Are we tired of the infamous #bowdown yet? Well, bow down, give a standing ovation, round of applause or a quick head nod to the baddest chicks in the game over 35. During the 2013 BET Awards we noticed a trend. This is no shade to the lovely ladies in their 20s and early 30s (we love y’all too!), but the 35+ crew continuously slays women 10 years their junior. Everybody can’t still look 25 when they’re 42, yet Nia Long manages to do it. To all the ladies in the place with style and grace, we pay homage. Thirty-five and older and still giving us something to look at. Effortlessly. —Bené Viera
Stacey Dash, 46
We don’t know a hotter Republican. Political commentary aside, Stacey is so bad she’ll take your man and send him home to you when she’s done. Not that anyone forgot, but Stacey Dash in KING magazine, y’all. Yes, that cover! Honey will have you giving your man a free pass so you can watch. We kid, we kid…maybe.
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Kerry Washington, 36
When Scandal’s leading lady walks in the room her beauty commands everyone’s attention. Strangers gawk at her poise. Her eloquence is like that of a 20th century socialites. Kerry exudes grace and elegance. For the moment she is Hollywood’s well-deserved “It Girl.” And this makes us proud.
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Nia Long, 42
We’ve actually exchanged playful, but real words with girlfriends over who gets to have Nia Long as a girl crush. As much as we want Nia for ourselves, we don’t want to live in a world where she isn’t everyone’s girl crush. Yes, Nia’s that bad. Since Love Jones and Best Man, Nia’s been serving flawlessness. Fully pregnant, the shorthaired goddess regally graced the cover of Ebony. There aren’t enough words for Nia’s perfection. All truth, no hype.
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Jennifer Lopez, 44
J. Lo never disappoints. Ever! Her style, body, hair, makeup and booty—cannot forget that dunk—get it right every single time. The Bronx must be proud.
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Gabrielle Union, 40
Gabrielle Union, 40 Gabby’s flawless skin and toned body is taking no prisoners, and playing no games. Her glowing skin can be attributed to her skin care regimen, but the rest is genetics. We’re sure her beau Dwayne Wade, 31, has no complaints. Look at her! Would you?
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Halle Berry, 47
“Girl why you never ready? For as long as you took you better look like Halle Berry.” Jay Z knows what’s up. Halle being fine is inarguable at this point. So let’s just talk about how good she looks pregnant, at 47. Three years shy of 50, pregnant and killing women two decades younger deserves a salute. Kim K. was slammed for her style during pregnancy. All she needed to do was have her people call Halle’s people. Halle’s been rocking maxi dresses and flip-flops during her second pregnancy, and looking red carpet fly doing it.
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Jada Pinkett-Smith, 41
We love Jada because she represents for the naturally petite chicks. Jada’s versatility keeps her winning in the style and hair department. She can rock an androgynous pantsuit or an edgy jacket with jeans and manage to ooze badass. Photo Credit: Women’s Health Mag
Erykah Badu, 42
The booty don’t lie. Erykah’s milkshake truly brings all the boys to the yard. Her youthful face, banging body and God-given talent makes the boys (and girls) go nuts. A natural Q.U.E.E.N.
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Sanaa Lathan, 41
She’s 41 still looking like Monica from Love and Basketball. Sanaa is the kind of natural beauty who doesn’t need a 32” Malaysian or globs of makeup. Whatever that “thing” is she just has it.
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Regina Hall, 42
Not only could Regina Hall play a high school student right now with her youthful looks, this beauty has mega brains. Hall earned her Master’s in journalism from NYU. She puts the “don’t crack” in black don’t crack.
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