Taraji P. Henson Talks Summer Wedding, Vegan Life & Being A Boss In INSTYLE + Wakanda Women, Cardi B & More Dubbed Entertainers Of The Year
Taraji P. Henson covers INSTYLE magazine like a boss! Go inside for deets on her summer wedding, living a vegan lifestyle and more. Plus, celebrate with the Wakanda Women and Cardi B for landing on Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of the Year list inside...
Taraji P. Henson is Hollywood's IT girl as she has been slaying every role she's taken on since Baby Boy. These days, she's most famous for her role on FOX's "Empire," but she's currently building and expanding her repretoire of movies with poignant roles. After leading and producing What Men Want, the YBF actress is picking up impactful roles that'll surely stir up some Oscar buzz - like her upcoming role as civil rights activist Ann Atwater in The Best of Enemies.
While her acting career is taking off, so is her love life. The Hidden Figures star, who covers INSTYLE magazine's January 2019 issue, got engaged to former NFL cornerback Kelvin Hayden last Mother's Day. Now, they're planning a summer wedding! The lovebirds are planning to trek down the aisle in a private, low-key affair, and though her designer friends are offering to make her a dress, Henson is opting for the most efficient route.
“I’m not going to go through 10,000 dresses,” she told INSTYLE magazine. “How does it fit? How do I feel? Does it complement me well? Let’s just go with this one. I know what looks good on me. I’m not going to spend 10 hours on a fitting. I hate that.”
The wedding ceremony will probably take place in July once Taraji finds out if "Empire" will be picked up for a sixth season.
Taraji and Kelvin are living a much healthier life these days after the actress got a warning from a doctor about stomach cancer. The Hollywood actress has adopted the vegan lifestyle to stay in the best shape of her life.
“It took a doctor in Macon, Ga., to say, ‘If you don’t change what you’re doing, you’re going to get stomach cancer.’ I said, ‘Say no more.’ So I switched everything up out of necessity. I want to live. Thank God, because I feel so much better.”
Good for her.
The Hustle & Flow actress also touched on diversity in Hollywood:
“I don’t care if you’re young or old or what color you are, art is so powerful,” she said on the topic of representation. “You can show things to people you’ve never met and you broaden horizons. I don’t take for granted what I have, and I try to use it in any way I can, positively.”
So, what is it like being Taraji P. Henson right now?
“I feel like a boss bitch,” she said, flashing her megawatt grin. “I’m grabbing my nuts, like, ‘Yeah!’ ”
Aye! Not mad.
You can read her full interview here. In the meantime, check out the clip below where Taraji shares what women REALLY want:
Also on the magazine circuit...
2018 has been one hell of a year for several YBF entertainers.
The ladies of Black Panther - Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, and Danai Gurira - made Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of the Year list and posed it up in 2 of 4 magazine covers. The Wakanda Women completely stole the show during the revolutionary superhero flick. Not only that, their presence has inspired the Marvel Cinematic Universe to make great strides in the strong female lead department. And we're here for it.
The glow up! 2018 was a monumental year for Cardi B so, naturally, she made ET's list. She dropped her debut album Invasion of Privacy, had a baby, got married, nabbed tons of endorsement deals and she's still killing it on the music charts.
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@iamcardib has had a stellar year. Her debut studio album is certified double platinum and we're naming her one of our Entertainers of the Year. Swipe through to see photos from our cover shoot with the pop culture phenomenon and click the link in our bio for more on why she's an MVP this year. : @jorafrantzis for EW
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Also, Donald Glover made the list as well:
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This year, there was nothing #DonaldGlover couldn't tackle. That's why he's one of our 2018 Entertainers of the Year. "There are so many of us who are afraid to be free, but I think he’s one of the freest people on the planet," says @lenawaithe of Glover. "I think he really shifted things for people in black Hollywood." Click the link in our bio for more about why he's an entertainment MVP. : Kevin Winter/Getty Images
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Watch the stars reflect on 2018 below:
Photos: Robbie Fimmano via Instyle/Koury Angelo via EW