Halle Berry Takes Us Back to Her Platinum Blonde Era in Throwback Instagram Post

This hairstyle will always be iconic

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Halle Berry is taking us back to her platinum blonde era, where she sported the bright colored ‘do in the 1997 beloved movie, B.A.P.S. (And if you were wondering—yes, we were living for it then and we still are now.)  

Yesterday on Instagram, the 57-year-old actress posted a series of throwback photos taken during the B.A.P.S. movie premiere and still images from the film itself. You see, Berry decided to go blonde for the role of Nisi. 

The first slide shows a photo of Berry smiling and waving at the camera while sporting her blonde locks in a curly updo. Meanwhile, the fourth slide features a still image of Berry dancing with her former cast member, Natalie Desselle, who passed away at the age of 53 in December 2020. 

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Berry wrote in the caption, “Throwback to this platinum moment at the premiere of B.A.P.S., released 27 years ago today! [stars emojis] Missing my sweet Natalie.”

B.A.P.S. (which stands for Black American Princesses) follows Nisi and her best friend, Mickey (Desselle), who travel to Los Angeles to open their dream business: a soul-food restaurant/hair salon. While there, they meet an old millionaire named Mr. Blakemore (Martin Landau). 

Despite their differences, Nisi and Mickey befriend Mr. Blakemore and his butler (Ian Richardson), forming a bond that will change their lives forever. 

Though the film received negative reviews at the time of its release, B.A.P.S became a cult classic within the Black community. 

While appearing on the Strong Black Legends podcast in December 2021, Berry shared how B.A.P.S. will always hold a special place in her heart. “They’re beloved,” she said, referring to Nisi and Mickey. “And I knew at the time, they would be beloved. Robert Townsend [the director] really made me understand why they would be beloved. It was a real depiction of ‘us’ in a really beautiful way.”

The Bruised alum continued, “It resonates with the audiences of that time and even younger audiences [now]. They can look at it and appreciate [it] too.”

OK, we’ll take this as our sign to have a B.A.P.S. movie night.

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