Source: ANGELA WEISS / Getty


We’ve all heard the saying that popular saying “Black don’t crack,” but a recent study found that cultural myth is an actual fact!

According to a report published in JAMA Facial Plastics in April, researchers found that because our bones are denser and don’t break as easy compared to white people, our faces have better structural support for longer. Translation: We have more youthful-looking skin for longer.

This is why we can be 40-years-old and look like we just got out of college!

So to celebrate this science (and our infinite magic), from Angela Bassett to Sade to Gabrielle Union, here are 31 famous sistas that continue to prove that are truly youthful magic regardless of our age.

Black Don’t Crack! 31 Celebs Who Never Seem To Age  was originally published on

1. Angela Bassett: Age 61


“The Mission Impossible” star has set the bar high on what to look achieve when reach your 60s. Maybe it’s her genes, workout routine or her amazing skin care line, what we know for sure is that Ms. Angela is not playing with y’all.

3. Nicole Murphy: Age 50


The model and fitness guru is literally a unicorn. After five kids, she still looks absolutely amazing! Just think: She turned the big 5-0 earlier this year. You go girl!

4. Viola Davis: Age 52


For Viola, perhaps all the winning she’s been doing over the years–an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, SAG and Golden Globe Award–is keeping her mad young. Whatever the case, she’s never looked more vibrant in her career!

5. Kerry Washington: Age 41


No lie: Ms. Pope looks as fly and etherial as she did when she starred in “Saved The Last Dance.” Could her happiness, family and all that Neutrogena be behind it all? Whatever it is, we’re here for it!

6. Gabrielle Union: Age 45

View this post on Instagram

She Ready... #NPGala

A post shared by Gabrielle Union-Wade (@gabunion) on


From “Bring It On” to “Being Mary Jane,” Gabrielle Union has been fly, fit and fierce. If this is her 45, what will her 60 bring her? We can’t wait to find out.

7. Bianca Lawson: Age 39

View this post on Instagram

Love the sign above my head.. #myblackisbeautiful 😍

A post shared by Bianca Lawson (@biancajasminelawson) on


Queen Bey’s stepsister is one of the youngest on our list–and for good reason. For the past 20-pus years, she’s been playing teenage girls on multiple shows, including “Pretty Little Liars” where her character was in HIGH SCHOOL. Slay!

8. Sade: Age 59

View this post on Instagram

😍😍😍#SADE #Top #😍😍😍

A post shared by hoyaroc357 (@hoyaroc357) on


It should be a crime to be almost 60 and look this amazing! Even her voice doesn’t age. Talk about an accomplishment. We say: Bring on that new album Sade. We’re ready.

9. Nia Long: Age 47

View this post on Instagram

Goodnight 😘

A post shared by Nia Long (@iamnialong) on


Ever since she starred in 90s classics “Friday” and “Love Jones,” Nia Long has been the ultimate stunna. And even as she nears her 50s, there still isn’t a wrinkle in sight. She thanks 30 years of getting facials, eye creme and good genes.

10. Sanaa Lathan: Age 46


While we don’t know if the “Nappily Ever After” actress is the one that actually bit Beyonce, what’s not up for debate is how amazing Sanaa looks. She slays all day, everyday and believes that her youthful glow comes from loving herself from the inside out.

11. Cicely Tyson: Age 93

Cicely Tyson: Age 93 Source:Getty

The Oscar and Emmy nominated iconic actress looks younger than a lot of white women in their 30s–cough, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. From her fierce ombre wigs to her empowering attitude, Cicely Tyson embodies the notion that age is just a number.

12. Rachel True: Age 50


Listen. We think that “The Craft” actress is secretly a vampire and is just trolling the rest of us for eternal fun. But let Rachel True tell it, it’s not drinking blood that keeps her skin so firm and plump, it’s eating a plant-based diet. Kale anyone?

13. Renee Elise Goldsberry: Age 47


No joke: The “Hamilton” Tony winner looks exactly as she did when she played Evangeline on soap opera “One Life To Live” back in 2003. While one would think she spends tons of money on skin care, Renee told the “New York Times” she keeps it simple: Cetaphil and Aveeno products, plus lots of water.

14. Iman: Age 63

View this post on Instagram

#GetTheLook: Fake It Til You Make It #monday

A post shared by IMAN (@the_real_iman) on


It’s unfathomable that the supermodel and cosmetics queen is 63-years-old, but it’s true. One of her secrets is to embrace a little extra weight to keep her face a little more full and plump. We can dig it.

15. Lisa Bonet: Age 50


Speaking of “The Cosby Show” stars, Lisa Bonet is another one who has mastered the art of aging–or the art of not aging. The 50-year-old credits being a vegan, happiness and relaxation as the key to staying so young looking.

16. Tamara Tunie: Age 59


The “Dietland” star doesn’t look a day older than she did on the third season of “Law and Order: SVU.” We see you Tamara.

17. Janet Jackson: Age 52


From having a baby to going full out on a world tour, Janet Jackson doesn’t let age stop her from having anything. To only have this level of energy!

18. Rutina Wesley: Age 39


The “Queen Sugar” is showing us that 40 is the new 20s with her glowing skin. She looks just as amazing as she did when she started playing Tara on “True Blood” a decade ago.

19. Regina Hall: Age 47

View this post on Instagram

Double trouble #vanityfair2018

A post shared by Regina Hall (@morereginahall) on


Looking how she looks, one would think the “Girls Trip” comedienne stays sipping from the Fountain of Youth. Yet in reality, she uses Shiseido foaming cleanser and Avalon Organics Vitamin C products to stay illuminated and moisturized.

20. Cynthia Bailey: Age 51

View this post on Instagram

I love you💙 #CHill

A post shared by Cynthia Bailey (@cynthiabailey) on


The former model and RHOA star has never had an off day when it comes to the looks department. That, and never an off year. She credits that to good old vaseline, witch hazel and eye serum to keep her visage in tip-top shape.

21. Elise Neal: Age 52


Having been a dancer since she was 6-years-old, Elise Neal credits that history of disciple as to why she has stayed so fit over the years. That, and weight lifting to help boost her metabolism. Time to pump the iron.

22. Marjorie Harvey: Age 53

View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Marjorie Harvey (@marjorie_harvey) on


Marjorie Harvey makes being a grandmother look so fly. She believes that eating healthy and working out is the key to looking and feeling young. That, and taking plenty vacations with her boo, Steve.

23. Garcelle Beauvais: Age 51


Look, Garcelle looks just as vibrant now as she did when Jamie Foxx was chasing her character around on WB’s “The Jamie Foxx Show.” She swears by resistance training exercises, Pilates and treadmill work to keep her body in shape.

24. Salli Richardson: Age 50


The actress and “Queen Sugar” director doesn’t look a day over 35 and with good reason. When you are out there living your dreams, you stay glowing.