Our favorite girl Taraji P. Henson covers Glamour Magazine’s October issue and she looks like a million bucks!
Glamour Magazine‘s October issue features three different cover girls: Emma Roberts, Gina Rodriguez and Henson. The Empire star isn’t one to mince words and she definitely spilled the tea on being a single mom, Cookie’s mainstream appeal and the art of fearlessness.
She acknowledged that although she was young mother, it never stopped her from pursuing her dreams of becoming an actress.
“When I got pregnant in college, people said, “This is it for her.” But I did not stop. I never missed a class. I was in the school musical when I was six months pregnant—we just made the character pregnant. My mother swears Marcel came out doing the dance; he had learned the choreography. When I graduated, I carried my son across the stage. I wanted to be an actress; I moved out to L.A. with him. People were like, “Are you crazy, moving to California with your son?” My father was like, “Leave him home.” I said, “I can’t leave my son at home.” [And eventually] my father said, “That’s your baby. That’s your blessing. He’s going to be your strength.” And you know what? He was. I didn’t have time to go to the club to “network.” That’s B.S. No business deals go down at the club. So I didn’t get caught up in that. I had a mission. I had to make my dream come true. If I didn’t, what was I proving to my son?”
Henson is also very much aware of why people connect with Cookie so strongly.
“She is everybody’s alter ego. She crosses cultures. [Last year] we went to Paris and screened the pilot for a thousand people. Lee Daniels [the series’ co-creator] brought me onstage. The audience stood up on their feet and clapped. I cried because, for so long in Hollywood, I’ve been told that black women don’t do well overseas, that they can’t open a film overseas. That moment for me was the best moment of my life. That’s better than any trophy, any award, any nomination. You know how they say music can heal the world? I feel that way about art in general.”
She even described when she feels the most like Cookie.
“When I don’t feel fear. Fear will cripple you, fear will kill you, fear will make you believe you’re not worthy. After 17 years in prison, Cookie feels there is nothing to fear. She made it out alive. In her mind that’s how strong she is. We all have that strength inside us. We just have to choose it.”
Read the full piece here.
'Get My Shoe Porsha': Cookie's Best Moments On 'Empire'
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1. Cookie's Best Moments On "Empire"
"Empire" is the best thing that ever happened to Wednesday nights. We can't get enough of Lucious, Cookie, Hakeem, Jamal and Andre. Last night, Cookie continued to entertain us as she slayed the game in fierce dresses, killer hats and shoes that had us ready to spend our rent money. Since she is the show's most entertaining and beloved character, we decided to highlight all of her best moments in this gallery.
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2. When She Showed Up To Dinner Wearing This
"You think I came here dressed like this for a friendly get together?!"
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3. When She Wore This Fabulous Jumpsuit
Cookie sure does love her prints, doesn't she?
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4. When She Loured Lucious Back To Her Den
We only got a sneak peek of what is to come next week on "Empire" and Girl, we can't wait to see what happens between Lucious and Cookie.
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5. When She Called Out Kitty For Spying On Her
Kitty thought she pulled a fast one by hiring a private investigator to follow Cookie around, but it backfired when Cookie found out she was spying on her. Cookie subtly shaded Kitty during their dinner prayer, saying "And God, please do not withhold your blessings, even from hoes that hire skanks to spy on me." Oop. Kitty's face says it all.
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6. When She Wore This Fly Ensemble
From her gorgeous gold Chanel necklace to her bold leopard skirt, Cookie slayed this look.
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7. When She Was A Young Tenderoni In This Flashback
Yasss to this old school hair style throwback. Cookie finally found the song to take her son Jamal's career to the next level and it happened to come from Puma, an old friend who had a deep crush on her while she was married to Lucious. While Lucious could never finish the song and secretly hated it because Puma wrote it, Jamal revamped it and performed it for his dad. Oh, how it burns.
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8. When She Fooled Lucious Into Thinking She Was Meeting With Her Parole Officer
Lucious thought he was on to Cookie, after Kitty hired a private detective to follow her around, but she outwitted him with her street smarts. She enlisted the FBI agent she struck a deal with to fool Lucious into thinking she was her parole officer. Clever.
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9. When She Wore This Hat To Bunkie's Funeral
Can we talk about this hat? Cookie may have been mourning the death of her cousin Bunkie, but she never misses the opportunity for a good fashion moment.
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10. When Lucious Said He Loves Her
Cookie was in the middle of an intense emotional moment, gazing over the body of her dead cousin Bunkie, when Lucious revealed that he still loves her. She seemed just as shocked as us! It definitely looks like they're going to get back together.
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11. When She Bumped Lucious Then Kicked His Car
In the words of Cookie, "Better be glad I don't feel like no scene today, cause I'll shut it down!" Kicks car.
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12. When She Tried To Fight Kitty In The Elevator
We're just waiting for the moment Cookie and Kitty go head to head. It almost happened in the elevator, but security was on hand to block Kitty, who hid behind Lucious. Too bad Cookie looks like she's wearing Lucious down — he'll be sniffing around Cookie's dessert table any episode now.
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13. When She Called Kidd 44 A "B*tch"
If there's one thing we learned from the first episode of "Empire," Cookie doesn't bite her tongue for anyone. And this week was no different as she stormed into the conference room (as she is known to do) to blast Lucious' artist Kid 44 for causing a scandal around the label. "I've faced bigger in prison with more talent, b*tch!" she blasted. So good.
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14. When She Threw Her Shoe At Lucious
After Lucious called her a "hood rat" and refused to treat Jamal with the same respect he shows Hakeem, Cookie reacted by hurling her very fierce shoe at him from down the hall. Luckily, her assistant Porsha was around to fetch her show afterwards.
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15. When She Wore this Outfit
Need we say more?
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16. When She Happened To Be On The Steps Of The Courthouse To Give A Comment
Does Cookie have a comment on the current controversy surrounding the Empire label? Hell yeah she does. We just love how she happened to be outside the courthouse to chat with cameras. Of course she held nothing back and called out Lucious for pretty much being a sell out.
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17. When She Wore This Fierce Gown
Cookie attended the opening of Lucious' new club wearing this bold and fashionable gown. Two snaps and yasss honey!
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18. When She Kicked Porsha Out
Cookie's relationship with her new (ghetto) assistant Portia kept us laughing. We totally know chicks just like her… laying down on the job, always on the phone, wearing heels and jeans knowing she's about to have much walking to do. So accurate.
Taraji P. Henson Is Serving On The Cover Of Glamour Magazine was originally published on hellobeautiful.com