Academy award nominated actress and producer Taraji P. Henson is the very first celebrity to be featured on The Spinsters Union and she’s doing double duty as the Spotlight Spinster and Style Star. Ms. Henson aka Cookie Lyons from Fox’s mega hit show Empire has been a Hollywood fixture for decades, crossing between film and TV. She has starred in Baby Boy, Hustle & Flow, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Think Like A Man, Think Like A Man Too and the CBS Show Person of Interest.
However, its as the infamous Cooke Lyons that she portrays the ultimate mix a sexy and streetwise ladyboss donning tight dresses, bold jewelry and luxurious furs. Just the month of June she graced both the covers of Allure and W magazines. Not to be out be outdone by her TV alter ego, Taraji herself is a fashion forward and red carpet favorite.
Who can forget her blush colored tiered ball gown at the 2009 Oscars when she was nominated for an Oscar for her role on Benjamin Button. She consistently chooses fashion forward pieces with a sexy yet lady like edge. And the woman knows how to accessorize with her hair – each red carpet look she hits the carpet/event with a coiffure worthy of praise.
Though I bow down at her sartorial choices it’s her talent, boldness and business choices, that I also want to recognize and celebrate. Clearly always a risk taker, after becoming pregnant while a junior in college at Howard University she not only graduated, but moved to Los Angeles with her son Marcel and only $700.00. She has proven longevity and have managed to play very diverse roles and somehow managed not to get typecast. Ms. Henson not only start in the 2014 film No Good Deed which opened at #1 and grossed over 54 million dollars, she executive produced the film.
For her romantic life she has never married and has been vocal about being selective when choosing a mate. She was recently quoted during an interview Gayle King at the American Black Film Festival in New York City as saying “Im not going to have a man just to have man. If you’re not adding to my happiness, then…”
As her son goes off to college and her star continues to rise, we celebrate our Spotlight Spinster and Style Spinster: Taraji P. Henson.
Featured photo: Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon on EMPIRE premiering Wednesday, Jan 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ¬©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Michael Lavine/FOX