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Sexiest Black Women Over 40

The Golden Age of the Mature Diva
from Blackvoices.com

Star Jones took solace in Dwyane Wade on the heels of her breakup with Al. Usher and Tameka love across a significant gap in years. Does Mr. Raymond have a mother complex, or is he onto something? From Whitney and Ray J., to Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, it seems like this is the age of the older, super-sexy woman.

For decades, older women had been automatically shut out of the field of being considered attractive, one of the most sexist ideas of all. The old perception that a woman over 40 is not as attractive as a woman under 30 has now changed forever. The women in this gallery helped break down the age barrier by taking care of themselves, creating their own power in the world and staying sexy to the public and themselves. An older woman knows what she wants, she has something to teach and she keeps herself looking so good that she makes young boys cry. The women on this list are beautiful, smart, stylish and accomplished. May they ripen lusciously for many years to come, showing the young girls how it's done. These are Black Voices' 20 Sexiest Black Women Over Forty.

20. Victoria Rowell
This actress and author does not look a day over thirty, although she is actually 49 stunning years of age. Most famous for playing the beloved character Drucilla Barber on 'The Young and the Restless,' this beauty also has brains. Rowell recently penned the memoir 'The Women Who Raised Me' about her experience in foster care.

19. Iman
Millionaire model and entrepreneur Iman remains seductive and glamorous at 52. A pioneer as an African fashion icon, Iman carries the torch today by speaking out for equality for newer black models. She's got her game on lock, and nothing is more sexy than power.

18. Holly Robinson Peete
Actress, singer and author Holly Robinson Peete charmed her way into our hearts on '21 Jump Street' in 1987, and we have been in love ever since. A married mother of four involved in many creative projects, at 43 Holly looks as pretty as she did while playing a teen on TV.

17. Natalie Cole
At 58, Cole still has that sultry aura of a torch song singer and all the cool that she inherited from her father Nat. This eight-time Grammy Award winner is as forthright as she is beautiful, having revealed her struggles with drugs and her eventual triumph in her 2000 autobiography 'Angel on My Shoulder.'

16. Sade
Singer Sade has been beloved for her intoxicating voice and elegant style for many years. A child of two continents, her background lent an exotic ambiance to songs like 'Smooth Operator' and 'Sweetest Taboo,' making them totally authentic -- and incredibly sexy. At 49, she's still got it.

15. Jennifer Beals
If anyone has ever danced their way into our hearts, it is actress Jennifer Beals. Okay, so maybe that wasn't her dancing in '80s uber-hit 'Flashdance,' but she still looked as amazing in cut-off sweat shirts and tights as any dancer. Currently the star of the lesbian-themed drama 'The L Word,' at 44 Beals is making heads turn at the height of her career.

14. Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon
This Haitian-American bombshell came into national prominence as Francesca Monroe on 'The Jamie Foxx Show.' She gained sex icon status by posing nude for the August 2007 issue of Playboy. Now a married mother of twins, at 41 she is still the business.

13. Chante Moore
Chante Moore is a lovely song bird, and a delicate flower. Her melodious voice is synonymous with female love and beauty for many fans who grew up with hits like 'Love's Taken Over' and 'I'm What You Need.' Still sexy at 41, can any of today's pop starlets compete with her looks AND her five-octave vocal range? I didn't think so.

12. Vanessa A. Williams
Cutie Vanessa A. Williams is 45, and still rocking it. A favorite actress with two hit series under her belt, 'Melrose Place' and 'Soul Food: The Series,' Vanessa continues to shine as a film producer. Her bright, beautiful energy is here to stay.

11. Tracey Edmonds
A Stanford University graduate who is currently the President and CEO of Edmonds Entertainment Group, Tracey is much, much more than an incredibly pretty face. The producer of 14 films and TV shows, at 41 Tracey is as accomplished as she is desirable.

10. LisaRaye McCoy-Misick
In 2001, LisaRaye was voted The Sexiest Woman of the Year by the readers of Black Men magazine. At 40 in 2008, she is still on the short list of amazing sexies. Playing Diana "Diamond" Armstrong in the 1998 film 'The Players Club' may have cemented her spot as one of the sexiest women of all time.

9. Michelle Obama
US magazine recently gave the hottest couple in politics their cover, emblazoned with the headline 'Why He Loves Her.' Apparently featuring Michelle paid off, as sales of the issue outpaced those for usual tabloid offerings like Jessica Simpson and Heidi Montag. At 44, it seems that America agrees: Mrs. Obama is hotter than July.

8. Janet Jackson
This siren of screen and song is getting ready to parlay her sex appeal into fashion. About to launch her own lingerie line, Janet Jackson shows that a woman can be provocative and in control at any age. At 42, she has it going on and still flaunts it.

7. Elise Neal
This classy honey has been acting successfully since her appearance in the 1992 film 'Malcom X.' A favorite starlet of the men's mags, she graced the cover of King in November of 2007. She's cute, perky, fun, unique and many grovel at her feet. Can you believe she's 42?

