Cover Girl: Nine Times Taraji P. Henson Slayed Us in Print

The Empire star is a bonafide stunner.

Slay! - The recent issue of Essence proves that Oscar-nominee and Empire star Taraji P. Henson is flawless. To celebrate her new cover, here?s a walk down memory lane of all the times she slayed us with her beauty and inspiring words. By Kellee Terrell  (Photo: Essence Magazine, November 2015)

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Slay! - The recent issue of Essence proves that Oscar-nominee and Empire star Taraji P. Henson is flawless. To celebrate her new cover, here?s a walk down memory lane of all the times she slayed us with her beauty and inspiring words. By Kellee Terrell (Photo: Essence Magazine, November 2015)

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Slay!

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Glamour Girl

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Curly Cues

Vintage Pin-Up - This sexy vintage pin-up look for the Feb/March 2015 issue of Uptown was one of Henson?s best covers yet. She addressed the media stereotypes of Black women and how she nuances her roles, especially that of Cookie.   ?I played a lot of characters that could?ve been borderline stereotypical women, but my job as an actress is to make the audience understand and empathize with the people. She [Cookie] wears me out, but I know this woman. I?ve done my research inside and out.?  (Photo: Uptown Magazine, February/March 2015)

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Vintage Pin-Up

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Homies for Life - This old-school cover from the May 2009 Ebony issue shows how deep and long Henson and Viola Davis?s friendship has been. That year, the two were both nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture at the Academy Awards.  ?We looked right at each other, we connected,? says Henson. ?We had to have that moment, just for each other, to let each other know, ?You know what? It?s still all good.??  (Photo: Ebony Magazine, May 2009)

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Homies for Life

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Leading Ladies

Girl on Fire - In the March issue of Emmy, Henson and Terrence Howard open up about their hot on-screen chemistry. Henson also opens up about her 2009 Oscar nod and how her late father told her it was just the beginning.  "Time went on, and I'm getting older. I ain't no spring chicken. I'm thinking, 'Maybe the Oscar [nod] was it.' Then [Empire] comes along, and it blows up, and it's like, 'Okay, Daddy, this is what you were talking about.' He saw this moment right here."  (Photo: Emmy Magazine, July 2015)

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Girl on Fire

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Blue Jean Goddess    

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Hot Mama

Cookie Monster - Having worked together on 2006?s Hustle and Flow, Henson and Howard have that bond and closeness that transcends to this 2015 Entertainment Weekly cover. Henson talks about how she didn?t want this role if Howard couldn?t be her leading man.  "I just knew it had to be him," she said. "When I read the script, I was like, 'This is that deep love that you can't explain, that you just see, and Terrence and I have that for each other."  (Photo: Entertainment Weekly Magazine, March 2015)

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Cookie Monster