Over 60 years in the game and Cicely Tyson is still effortlessly slaying magazine covers better than some of your faves. The 94-year old actress graced the cover of TIME’s second annual Optimists issue with director Ava DuVernay serving as guest editor.
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How does an #artist keep her creative vision alive? It’s a concern not just for painters and poets who have been at work for decades; an artist’s vision can be tested at any point in life. For the nine people photographed in the Artists at Every Age portfolio—from 18-year-old poet @kinsalehues to 94-year-old actor #CicelyTyson—what keeps them at work is the possibility of connecting with others. Photographer Djeneba Aduayom wanted to capture the essence of each artist and their relationship to art. “It was about looking through the lens and seeing who they were,” Aduayom tells TIME. Cicely Tyson, the celebrated actor who appears on one of two covers for this week's Optimists issue, speaks to TIME about her storied career, optimism and how her #art has affected others. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @djenebaaduayom for TIME
In the mag, Tyson opened up about everything from her love of acting to why she doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon.
“The reason why I have been in this universe as long as I have been is because he’s not ready for me. When I’ve completed my job, he’ll take me away. I know several people who have retired and then six months later, they’re gone. We have to honor this blessed gift that we have. That’s what keeps you going. Keeps your mind fluid—your heart, your whole being. You can’t just stop, because that will be the end of you.”
Ms. Tyson is the personification of living her best life — and she ain’t going back and forth with y’all. Black Woman Magic at it’s finest.