Angela Bassett Still Stunning at 55
It's been more than 20 years since Angela Bassett famously flaunted her gams and guns playing Tina Turner in 1993's "What's Love Got to Do With It," and in a sexy new lingerie shoot, the star proves at 55 that she's still got it.
The A-list actress shows off her flawless face and figure in a series of black and white photos for the latest issue of Violet Grey magazine, wearing not much more than a black bustier, a button-down white shirt, stockings and leopard print heels.
The star, who is nominated for a best supporting actress Emmy for her role in "American Horror Story: Coven," revealed that she's pretty low-maintenence when it comes to getting ready for a night out.
"It only takes me about 10 minutes!" Bassett told the magazine. "I start thinking about it in the car on the way home. Do I want to be flirty? Sensual? Powerful? Then I try to dress for that feeling. My husband [actor Courtney B. Vance] always says 'Lord, you've made something out of nothing, how did you do that?'"
As for red carpet appearances, Bassett leaves them in the capable hands of her "team."
"My first question is always 'Is my team available?' I wish I could do all of this, but everyone has their gifts," she said in the interview. "Then I just sit there with my eyes closed. If I open them it's only because I'm trying to get a few tips for myself!"
In the days leading up to an event, Bassett will "cut the sugar, the alcohol and the bread, and eat a lot of protein and veggies," adding that sugar is one her weaknesses.
Whatever she's doing seems to be working. Looking in the mirror these days, Bassett said she sees "a passionate woman who knows what she loves and has been blessed to be able to do it…and continue to do it!"