We’ve all heard the old adage “black don’t crack” and more than a few of us believe it’s true, according to a recent survey by Allure Magazine. The glossy polled 2,000 women and men about aging and learned that 86% of the African-American participants believed they age the best (only 81% of Asians, 53% of Hispanics/Latinos and 46% of Whites/Caucasians answered that way about their ethnic group).

From our own mothers and grandmothers to celebrities like Halle Berry, Phylicia Rashad and Iman, we take pride in watching black women age with wrinkle-free skin, glowing skin and age-defying beauty.

Our confidence in aging extended to other questions on the survey as well. 81% of black women said they look younger than others their age, 64% of black women said they weren’t concerned about the physical signs of aging and 65% percent of black women have no desire to use anti-aging treatments or procedures (compared to 58 percent of white/Caucasian women and 46 percent of Hispanic/Latina women). They also believe a woman stops looking “sexy” at 64, which was almost 10 years past the age women of other races gave.

Are you surprised by these findings, Clutchettes? Do you believe black women age better than other races?

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  1. Barbara

    I was really disappointed to see Halle Berry represent us Black women. I was trying to remember another story Clutch did where two non-Black women who were married to Black men were callled Black!! I couldn’t believe it.

    Pay attention to the person who writes these type stories who are confused as to who Black women are. Who wrote this story Clutch? The person is in dire need of “un-brainwashing.”

    • Hi Barbara – it was simply an image. We truly thought because we stated women of color and listed OTHER Black women in the post to showcase Allure’s finding – it would not be a problem.

      On your other comment on the two non-white women married to Black men – and we said they were black – we are not for sure –we don’t remember that.

      But, we would like to be clear on this – who are we or anyone else to tell someone they are not Black. That thinking has to go. Halle Berry may be bi-racial but she is a black woman.

      Also, Clutch NEVER stated or implied that Halle Berry was chosen for this post to “represent US” – we stand by that image/picture of Halle because she is Black. And the article was about Black women aging-well – nothing more, nothing less. It’s sad that people are seeing a image of a Black woman and start making assumptions and comments against another Black woman.


    • SeeMe

      With all due respect, and Clutch is a fun website (keep up the good work) and being that its your site you can do what you choose (technically), you could have done better. If the theme is “Black Don’t Crack” then you use a brown skinned individual for your image. Its that simple. It seems like, be it a commercial, a magazine, a biopic about a dark skinned black person (nina simone) or anything highlighting “black beauty,” when there’s an opportunity to feature or celebrate blackness people rush to present the lightest black person they can locate–and use the whole “well, her great-grandfather is black” thing as an excuse and defense mechanism. In a racist society bi-racial people are already afforded so much more in so many arenas. But to view so-called black media entities consistently exhibit self-hate, manifested in their downright refusal to acknowledge plain ‘ol brown skin in preference of bi-racial people…well it’s irresponsible and disrespectful, particularly when you have soooo many brown hues to choose from. Your readers are giving you some potent and healthy insight and content providers like yourself should heed these teaching moments. And not be ultra defensive. The bottom line is that choosing Halle for your image here suggests self-hate or intra-community racism. And it’s very typical and predictable in a racist society. While we embrace Halle as a black woman she is half white. Her mother is white. And with the theme of your article you should have picked someone who has black parents. Period. #itscommonsense #blackreallyisbeautiful

  2. ArabellaMichaela

    Yep. The cliche is true. I have known black women well into their thirties (including myself) who were routinely carded in liquor stores because they look so young. If white skin or other races, aged as well as ours, they would be claiming all kinds of superioriy. Interestingly, they never mention in their magazines and skin care stories, how much better our skin is.

  3. Barbara

    Thanks for your response. That other two non-Black women were not Black AT ALL. They were mixed Asians who were married to Black men. Jada was the only one of those three who was Black. I made a post on that story too.

    Indeed Halle can be Black if she wants to; but I like seeing non-biracial beautiful Black women highlighted as much as Halle.

    • No problem :) And we understand and have noted your concerns. Thanks again for reaching out and reading Clutch.


    • I agree with u Barbara! Well if Halle is black, then she can be white too! This is where the one drop rule is killing us. I have no problem with bi-racial women saying that they’re black, but why are we using pictures of bi-racial women to represent us. What Clutch doesn’t understand is that putting Halle in the picture IS representing us, while not saying so explicitly.

      If Clutch is against Zoe Zaldana playing Nina Simone (which they’ve indicated in previous articles), then they shouldn’t be recycling images constantly of Halle and Paula. Like what’s so hard to understand about that?

      We black women complain about our wide noses and kinky hair not being represented enough, then we need to be the ones co-signing our own features. We can’t complain about little black girls hating their dark skin and afro puffs, then constantly pull on a Paula to represent black beauty. The truth of the matter is, most little black girls in the U.S. don’t look like Paula or Halle Berry.

    • Thanks for your comment. And the picture was not used to because of skin color. If you read Clutch daily (and look at our archives – we have been online for almost 6 years) we have a variety of skin tones. Also, our post showcase and represent the right a diverse images for little black girls.

      Secondly, How many times do we recycle Halle and Paula? They are not women we recycle or use for images (but if we did – what’s the issue? )

      Now, it’s news surrounds them – we may post about it – but it’s rare.

      Lastly, on Zoe/Nina — we (Clutch as a unit) – has lots of writers. Every person that writes for us an opinion post/piece – doesn’t mean everyone at Clutch is AGAINST it.

      Thanks again – and there is no need to go back and forth – because the ASSUMPTIONS that are given in this thread are untrue and disappointing.

      Thanks again,


  4. Hallie Berry is a poor example of a gracefully aged black woman. Forget the fact that she is biracial. She’s had plastic surgery and probably botox. Of all the black woman to use, clutch chose her. I really don’t understand why. Next time use a real black woman who HAS NOT had a touch up.

  5. MamaB.

    Clutch, if many of the comments are expressing dissatisfaction with the image used, why not just change it? It would please the readership. After all, the comments are made by supporting readership. As a community we talk about change and how our voices are important and that we should be heard—why not with the image?

    I don’t think anyone is throwing shade at Halle. She is beautiful in her own right—she just is not the best suited (again, according to your readership) for this article. Some Clutch supporters and responders have given names (and links) to celebrities that could take the place of Halle.

    This is a suggestion and attempt to be heard.

    Good job on the site, good luck and good day!
    I, too would like to see someone who looks more like Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Viola Davis, Vanessa Williams, Vanessa Bell-Calloway and Whoopi Goldberg.