In the September issue of Harper's Bazaar, Taraji P. Henson opens up about what it takes to be her man, fashion, and Empire.
He is funny, has personality; he doesn't take himself too seriously. He need to be confident in who he is, confident to let me be who I am. And let me shine, you know?" the Critics' Choice Television Award winner says. "My life is only going to enhance his light.
The actress also spilled on the inspiration behind her infamous character Cookie Lyon, her dad.
He had no buffer. He spoke the truth. It's heroic because in this society we have been trained to be politically correct. Political correctness is bulls--t," the 44-year-old Emmy Award nominated actress tells the mag. "If I ask you a question right now, the first thing that comes in your mind is the truth. But we've all be been trained to breathe, digest the question, and manipulate the answer. Cookie doesn't do that.
I've even worn some of my own stuff, like my Balmain leather. I have to meet [designer] Olivier Rousteing; I need to be his friend.
And when it comes to her own style:
It took me a while to get on the chic bus," she says. "I was coming from the era of Lil' Kim and Mary J. Blige—you know, ghetto fabulous. I came from nothing, I was deprived all my life, so when you get money, you go big!