Halle Berry InStyle November 2012 Issue

The November issue of InStyle hits newsstands this Friday, October 19.

Photographed for InStyle by Giampaolo Sgura

On what she’s learned through the growth of her career and aging:
“Throughout my career I have been talked out of things I wanted to do, and when I look back I think, I should have followed my instincts. I relied on others to guide me because I thought they knew better. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to trust myself.” And “Don’t stress about your age or fight it. Appreciate the young women who look like you once did, but don’t strive to be like them. You’re moving into a new phase of your life—embrace it. That’s what I hope to do.”

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On her husband-to-be, Olivier Martinez:
“When I first met Olivier, there wasn’t the initial ‘I’m in love!’ It was something that grew more gradually—and it feels more real because of that.” Marriage: “It’s another one of those never-say-never things. I’m a hopeless romantic, and I won’t stop till I get it right!” Why she loves him: “He’s silly, a clown, and very much the life of the party, which is good for someone like me. Danny Downer… been there, done that. Now I like Louie Lightfoot!”

On her short hair:
“I think I am at my best when my hair is short. It’s easier to take care of and more of who I am. Women are conditioned to think we need long hair. I see that happening with my daughter. She is so in love with her hair right now. She says, ‘Look, Mommy—it’s so long!” As women, we think it defines us, and we learn that at a young age.”

On her fashion advice for anyone:
“Don’t be a slave to trends. People who are never develop their own style. I have friends who are tragic—always trying to wear the latest thing, and it doesn’t always look good on them. I mean, that may be good on Kate Moss on the runway, but honey, you can’t pull it off.”

On her evolving style and archiving her clothes:
“My style has evolved in a nice way, but everyone has bad moments. Someone just showed me a photo from the ‘80s in which I was wearing a polka-dot and flower-print suit with puffy sleeves. At the time I thought I was stylin’! But no…” And  “I archive a lot of my clothes and have them wrapped up and in boxes. I call them “little tombs” and keep them in a storage space in the Valley. I would never get rid of the dress I wore on the night I won my Oscar. When I die, someone can have it, but not a minute before!”

(Cover Fashion Credits: Calvin Klein Collection dress, Adohr Jewelry earrings, Jack Vartanian cuff.)

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