Taraji P. Henson has been in this game for a while receiving some success, however her career continues to elevate thanks to her hit TV show 'Empire'. Just last week, her Allure cover debut and now she is the August 2015 cover star of W magazine. On the cover shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Taraji looks beautiful in a casual look which features a THEORY white henley top and AG jeans.
Accessorized with HEARTS OF FIRE & CHOPARD bracelets, her look was topped off with dewy skin, light make-up and wet hair. In the issue, she talks auditioning for 'Empire', moving to LA to become an actor as a single mother, wanting to play 'Precious' and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview and to see more images from her fashion spread. For more on Taraji's feature, visit Wmagazine.com and pick up a copy on newsstand July 7th.
Equipment blouse; David Yurman earrings
On auditioning for the part of 'Cookie Lyons' for 'Empire':
“I was like, This is stupid. Hip-hop—dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb. But then I started to think, Cookie is going to piss so many people off! She hits her son with a broom; she talks back. Clearly, this was a challenge.”
On wanting to play the role of 'Precious' in the hit movie 'Precious':
“Lee wanted me for the thin, pretty teacher in Precious. And I was like, ‘Well, I want to play Precious—because that’s the role in this piece.’ Lee thought I was nuts. I was like, ‘Look, they turned Charlize Theron into a monster! I could be this girl!’ When I think about that now, it was such a Cookie move.”
On singing 'It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp' at the Academy awards:
“I sang that in front of my peers. It was both amazing and embarrassing. But I think the song won for the same reason that people love Cookie. It was about coming from nothing, having goals, and going after them. And it was extreme. People love extremes.”
On her character Cookie:
“Not only would I never be offered a character like Cookie in a movie, but she doesn’t exist. Cookie is bold and crazy, and she loves the struggle. She started from nothing, and now she’s at the top. In that way, we’re alike: Cookie is the American Dream.”
On moving to LA to become an actor as an single mother:
“It was a struggle,” Henson remembered. “But my son grew as my career grew. I never had a nanny—I did TV so I could be home with him. I wasn’t making my millions, but I was able to fulfill my dreams and be a mother.”
Roberto Cavalli dress; Chopard earrings; Hearts On Fire bracelet.
Credit: W Magazine