“Halle Berry you jazzy, that’s way past fine. Girl you look like something that ‘posed be on the dance line.”

Celebrated for her beauty, style and diverse creative talents,” Halle Berry has transcended racial and social barriers going from a pace-setting pageant girl, to model, to Academy Award winning Actress for her stunningly raw performance alongside Billy Bob Thorton in “Monsters Ball.”

Berry is most commonly know for her blockbuster role as the weather manipulating mutant godess Storm, her iconic fashion sense and some of her most-prominent cinematic blunders, such as “Catwoman” and “Gothika.” Berry’s rarely rivaled beauty has also been the source of inspiration for recent chart-topping pop songs, such as “Halle Berry” by Hurricane Chris, but there is a lot more to Berry than her looks and IMDB profile.

Here are ten things you probably didn’t know about Halle.

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10. 1st Black American to compete in the Miss World Competition.

article-2188473-148CABEE000005DC-257_634x1009Before becoming a household name as a Hollywood bombshell, Berry competed in several beauty pageants, finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant in 1986. She was the 1st African American to ever participate in Miss World and, although she did not walk away in the top three in 1986, Berry did pave the way for future African American models trying to break into the pageant circuit.