Young Stunners: Forty Fashionistas Under Forty

Young Stunners: Forty Fashionistas Under Forty
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 18, 2011

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Besties, Lala Vazquez, Kelly Rowland and Serena Williams are not only friends in deed – they are friends in chic!

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Nicole, who was once the bad-girl of fashion, has made a dramatic transformation into a high-class fashionista.

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After appearing on ’America’s Next Top Model,’ Yaya has made a name for herself as a talented actress and head-turning fashionista.

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Talk about stepping your game up! This ballers’ wife lands on this list for her parade flirty skirts, sexy dresses and mile high heels.

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Love her or not, you are definitely watching this young MC’s every daring move. We are hooked on her fearless style choices and love that she is comfortable being her true self.

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Zoe takes after her superstar parents in terms of her talent, but is in a league of her own when it comes to fashion.

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This Grammy-award winning style maven always looks great. Her signature cropped coif is one of her style staples that we totally love.

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At 25, Raven Symone has been in the game longer than most of her peers. She isn’t afraid to break a few fashion rules and we love her unique style.

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In jeans and heels or glam gowns and diamonds Zoe Saldana looks flawless. We applaud her uncanny ability to wear the simplest or most complex pieces with efffortless chic.

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Her soulful style has made her one of the most loved fashionistas of this generation. We love her recent hair change too- natural, beautiful, and FIERCE!

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Rose stretched her fifteen minutes of fame with one key charecteristic: she looks fierce in any fashions! We love watching her transform from a tomboy in leggings and sneaks into a sultry siren in sexy minis!

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Toccara’s style is big and bold and we love her for it! As an ESSENCE contributing fashion editor, we truly trust Toccara knows what’s next, now.

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Since launching her solo career, we can’t take our eyes off LeToya Luckett. She is a star in her own right and a winning fashionista.

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Recently Marsha debuted a slimmer figure and new, cutting-edge look at her album release party. We love her new look and can’t wait to see more from this soulful songstress.

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We love our girl Rih Rih! Her brazen fashion choices and ever-changing hairstyles always keep us on our toes.

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Kerry’s glamorous and feminine style and perfect, pouty grin make her one of our favorite style icons.

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This colorblocked, form-fitting, neon dress is evidence of Leona’s go-there attitude when it comes to fashion.

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Even when she’s dressed down, Kelly knows how to flawlessly put together a winning look.

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From ethnic animal prints to edgy rocker-chic leather, Keri leads the pack in her fashion choices and we love her every move.

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Janelle is in a fashion league of her own. She has made her trademark tuxedo and pompadour a stylish, standout staple.

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As evidenced by her bright, V-neck dress and wild animal print sneakers, Gabourey loves to experiment with fashion.

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Beyonce can do no wrong in our eyes. From her extravagant on-stage costumes to her fabulous casual day-to-day attire, she is always FIERCE!

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Even glammed up on the red carpet, these an effortless “Girl Next Door” quality about Gabrielle Union which makes her style fun and approachable – and lands her on this fashionable list.

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We love Estelle’s simple, yet elegant, fashion choices.

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Our favorite top model, Eva Marcille is also on top of her game when it comes to fashion and style.

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When we think of eve, we think of someone who has always been ready to turn heads, which she does in these fun, bright booties.

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Corrinne’s fashion motto has always been, “keep it simple.” Her style is always clean and fresh, and we love her beautiful, pared down aura.

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This turquoise dress paired with nude shoes is only one of many examples of Tatyana’s elegant style choices.

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This bright and ornate tube dress is evidence that Ashanti truly knows how to step out in style.

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Ciara’s fashion sense is daring and true to her edgy taste in dance and music. Whether in short shorts, or midriff baring tops, she loves to show off her hot body and we’re not mad at that!

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Just one look at this slim-fitting cutout dress and those bright green nails and it’s easy to see that Christina Milian is definitely a woman of style.

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Look at those shoes! Anyone with the bravery to step out in those sky-high stilettos must be a true trendsetter. Angela has channeled her love of shoes into her own shoe line, Pastry Footwear.

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Solange is the epitome of boho-chic. She constantly pushes the fashion envelope and we love her bold, boho sense of style.

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You’d have to be living under a rock not to have noticed Jennifer’s amazing style transformation. Along with a hot, new body, she also garnered a fabulous, new sense of fashion.

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All of that tennis practice has morphed Serena into one of the best bodies in her generation. She plays up her well-toned physique in form-fitting fashions on and off the court which we love.

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With a name like Chanel Iman, it’s easy to become a lover of world-class fashion. At only 20 years old, Chanel Iman has done just that.

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Megan Good is one of our favorite fashionistas because she loves to show off her hot figure and looks good doing it.

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Amber’s red carpet choices are always exquisite! She loves to accentuate her curves and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this talented and stylish starlet.

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Brandy has been a mainstay on the fashion circuit since her debut at the young age of 15. Her fashion sense has matured and her style stands above the rest.

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This Harvard educated actress is definitely brilliant when it comes to fashion. She remixes this feminine frock with a bad-girl touch by adding a leather jacket. Love it!

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Lately, the “True Blood” actress has been channeling true style with bold picks on the red carpet. We are keeping an eye on this budding fashionista – and so should you!

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Sleek, sexy and chic is Selita Ebanks’ mode of operation on the red carpet. We can always count on her for a flirty mini and sky high heels.

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No wonder she looks good in clothes! Swimsuit model, Jessica White serves body in this tomato red bikini. Her signature red carpet ensembles are equally fiery and sexy.

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