6. Toni Braxton
A songstress whose voice is much more than pop, Toni Braxton has been blessing our ears with gracious sounds since the '90s. Add to that a banging body and confident sense of self at 40 years of age, and you have not an older woman, but a timeless beauty.

5. Vanessa L. Williams
Vanessa L. Williams is known for those lewd pictures that appeared in Playboy, and an astounding career comeback from that moment of disgrace. Retaining that beauty and vigor that won her the Miss America crown in the first place, at 45 we almost forget she ever lost it.

4. Sally Richardson
Actress Sally Richardson may not be a household name, but she has caught the eye of many male admirers during her long career in Hollywood. While she co-starred with Will Smith in 2007's 'I Am Legend,' you can look out for her in the film 'Black Dynamite' later this year. I am sure this 40-year-old hot mother (literally) will keep heads turning until then.

3. Stacey Dash
Dash is growing into quite a sex symbol the more she matures. In 2004, she made an appearance in a Kanye West video, and she posed for Playboy at 40 in 2006. Her recent appearance on the cover of King magazine resulted in an uproar of praise for Dash's beauty. Now 42, Stacey shows her youthful shape on the reality TV series 'Celebrity Circus.' Work that trapese, girl!

2. Halle Berry
Halle Berry has been on so many "beautiful people" lists that it seems redundant to add her here -- it's like stating the obvious. Still, we cannot deny that this new mom still has that mysterious "it" factor at 41 years of age. I can see much younger men continuing to worship Halle for many more years into her career.

1. Angela Bassett
Low-key and lovely, this outstanding actress has chiseled arms and perfect features. With those lips and that hair, it's hard to believe she's 49. But this wonderful wife and mother also has a perfected soul, which she expresses as an ambassador of UNICEF. Looks, achievement and a humble, compassionate nature make Angela Bassett one of today's most riveting women.


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Jul. 17th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
More lightening?
Some of those pics look like they were retouched to make the ladies lighter. That's unnecessary. Let the dark sisters be dark and lovely.

And, I loved Dru but Victoria Rowell has been looking her age for a few years now. She doesn't look bad, and I'm glad she's not Botoxing, but she certainly doesn't look 30.
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Re: More lightening?
Miss Dash's skin looks strange.
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Can't anybody look good at forty? It's weird that people act so surprised that people can look good at that age. Now if they did a sexiest black women over 70, then that would give me a reason to applaud.
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, maybe that would be weird...scratch that!
(no subject) - toodani - Jul. 18th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Surprised that Lisa Raye, Stacy Dash, & Garcelle are 40? Hmmm. I always thought they were younger than I was.

How much weave you think they are using b/t the 19 of them (Vanessa Williams is natural)
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re: hmmmmm
How much weave you think they are using b/t the 19 of them (Vanessa Williams is natural)

which one? lol.
Re: hmmmmm - stilllove - Jul. 17th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
I guess because BlackVoices wanted the list to be discussed at length, they went with famous women, but Essence has the best sexiest black women over 40 list there is because they are every day sistas.
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Victoria Rowell is 49?????
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
I'm sayin'. That can't be right.
(no subject) - deedee_dancer - Jul. 17th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - lindito - Jul. 17th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmmmmm......how about?

Gina Ravera from Soul Food and The Closer

Theresa Randle - King of New York and Girl 6

Kim Coles - Living Single (what can I say, thick is sexy to me)

:::double-take::: Iman is 52?!?!?!?! When did that happen?

Edited at 2008-07-17 03:04 pm (UTC)
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
i always knew iman was older. she was 45 or so when she had her last kid. i remember being really concerned about that.
(no subject) - rubberheadz_inc - Jul. 17th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
I didn't know half these people on this list were over 40.

I quote Herbert from Family Guy...."Mmmmmmmmm....."
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Now why am I not on that list? ;)

Iman, always, for me.
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(no subject) - kits_meow - Jul. 17th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
:::double-take::: Iman is 52?!?!?!?! When did that happen?

Around the time Rudy Huxtable got damn near 30, which is making my head just ACHE.

Edited at 2008-07-17 03:35 pm (UTC)
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
I am so glad Halle Berry was not number one.
Jul. 17th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
agreed. She shouldn't even be in the top 5, she really isn't that hot. Overrated beauty I tell you.
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(no subject) - rubberheadz_inc - Jul. 18th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Beals is Black this week.

Halle must be proud.
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
well, in 20 months or so mariah carey is also 40.

let's see if she'll be on the list.

[hold on, if mariah carey is almost 40 that means i am too. um.]
(no subject) - rubberheadz_inc - Jul. 17th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Elise Neal and Toni Braxton ahead of Michelle Obama? Fuck this list.
Jul. 18th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the order is whack.
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
i didn't know dark vanessa was that old. i like her better than light vanessa any day of the week.

Does Mr. Raymond have a mother complex, or is he onto something?

this sentence made me smirk. my best friend's father's last name is raymond. his first three wives were indeed older than him, but his current wife is the same age.

Jul. 17th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Please put the pipe down and back away...
D Wade is not fucking Star Jones.
Jul. 17th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
I should be on that list, next birthday I'm 49.
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