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Toni Braxton On Being Unapologetically Sexy In Her 50s: 'I'm Feeling Myself'

Legendary singer and actress Toni Braxton defies the age-related biases many women encounter after turning 50.

In the past, middle-aged women were often stereotyped as non-sexual beings, a perception rooted in the hormonal changes associated with perimenopause and menopause. Some of the effects women experience during this period of their lives include irregular menstrual cycles, mood changes, weight gain, reduced libido, and more.

Despite these challenges, the "Breathe Again" vocalist has made it her mission not to let aging hinder her from embracing her sensuality or captivating fans' attention with her mesmerizing looks on social media.

Most of Braxton's viral posts featured the 56-year-old showcasing her tight physique in swimsuits and revealing ensembles. Recently, Braxton made headlines after sharing a topless photo on Instagram. In the upload, the mother of two used her favorite pastime as an excuse behind the risque snapshot.

"I'm about to take a dip in the pool real quick," she wrote while asking her fans what they had planned for the weekend.

Braxton's initial explanation surrounding the viral upload didn't last for long because she was forced to address the photo during an interview with Entertainment Tonight as she and her adult sons Diezel and Denim Lewis attended the Bad Boys: Ride or Die premiere in Los Angeles.

Braxton On Feeling Sexy And Why She Isn’t Afraid to Age

During the discussion, the "He Wasn't Man Enough for Me" songstress shared that she posted the pic because she was fascinated with her appearance and wanted the world to see it.

"I was feeling myself, " she said. “I'm feeling myself, so I thought I'd show it."

Later in the conversation, Braxton added that she hopes her comfort in her own skin and lack of fear in showcasing it in her 50s will inspire others to embrace their aging journey.

"I wanted people to know that 50s is still sexy, and it's OK, and don't be afraid to age,” she added. “I felt a little some kind of way when I turned 50, but I'm OK. I'm alright about it."

Since then, Braxton has remained authentic to herself and continues to break the internet, most recently with a behind-the-scenes video revealing her red-carpet attire from the movie premiere. In the clip, a shirtless Braxton exudes confidence in a light-colored suit and strikes poses to Victoria Monét's hit "On My Mama." In addition to the upload, the "So Yesterday" singer penned the caption, "I look good, and I feel good!"

With this bold move, Braxton is reshaping the conversation about aging and appearance, which could inspire others to be themselves unapologetically.

Here Are Some Of Toni Braxton's Looks Throughout The Years

Toni Braxton At The 9th Annual Soul Train Awards

Toni Braxton At The 9th Annual Soul Train Awards

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Toni Braxton At 1997 APLA Tom Ford

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Toni Braxton At The 43rd Grammy Awards

Toni Braxton at the 43rd Grammy Awards

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Toni Braxton At The 2016 BET Awards

Toni Braxton At The 2016 BET Awards

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Toni Braxton At The 57th Grammy Awards

Toni Braxton At The 57th Grammy Awards

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Toni Braxton At The "Bad Boys: Ride Or Die" Premiere

Toni Braxton At The Bad Boys: Ride Or Die Premiere

Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Getty Images for Sony Pictures

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