Forty Fashionistas Over Forty

Forty Fashionistas Over Forty
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 25, 2011

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Legendary model Pat Cleveland looks nothing like the 67 she is meant to be. The gorgeous beauty still walks the runways, like last year’s Haiti relief runway show.

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Regina King style is all about playing up her toned physique. We love her in signature body baring mini’s like this white hot version.

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Her style, like her brand of journalism, may not be to everyone’s taste, but it sure is eye catching! Wendy always goes for the bold with big hair, bright lips and sexy dresses like this.

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Vanessa Williams knows how to play up her best characteristic: sex appeal. To that end, plunging necklines, sparkling sequins and skin-tight silhouettes are always in order!

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The award winning actress plays the role of fashionista best with simple shapes and pops of bold color, as seen in this ensemble.

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Aunt Viv knows a lot of things, and one of those is keeping things haute on the red carpet. Case in point: this one shouldered red hot dress worn to a recent party.

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Star Jones is blessed with a strong sense of style to go along with her strong personality. Both are currently on full display on the television series, “The Apprentice.”

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Sherri Shepard is as sweet as she is stylish in figure flattering looks like this Carmen Marc Valvo gown.

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Queen Latifah wows us for her effortless ability to blend her tomboy-ish persona with a glam queen wardrobe for flawless results on the red carpet.

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We love Shaun Robinson’s beautiful smile and equally beautiful style. They both dazzle and shine!

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Want lux, lavish, over-the-top glamour? Then you want the legendary Miss Patti! Labelle’s talent for crafting an eye-catching wardrobe is second only to that powerful voice.

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Forty has never looked as good as it does on Nicole Ari Parker. To play up her naturally good looks, the actress opts for simple, chic dresses like this LBD.

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From blond hair to her energetic persona Miss Nene Leakes is always youthful, but when it comes to her fashions’ Leakes stays grown woman sexy with va-va-voom outfits like these.

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Niecy Nash is one of the best comics out there, but there is nothing funny about her red carpet ensembles, like this figure flattering sequined stunner.

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From glam gowns fror state dinners to casual chic ensembles, like this, for public appearances, our First Lady is always first in style.

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She’s shed a few pounds, but still kept her cute curves which Mo’Nique now flaunts in sultry dresses with high hemlines and plunging necklines, like this one.

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When you look this good – anything will look good on you too. But Naomi still takes no short cuts and serves up outfits as fierce as her strut on the catwalk.

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Mary is Queen not just of R&B, but of the red carpet. The iconic diva always serves up a strong dose of glam style whenever she hits the scene.

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The lady in white is always a vision in any color. LisaRaye’s chic ensembles remain as effervescent as her good looks!

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Whitfield can do no wrong – especially when it comes to style. We love her grand fashion gestures such as the strong shoulders and dramatic collar on this black ensemble.

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The elegant beauty continues to command the runways as host of Bravo’s “The Fashion Show” and the red carpet as one of the best dressed women in town.

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Lisa Bonet has always marched to the beat of her own drum. Luckily that drum plays a very eclectic chic boho beat, which Bonet has become known for.

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Legendary is almost to enough to describe Grace Jones who climbed to fame for her striking looks, singing talent and wardrobe as elegant and eclectic as she is!

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Angela Basset passed 40 years of age 12 years ago – but we still can’t tell. The ever young actress with the amazingly fit physique looks great with signature sleeveless dresses like this which play up her toned body.

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Mommy, model and marvelous fashionista are the best ways to describe Beauvais. The recent divorcee proves looking good is the best revenge with casual and dressy looks that play up her sexy!

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Kahn is a performer who understands the power of fashion! The iconic singer uses custom couture creations, like this, to emphasize her shapely figure and her dynamic personality.

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She’s not just Oprah’s best friend, King is one of our best dressed! This ‘woman-of-a-certain-age’ keeps things sleek and chic with a series of womanly dresses like this roaring red version.

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What becomes a legend most? Luxuriously long, flowing locks and an effortlessly glam wardrobe like Miss Diana Ross.

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Mommy-to-be-Mariah Carey flaunts her pre-baby bod in this photo. But pregnant or not, we’ve come to love Ms. Carey for her brand of hyper feminine sultry style.

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The older the Berry, the better the style! This is the only way we can describe the 44 year old beauties ever improving wardrobe. From glam turns on the red carpet to rugged chic ones off of it – she always wows us.

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The talented Ms. Jackson can add fierce fashionista to her list of attributes. She makes us proud with every public appearance, including this most recent one featuring a structured coat and sky-high Louboutin boots.

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We love us some Taraji P. Henson on the silver screen. Off of it, we remain enchanted with the actress – especially when it comes to her sassy/sultry outfits like this edgy combination here.

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Journalists are not noted for their fashion sense, but the always chic and stylish Soledad O’Brien is front and center when it comes to her red carpet appearances.

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There’s nothing wrong about Ms. Nia Long. The flawless beauty hardly needs any embellishment to stand out on the red carpet, but she still goes for the gold with subtle, feminine frocks like this.

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Cicely Tyson seems to only get more stylish with age. This uber-chic fur trimmed ensemble is just one of many fierce looks she’s been spotted in of late.

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