Remember when 40 sounded like a death sentence? We might be a bit biased, but we have it on good authority that Latinas age better than anyone else, and if you need proof check out our list of 40 over-the-hill stars who remain nothing short of perfection. Ageists be warned, your mind is about to be blown!
1. Over 40: Lauren Velez
Lauren Vélez, 48
Exquisite Puerto Rican Lauren Vélez continues to keep heads turning at 48 years old as a result of both her beauty and talent. The actress is best recognized for her roles on HBO’s Oz and Showtime’s Dexter.
2. Over 40: Charisma Carpenter
Charisma Carpenter, 42
Actress Charisma Carpenter might just be the youngest looking 42-year-old ever! The Latina used to star in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel as Cordelia Chase, but she can presently be found on ABC Family’s The Lying Game.
3. Over 40: Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez, 43
Don’t be fooled by the age that she got, Jennifer Lopez remains one of the most gorgeous women in Hollywood, okay we’ll be honest, the world! This Puerto Rican’s beauty and talent continue to lure us to the big screen. Check out her latest role, Parker, in theaters now to see her flaunt that incredible 43-year-old body.
4. Over 40: Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek, 46
At 46 years old Mexican actress and producer Salma Hayek still reigns supreme as a major Hollywood hottie. Biopic Frida about the life of Frida Kahlo helped to cement her as big screen royalty, and we’ve been bowing down ever since! This year Hayek will reprise her role as Adam Sandler’s wife in the comedy Grown Ups 2.
5. Over 40: Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz, 40
When people think of the over-the-hill set part-Cuban actress Cameron Diaz certainly doesn’t come to mind, maybe it’s because she’s so young at heart! Audiences have enjoyed the attractiveness of Diaz for decades now in films like The Mask and There’s Something About Mary, and they’ll get to see her work her magic once again in this year’s The Counselor.
6. Over 40: Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey, 42
Age is but a number, and Mariah Carey certainly doesn’t seem to be paying attention to hers! The multi-talented mama is just as beautiful and busy as ever mothering toddler twins, voicing her opinions as a judge on American Idol, returning to movies in this year’s Butler, and on top of it all she still continues to do what she does best, make music.
7. Over 40: Daisy Fuentes
Daisy Fuentes, 46
Cuban-American Daisy Fuentes has done it all, including staying smoking hot well into her 40s! Women continue to look to her as a beacon of health and beauty as evidenced by our purchasing of all things Fuentes from hair care to fragrance to clothing to accessories and even a work-out game.
8. Over 40: Ana Ortiz
Ana Ortiz, 42
If you’re staring incredulously at this saying that there’s no way Ana Ortiz is a day over 30 then you’re certainly not alone. The part-Puerto Rican actress continues to shine into her 40s! Probably best known for playing older sister Hilda on Ugly Betty, Ortiz can be seen this year on Lifetime’s Devious Maids.
9. Over 40: Paulina Rubio
Paulina Rubio, 41
At 41-years-old singer Paulina Rubio continues to put out the hits! Even though this Mexican talent already has a whopping 10 studio albums to her name, we doubt anything will slow her down!
10. Over 40: Rosie Perez
Rosie Perez, 48
Popular dancer and actress Rosie Perez has choreographed dances for some of the biggest acts in the world and acted in movies like White Men Can’t Jump and Pineapple Express. Most recently the lovely 48-year-old starred in the film Won’t Back Down with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis.
11. Over 40: Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara, 40
Despite being officially 40 Colombian bombshell Sofía Vergara continues to be touted as one of the most beautiful women in the world. The actress continues to act in her break-out role as Gloria Pritchett in Modern Family, is the face of several products, and has her own clothing line with K-Mart. Fading at 40? It seems to us like she’s just getting started!
