15 Reasons Why Halle Berry Is the Hottest 47-Year-Old We Know

Aug 14 2013 - 8:50am

Are you thinking what we're thinking? Halle Berry [1] has discovered the Fountain of Youth, right? Today, the bombshell actress celebrates her 47th birthday, and honestly, she doesn't look like she's a day over 25. She knows how to highlight her enviable frame, opting for formfitting Dolce & Gabbana [2] sheaths and Roberto Cavalli [3] pantsuits on the red carpet, but she also knows that the key to styling success is to never overdo a good thing. Thus, Halle consistently sticks to a "less is more" mantra, always choosing understated accessories and au naturel makeup and hair over more opulent accents. To top it all off, she's one serious actress — with an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award, and a SAG Award to prove it. She's making it too easy for us to be totally jealous of her, but the truth is, she's pretty awesome. In honor of her birthday, here are our 15 reasons Halle Berry is the hottest 47-year-old we know.

Reason 1: At 47, she looks better than any of us in a bikini.

Reason 2: She has great taste in handbags — that's a seriously cool CC Skye [4] fringe iteration, in case you were wondering — and can pull off a headband by Eddera [5], too.

Reason 3: She makes this formfitting and slinky satin Rachel Roy [6] dress look insanely good.

Reason 4: Even though she looks great in body-con silhouettes, she looks even dreamier by day in flowy floral maxi dresses.

Reason 5: If we had you guess when this photo was taken, you wouldn't bat an eyelash if we told you it was from 2010. Alas, this FHM cover is from 2003, and she doesn't look like she's changed a bit.

Reason 6: She flaunts the cutouts on this Halston [7] dress like nobody's business.

Reason 7: She can still indulge her girlier side in the most glamorous way possible — as evidenced by this nude Marchesa [8] confection at the 2011 Oscars.

Reason 8: A wrinkled button-down and ripped jeans looks sexy, not tired, on Halle.

Reason 9: This was her in 1993. Want to take a closer look? Just use our zoom feature — are you thinking what we're thinking? Halle has found the Fountain of Youth.

Reason 10: Even when she's covered up, there's still an easy sophistication to Halle, as if she got ready in 10 minutes (and maybe she did). Plus, we have to give her extra brownie points for rocking a menswear-inspired look from Roberto Cavalli [9] to perfection.

Reason 11: A gorgeous curly cut, slouchy boyfriend jeans, and worker boots . . . and she still evokes the most flawlessly stylish finish.

Reason 12: There's a reason why she's been cast in a James Bond film, as Catwoman, and as Storm in X-Men — she is a fierce bombshell who can look as cool in an exotic-printed Dolce & Gabbana [10] sheath as she does in a pair of cuffed bootcut jeans.

Reason 13: Even when she's going for that Flashdance vibe, we're still enamored of her laid-back style. Case in point? She paired a relaxed off-the-shoulder knit with a gray Helmut Lang [11] tank and gray Miu Miu [12] pumps — a winning off-duty-meets-polished look.

Reason 14: She's not on vacation here — she just knows how to wear a printed Tolani [13] sarong-inspired skirt as if there were a beach nearby.

Reason 15: OK, besides the fact that she's killing it in a pair of sexy leather leggings to run errands (no less), she's also married to the handsome Olivier Martinez. Not too shabby, Halle.

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