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If the definition of aging like fine wine were an image, we’d insert a picture of Nia Long! The actress celebrated turning the big 5-0 on Friday as only she should — showing off her absolutely timeless beauty and style in a series of images.

Nia posted an image of herself showing off her 50-year-old body in a black one-piece swimsuit with gold and leopard details, gold chains, and a straw hat. “This is 50,” she said. “Still climbing, still learning. Life is sweeter. Know thy self, take no sh*t, and love deeply.”

 

Looking at Nia, it’s hard to believe that she’s been working in Hollywood since 1986.

She posted another image surrounded by nature in what we can only imaging being the most serene place. Nia simply captioned the image, “50” with a kissing emoji.

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And, just a year earlier when the world was open, we found this video of Nia looking effortlessly fly while going about her business.

 

Nia Long’s looks exude grown and sexy style. And, her beauty is a fountain of youth.  

In celebration of the epitome of “Black don’t crack,” here are 15 times she gave us ageless looks on the red carpet over the years:

1. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1995)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1995) Source:NBCU Photo Bank

Lisa Wilkes (Nia Long) stole our hearts — and Will Smith’s — as his girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She looked like the sexy girl next door, or in Will’s case, on campus. For her look, Nia wore a long, form-fitting black dress and classic pixie cut hair.

2. THE N.Y.C. PREMIERE OF ‘BLADE’ (1998)

THE N.Y.C. PREMIERE OF 'BLADE' (1998) Source:Getty

Toni Braxton, Halle Berry, and Nia Long were the inspiration for short haircuts across America in the 90’s and 2000’s. Here, Nia is at the New York City premiere of Blade. She kept it cute and simple in a purplish-blue halter top, blue jeans, and strappy sandals. And, of course, she wore her short pixie cut.

3. “Broken Hearts Club” Los Angeles Premiere (2000)

"Broken Hearts Club" Los Angeles Premiere (2000) Source:SGranitz/WireImage

Nia Long was glowing with her baby bump at the Broken Hearts Club Los Angeles Premiere. She wore an army green sleeveless jumpsuit with a jeweled belt and ear-length bob.

4. The Best Man Premiere (1999)

The Best Man Premiere (1999) Source:Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images

Nia Long attended The Best Man premiere in a sparkingly below-the-knee halter dress that had a nice surprise from behind…

5. The Best Man Premiere (1999)

The Best Man Premiere (1999) Source:Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images

…It’s the back detail for me! We loved this look so much we owed it to you to show you all of it! Yes, Nia!

6. 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards (2004)

35th Annual NAACP Image Awards (2004) Source:Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Nia Long was radiant in an all-white gown as she took home an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards. She completed the look with a sleek ponytail. What’s not to love about this look!?

7. NIA LONG AT THE CARTIER CELEBRATES SANTOS 100 YEAR (2004)

NIA LONG AT THE CARTIER CELEBRATES SANTOS 100 YEAR (2004) Source:Getty

Nia Long attended the Cartier Santos 100 event in a sexy two-piece suit with a lace bodysuit underneath. Who doesn’t love menswear as women’s wear on the red carpet? Her bodysuit shows off her sexy side in an otherwise structured look. Nia Long traded in her short pixie cut for a head full of loose curls. 

8. NIA LONG AT THE VH1 HIP HOP HONORS (2005)

NIA LONG AT THE VH1 HIP HOP HONORS (2005) Source:Getty

Fast forward a few years later to Nia Long at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors in 2005. She looked chic in a chocolate brown slip dress. This entire look is so timeless, it could be worn today. In true Nia Long fashion, she rocked her signature pixie cut but spiked it a little. 

9. ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ Premiere (2009)

'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' Premiere (2009) Source:NDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

The same year, Nia Long attended ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ Premiere looking elegant in white again. This time, the actress opted for an all-white sleeveless jumpsuit and shoulder-length hair.

10. American Black Film Festival Honors Awards (2017)

BET's 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards - Arrivals Source:Getty

Nia Long looked elegant alongside her longtime partner Ime Udoka at BET’s 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. She wore a one-shoulder knee-length flowy dress and long soft curls. 

11. Sundance NEXT FEST (2017)

Sundance NEXT FEST (2017) Source:Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Sundance

Nia Long attended the 2017 Sundance NEXT FEST at The Theater at The Ace looking casually chic in jeans, a black top, and a floor-length floral design jacket. She completed the look with a top-knot bun and a black Chanel cross-bag.

12. NIA LONG AT NOWWITH AND YAHOO LIFESTYLE EVENT (2018)

NIA LONG AT NOWWITH AND YAHOO LIFESTYLE EVENT (2018) Source:Getty

Nia Long does all black so well! She attended the NowWith and Yahoo Lifestyle event in a black slip dress paired with a chic black moto jacket. This is such a good look! Who doesn’t have a classic black slip dress in their closet?

On her feet, Nia wore black Louboutin open-toe booties. She let her hair fall loosely past her shoulders. She channeled the all-black-everything vibe perfectly. 

13. ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ New York Premiere (2018)

'Roxanne Roxanne' New York Premiere (2018) Source:Mike Pont/WireImage

Back to black! Nia Long attended the Roxanne Roxanne New York Premiere wearing an all-black pants suit with gold button details and a black cami underneath the blazer. She pinned her hair up and had a swooped bang to complete the look.

14. LA Premiere Of Entertainment Studios’ ’47 Meters Down Uncaged’ (2019)

LA Premiere Of Entertainment Studios' '47 Meters Down Uncaged' (2019) Source:Getty

Yes, Nia! The actress stepped out for the LA Premiere of Entertainment Studios’ “47 Meters Down Uncaged” in a powder blue, low cut cocktail dress. Can we take a moment to fully acknowledge the lengths to which she shut it down?

First of all, this color looks heavenly against Nia’s skin. I’m a huge fan of the simple styling. Her hair is pulled back in what seems to be a faux hawk ponytail, her smoky eye is done to perfection, and the white heels offer a nice pop of color. Here for it!

15. Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards (2019)

Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards (2019) Source:Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

It’s a family affair! Nia Long attended Nickelodeon’s 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards with her sons Massai Zhivago Dorsey II (left) and Kez Sunday Udoka (middle). She kept her look casually chic with a printed jumpsuit, long jean jacket, and strappy gold heels. She wore her hair pinned in a top bun, showing off her bamboo earrings. Can we just add that we love how her sons completed her fly?