12. Over 40: Nina Garcia
Nina Garcia, 47
Not only does fashion journalist Nina Garcia help dictate to the masses what’s beautiful when it comes to clothes, but she’s nothing short of beautiful herself! She is currently the Fashion Director for Marie Claire magazine and stars as a judge in season 11 of the supremely popular competition show Project Runway which she has been with since season one.
13. Over 40: Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington, 44
Model Christy Turlington helped women and men around the world define sexy for two decades as a representative for Calvin Klein. We think you’ll agree that Turlington’s still got it!
14. Over 40: Thalia
So fabulous she needs only one name to be recognized, the wildly popular singer and actress Thalía has been wowing audiences for decades and looking absolutely stunning doing it! Her latest album, Habítame siempre came out last year.
15. Over 40: Judy Reyes
Judy Reyes, 45
Dominican actress Judy Reyes is still smokin’ at 45. Best known for her role as nurse Carla Espinosa on the popular comedy Scrubs, her most recent role was on TV Land’s Happily Divorced.
16. Over 40: Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch, 72
Fans might find it difficult to guess that actress and former sex symbol Raquel Welch is already 72-years-old. The Bolivian beauty may be known for bikini clad bod in 1966’s One Million Years B.C., but she continues to lend her gorgeous face to products like Foster Grant glasses.
17. Over 40: Helena Christensen
Helena Christensen, 44
A former Victoria’s Secret Angel, it’s no surprise the name Helena Christensen is synonymous with beauty. Though the part-Peruvian presently spends her time on the other side of the camera as a photographer, we think she’s still hot enough to be posing in front of it!
18. Over 40: Gina Torres
Gina Torres, 43
With a smile that lights up her eyes 43-year-old Gina Torres is still incredibly stunning. The Cuban actress can be found in countless movies and television appearances, but her most recent role to date is the part of Jessica Pearson on USA Network’s Suits.
19. Over 40: Lynda Carter
Lynda Carter, 61
Still WONDER-ful at 61, Lynda Carter won’t soon be forgotten. The former Miss World USA is known best as the iconic comic book character Wonder Woman in the 1970s television shows The New Original Wonder Woman and The New Adventures of Wonder Woman.
20. Over 40: Talisa Soto
Talisa Soto, 45
We don’t doubt model and actress Talisa Soto knows what it’s like to be one of the most beautiful people in the world. She’s been on the covers of a number of the most sought after magazines and acted in multiple roles. At 45 the Puerto Rican doesn’t appear to have aged a bit!
21. Over 40: Eva LaRue
Eva LaRue, 46
Puerto Rican actress and model Eva LaRue remains the epitome of pretty at the age of 46. Though she is probably best remembered for her roles on All My Children and CSI: Miami, LaRue continues to play a plethora of other roles.
22. Over 40: Soledad O'Brien
Soledad O'Brien, 46
Broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien is a force to be reckoned with in the world of news, and a beauty to be reckoned with as well! The part-Cuban currently anchors the CNN morning news program Starting Point.
23. Over 40: Lauren Sanchez
Lauren Sánchez, 43
Another gorgeous news anchor, the lovely Lauren Sánchez is still stunning at 43 years old. A former special correspondent on Extra, the media personality currently co-hosts KTTV Fox-11’s Good Day LA as well as the same station’s evening news program.
24. Over 40: Paola Turbay
Paola Turbay, 42
Once a beauty queen winning the title of Miss Colombia in 1991 and finishing runner-up in Miss Universe in 1992, Paola Turbay has carried that same beauty with her to the small screen. She’s had roles in some major shows such as The Closer, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Mentalist, True Blood, and Royal Pains.
25. Over 40: Maria Conchita Alonso
María Conchita Alonso, 55
Grammy-nominated singer María Conchita Alonso is just as charming at 55-years-old as in her beauty queen days. Not only can she boast a discography nearly a mile long, but an acting career that’s touched five different decades as well!
