Jada Pinkett Smith on the most beautiful part of turning 50

Her Emmy-winning talk show also returns this week.
Published September 13, 2021 2:55 p.m. EST
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Congratulations are in order for Jada Pinkett Smith. Not only did the host of Red Table Talk recently win an Emmy for the daytime talk show she co-chairs along with daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield Norris but she’s also about to celebrate a very big birthday.

Pinkett Smith will turn 50 (yes, you read that correctly) on September 18 and she’s doing it with her usual, now-trademark candor and grace. In a clip from this week’s upcoming episode of her show, the actor waxes rhapsodic about the “beauty” she’s found in reaching such an age.

"Coming into the last four years for me has really been about that transformation about coming to the self and having acceptance for the self and having to go through many different kinds of personal journeys,” she said. “To come to that place of really grounding myself in that understanding. That's been the most beautiful part of almost turning 50," she explained.

Aging, it seems, has endowed Pinkett Smith with the ability to let go of the things that no longer serve her — including the opinions of certain naysayers. The inspiration came from her music industry pal, Jimmy Iovine who said to her, “You know what I’m done with Jada? Convincing people.”

To which she replied, “You know what, Jimmy? I'm about to steal all of that because I'm done with that, too.”

Recalling the conversation to her mother and daughter, Pinkett Smith elaborated, saying, "I'm done with convincing people. I just feel like, women taking back our power, in any form that you need to, to be done with the convincing,” she explained. "That you're smart enough, that you're pretty enough, to convincing people that you're worthy.”

This Wednesday’s Red Table Talk, the premiere episode of the new season, sees Tiffany Haddish and Yvonne Orji join the fam around the table to discuss the intersection of hair and trauma in addition to Jada’s advice about how women can continue to reclaim their power. 

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