Halle Berry's 50 Years of Flawlessness: A Look Back at Her Most Stunning Moments
By Desiree Murphy
Happy Birthday, Halle Berry!
The Oscar winner turns 50 on Sunday, and in celebration of the milestone, we've rounded up her most stunning moments. From a fearless young girl making her Hollywood dreams a reality to becoming one of the most beloved actresses of our time, the ageless beauty queen proves she's still on top after all these years.
Berry kicked off her career in the '80s, competing in beauty pageants and modeling. In 1989, the then 23-year-old broke into the acting world by portraying a model named Emily Franklin in the short-lived ABC sitcom, Living Dolls.
"I can remember being in situations in a model apartment that I lived in, and I was always kind of -- not so much brainy-smart, but you know, I was always the one that gave advice," she said at the time. "Everybody came to me with their problems. I sort of was the mediator between all the girls, so [playing my character] kind of [was] a little bit like the real Halle in a lot of ways."
Pretty in Pink
In 1993, Berry dazzled on the People's Choice Awards red carpet, sporting a bright pink dress with silver statement earrings and matching stilettos. That same year, Berry told ET that she didn't exactly fit into Hollywood's cookie-cutter mold.
"Too young, too short, too skinny, too black -- it's always something," she explained. "Not black enough, too black. There's always problems that we have to overcome. Just keep your eye on the ball and stay focused."
One of Berry's most shining moments was playing Bond girl Jinx Johnson in Die Another Day. The Cleveland native sported a belted orange bikini, playing homage to '60s sex symbol Ursula Andres in 1962's Dr. No.
In March 2002, Berry made history at the Academy Awards, becoming the first African-American woman to win the Oscar in the Best Actress category for Monster's Ball.
"I had the hopes and dreams of so many people with me, and I felt it -- of all the women who've been before me who've passed on, I felt their energy and that's why it was so emotional," she gushed.
The actress showed off her enviable curves at the Lackawanna Blues premiere in New York City in 2005, donning a sexy body-hugging dress and sleek, straight hair.
Red Carpet Royalty
Berry looked like a real-life princess at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 2014, where she wore a gorgeous floor-length gown and debuted a trendy bob. She told ET that the key to her impeccable style was keeping accessorizes to a minimum.
"As long as it's something simple I'm never one that likes to overdo it," she revealed. "Not too much jewelry, not too much bling, not too much color, not too much anything. I'm more a believer in less is more."
Sexy and Sheer
Flash forward to the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, Berry's rocking bod was on full display. The mother of two donned a black Noam Hanoch dress with lace paneling that perfectly highlighted her toned abs.
Babe in Blue
Less than a month after filing for divorce from her husband of two years, Olivier Martinez, the Oscar winner turned heads at Essence's Black Women of Bond Tribute (her first post-split appearance) in a flowy, powder blue gown and strappy black heels.
Always Giving Back
While it's no secret Berry slays the red carpet, another factor that makes her sexy is her golden heart. The brunette beauty recently teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue's Key to the Cure campaign, which aims to raise money for cancer research and treatment.
Social Media Savvy
Berry may be new to Instagram (she just joined this year!), but she's already proven she's a social media pro.
"I never thought I'd feel this way. I am having so much fun on social media," she captioned one of her recent pics. "Thank you for allowing me to show you something different. #TBT to last month on a cloudy day at the beach."
Happy and Healthy
Even at 50, Berry is still glowing. Her secrets to flawless skin? "I think the key is good clean living," she revealed in 2010. "I've never abused alcohol. I've never done drugs. I do not smoke. I exercise and I think what you put in your body and the way you treat it shows on your face. And that's really I think the secret."