26. Over 40: Maria Canals Barrera
María Canals Barrera, 46
Actress María Canals Barrera has the kind of sweet smile that lights up a room. The actress is best known for playing mom Theresa Russo on the Disney hit Wizards of Waverly Place and voicing the character of Sunset on The Proud Family.
27. Over 40: Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno, 81
The reputation of the divine Rita Moreno certainly precedes her! The living legend has attained one of the greatest feats in entertainment and can call herself one of the few to ever achieve an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony wins). Despite being the oldest beauty on our list, few can hold a candle to her!
28. Over 40: Stacey Dash
Stacey Dash, 46
You’re certainly not clueless if you find it difficult to believe actress Stacey Dash is 46 years old. The part-Mexican goddess has appeared in a number of movies and television shows, but she’s most recognized for her starring role in Clueless and its television spin-off of the same name.
29. Over 40: Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan, 55
We know there are more than a few people out there who continue to crush on the 55-year-old Gloria Estefan. The gorgeous Cuban has earned a slew of incredible accolades including three Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammys.
30. Over 40: Laura Harring
Laura, Harring, 48
Mexican actress Laura Harring’s petite features and luminescent skin add up to one stunning woman, even at 48-years-old! The former Miss USA is best known for her role as Rita in Mulholland Drive.
31. Over 40: Natalie Morales
Natalie Morales, 40
You’d think the wear and tear of a demanding job as an anchor for the popular NBC morning news program Today would start to show, but broadcast journalist Natalie Morales remains energetic, fresh, and you guessed it, gorgeous!
32. Over 40: Elizabeth Pena
Elizabeth Peña, 51
Actress Elizabeth Peña is over 50 and fabulous! She’s played a plethora of roles in both television and film including Jabob’s Ladder and La Bamba.
33. Over 40: Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera, 80
Charming Chita Rivera has had an incredible career. Most of her work consists of musical theater performances like Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, and West Side Story. She’s been awarded with the Kennedy Center Honors award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Talk about fabulous!
34. Over 40: Daphne Rubin-Vega
Daphne Rubin-Vega, 43
Panama born singer, actress, and dancer Daphne Rubin-Vega has always been considered hot, hot, hot! Her most memorable role to date was as Mimi Marquez in the Broadway musical Rent.
35. Over 40: Madeleine Stowe
Madeleine Stowe, 54
Anyone who thought 54-year-old Madeleine Stowe was past her prime was likely happily mistaken! She currently stars as the calculating, and stunning, Victoria Grayson on the ABC hit Revenge, a role that earned her a Golden Globe nomination in 2011.
36. Over 40: Daphne Zuniga
Daphne Zuniga, 50
Actress Daphne Zuniga looks just as hot as she did in her Melrose Place days! She’s also known for her parts in One Tree Hill and Spaceballs, and she has many more projects in the coming years that we’re excited to watch her shine in.
37. Over 40: Joanna Kerns
Joanna Kerns, 59
Fans of the family comedy Growing Pains which ran from 1985-1992 might be surprised to discover that the beloved mom they remember, who Joanna Kerns played, hasn’t aged a day! The actress remains as beautiful as ever.
38. Over 40: Constance Marie
Constance Marie, 47
Looking a very young 47 years old fans find many things to love about actress Constance Marie. Her most notable roles have been as Angie Lopez on George Lopez and as Marcella Quintanilla in the movie Selena. The knockout can currently be found on Switched at Birth.
39. Over 40: Sheila E.
Sheila E, 55
A female drummer and percussionist is hot enough as is, but then you take a look at stunner Sheila E and you’ll find she’s sexy all on her own merit! She’s best known for her work with stars like Prince and Ringo Starr.
40. Over 40: Marilyn Milian
Marilyn Milian, 51
Don’t challenge judge Marilyn Milian on her age, though as great as she looks we doubt she’d hesitate to tell you the truth! Milian is a former Florida state circuit court judge who viewers can see pound her gavel on a regular basis as the presiding judge on The People’s Court.