On Monday, Aug. 8, the “Harlem” star celebrated 41 years of life as she took to her Instagram account, where she shared a video selfie of herself posing in front of a mirror wearing a yellow skin-tight cover-up dress and a tan two-piece bikini underneath. The actress wore her hair in her signature red locs.
“This is 40, y’all,” the actress said before correcting herself, saying “41” and winking at the camera. She captioned the post “ᴛʜᴀɴᴋ ʏᴏᴜ sᴏ ᴍᴜᴄʜ ғᴏʀ ᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇ ʙɪɢ Bɪʀᴛʜᴅᴀʏ ʟᴏᴠᴇ.”
Fans and Hollywood friends flooded her comments section with “happy birthday” wishes, but fans couldn’t get enough of her youthful beauty, including one fan who quipped, “How you say that Mcdonald’s commercial… I’m Lovin it.”
“41 WHERE,” asked a seeming non-believer. “STOPPPPP PLAYING WIT MY FAVORITE HAPPY SOLAR RETURN GORGEOUS.”
Another person added, “You’ve got everybody beat….the baddest in the game and has been for a while now!!!”
Ahead of her birthday last year, the “Stomp the Yard” star opened up about her plans as she headed into her 40s, telling Yahoo! Life: The Unwind that she was more focused on her mental health as she enters this new chapter. “It’s everything,” she told the outlet.
“As I’ve gotten older, I can pinpoint the things I haven’t dealt with,” she added. “I was like, you need to look under the hood, you need a good therapist, you need to take time to make sure that your well-being and your spirit is your priority.”
She also noted that she had stopped drinking and really “leaned into therapy.” “I got very intentional about [wellness] because I wanted to go into 40 with peace of mind, with unexplainable joy, with more sense of self and a wholeness,” she explained.
“I have a tendency to jump over things or go around them instead of walking through them, and this year it was about walking through things and having those days when you’re grieving something from 15 or 20 years ago. Really walking through it,” the star added.