia is your go to girl for just about anything! She is passionate about serving others, and wholeheartedly strives to bring out the best in everyone. Although currently a college student studying law, Olivia is level headed and open minded about wherever open doors may lead her in life! Her motto is simple: “Wherever I’ll be tomorrow, that’s where I’ll be!”

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