Beginning in 1996, she was a Revlon spokeswoman for seven years and renewed her contract in 2004.She starred alongside Natalie Deselle Reid in the 1997 comedy film B*A*P*S.In accepting her award, she gave an acceptance speech honoring previous black actresses who had never had the opportunity. This is for every nameless, faceless woman of colour who now has a chance tonight because this door has been opened." As Bond girl Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson in the 2002 blockbuster Die Another Day, Berry recreated a scene from Dr.

In the 1999 HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, she portrayed the first black woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and it was to Berry a heart-felt project that she introduced, co-produced and fought intensely for it to come through.

Berry portrayed the mutant superhero Storm in the film adaptation of the comic book series X-Men (2000) and its sequels, X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Many in the African-American community were critical of Berry for taking the part.

Berry responded: "I don't really see a reason to ever go that far again. That scene was special and pivotal and needed to be there, and it would be a really special script that would require something like that again." Berry asked for a higher fee for Revlon advertisements after winning the Academy Award.

In 2001, Berry appeared in the film Swordfish, which featured her first topless scene.

She appeared as Leticia Musgrove, the troubled wife of an executed murderer (Sean Combs), in the 2001 feature film Monster's Ball.

Ron Perelman, the cosmetics firm's chief, congratulated her, saying how happy he was that she modeled for his company.

She replied, "Of course, you'll have to pay me more." Perelman stalked off in a rage.

It's not like I ever aspired to be here, but thank you.