Halle Berry's Most Empowering Quotes About Beauty and Aging

Berry, 54, has a great mindset when it comes to aging gracefully

01 of 10

On Her Signature Haircut

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"I think that was because the directors and producers actually saw me. Before that, I had long hair like every other girl like me. When I got this haircut, I felt like my best self."

— to InStyle

02 of 10

On Plastic Surgery

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"When you see everybody around you doing it, you have those moments when you think, 'To stay alive in this business, do I need to do the same thing?' I won't lie and tell you that those things don't cross my mind, because somebody is always suggesting it to me. It's almost like crack that people are trying to push on you. That's what I feel like. I just have kept reminding myself that beauty really is as beauty does, and it is not so much about my physical self. Aging is natural, and that's going to happen to all of us ... I just want to always look like myself, even if that's an older version of myself. I think when you do too much of that cosmetic stuff, you become somebody else in a way."

— to Yahoo! Beauty

03 of 10

On Staying Fit

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"It's a lot harder than it used to be. As I get older, I am more conscious of what I eat. I have never worked out with a lot of weights unless I had to for a film role. Left to my own devices, I just do cardio. I do exercises that involve my own body weight, because I never want to get too muscly. I am diabetic, so exercising has always been a part of managing my disease and keeping my sugars under control."

— to The L.A. Times

04 of 10

On Blocking Out the Haters

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"I've learned that I can't care about what people say about me because caring is too stressful and too hurtful," she says. "It can start to matter and affect you when you think about being a brand. People want know that they can trust you. But I'm happy to say none of the negative things that come from those people hiding behind their computers — I call them the haters — have permeated me through my career."

— to Yahoo! Life

05 of 10

On Looking Great at Every Age

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"We have to stop wanting to look like that decade before. We have to stop coveting that. Let it go and embrace it now and really be OK. It's easy to say, I guess, but that's the goal."

— to Yahoo! Life

06 of 10

On Learning As She Goes

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"I think I've been just learning as I've been going along. I've kind of been experimenting and figuring out what looks good on me, what works for me, what makes me feel like me, like my best self. Seeing pictures of myself and realizing what went right and what went wrong. You know, 'I'll do that again, I'll stick with that.'"

—to Yahoo! Life

07 of 10

On the (Free!) Secret to Staying Youthful

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"Bone broth! You can go to the butcher and get all the bones they're going to throw away and he'll give them to you for free. Take the bones, boil them up for 24 hours… and you drink the broth. It's so full of collagen that it's crazy."

— to Extra

08 of 10

On Embracing Aging

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"Embracing [aging] is realizing every stage you're at, and being OK with that. When you feel good about how you look and the age you are, and you're not trying to be 10 years younger — if you look that way, great — but aging is about embracing who you are and the life that you've lived, and the knowledge and the wisdom that you've gained.

"And when you do that, I think those women have a light that shines through—and you don't notice wrinkles if they have them so much, because that light is so powerful, and that confidence, and that sense of being, and knowing who you are."

— to Revlon South Africa

09 of 10

On Her Keto Diet

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"I swear by the ketogenic diet. It's simple. It's just no sugar and no carbs and what you force your body to do is instead of burning sugar for food, you start burning healthy fats ... and when you start burning fat, all the fat starts to melt away because your body actually needs that for fuel."

— to PeopleTV

10 of 10

On Embracing Your Age

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"As a woman, when you embrace where you are in life, then I think the struggle isn't so hard. If you're 42 and still think you're an ingenue, then you've got a problem."

to Harper's Bazaar Australia

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