Beauty Doesn't Age—and Here Are the Iconic Women Who Prove It
Beauty truly does not age.
And while that's probably not something that will apply to you for a while, that doesn't mean you can't seek the very best beauty advice from the generations who've come before you. There are so many stars that reflect incredible beauty, both inside and out, not only reminding us of their own strength, but that all of us are worth it, too. They teach us never to doubt our beauty, and we love the powerful stories they have to tell.
Tracee Ellis Ross
You may know Tracee Ellis Ross from ABC's hit sitcom Black-ish. Not only are her humor and wit are unmatched, but she's also a beauty icon, going back all the way to her Girlfriends days. She has even created her own incredible haircare line, Pattern, made especially for Black hair and the specific needs of curly hair types. The care she has for the Black community is apparent in each and every one of her great products. The brand is available at both Sephora and Ulta.
Mary J. Blige
After Mary J. Blige's impeccable Super Bowl performance, how could we not look to her for every type of inspiration? We love that she isn't ever afraid to be herself. The "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" is often seen rocking thigh-high heeled boots, and always takes the stage like a girl boss. Her new album, Good Morning Gorgeous, also speaks to the power of vulnerability and human connection, and the true meaning of beauty, and it's made 2022 a very good year.
Screenwriter, director and Disney chief creative officer Jennifer Lee is an immense talent who's beautiful inside and out. In her youth, she relied heavily on the story of Cinderella to cope with bullying, and later in life, realized the importance of sharing that message of acceptance and love with the world. With the help of Chris Buck, she co-wrote and co-directed Disney's animated film Frozen to do just that, creating a beautiful and inspirational story for the next generation of dreamers.
Cynthia Erivo is a multi-talented actress, singer, creative and producer with a Daytime Emmy Award, a Grammy Award and a Tony Award to her name—and soon, she'll be taking on the mantle as Elphaba in the film adaptation of Wicked. And on top of all of that, she is unapologetically herself and acts as a role model to all, instilling us all with the confidence to be ourselves. We aspire to be even half as talented and gracious as Cynthia is in every walk of life.
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Naomi Campbell is another multifaceted individual, acting as a mother, actress, cultural innovator, model and activist. She has worked day and night to become one of the most recognizable names in the modeling industry over the past four decades. She started quite young in the modeling industry and has ever since used her spotlight to advocate for other Black models, demonstrating her selflessness as well as inner beauty.
Cindy Crawford is another of the biggest names in modeling history, and for good reason. She dominated the modeling scene in the '80s and '90s and continues to show how her beauty shines. She's been a clear fashion influence throughout the decades, so much so that her daughter, Kaia Gerber, is also a renowned model. She's also an entrepreneur and a businesswoman who's made her name into an impressive brand, making her woman the woman to be reckoned with.
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