Taraji P. Henson Poses For Harper’s Bazaar
Taraji P. Henson is flossing her cookie cakes for Harper’s Bazaar’s September issue. During the mod inspired shoot, Tarji spoke candidly on her own personal style compared to Cookie’s, her dating life and revealed that Cookie was not only inspired by Lil Kim but her late dad.
On Cookie being inspired by her father:
“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***. If I ask you a question right now, the first thing that comes in your mind is the truth. But we’ve all been trained to breathe, digest the question, and manipulate the answer. Cookie doesn’t do that.”
On “fair-weather friends” and dating:
Oh, they are coming out of the woodwork.… My son is very in tune with that. My dad said to him, ‘People are going to try to be your friend because of what your mother does.’ That stuck. Even guys who try to be a mentor to him—because, you know, his father was murdered when Marcell was nine—so I was very particular about not dating.” She pauses. “I don’t want to just bring a man around. Marcell knows how to gauge, Are you here for me, or do you like my mother?
I don’t want to just bring a man around. [My son] Marcell knows how to gauge, Are you here for me, or do you like my mother?”
On the type of man she likes:
“He is funny, has personality, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He needs to be confident in who he is, confident to let me be who I am. And let me shine, you know? My light is only going to enhance his light.”
On her style evolving from ghetto fabulous to where it is now:
“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!”
[…] You should see my closet now—black, black, black.”
On relating to Cookie:
“I have a lot of Cookie tendencies that I cannot act on,” she says, adding with a sigh, “You know, I’d go to jail.”
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