Som et barn udtrykte hun sig gennem hår og makeup. Som voksen lærte skuespilleren Taraji P. Henson skønheden i accept og selvlidelse.
Jeg har altid haft tillid. Det skyldes, at mine forældre tillod mig at udtrykke mig selv. Og jeg var klar over hår og makeup i en meget ung alder. I think I was in second class when I got into my mother’s makeup. I sat on this dark burgundy lipstick, pulled my eyebrows and put on this blue eye shadow – it was actually quite good. Min mor tog et billede, og du kan se, jeg havde holdning. Min mor sagde, at i began to make my own hair around the same time when I got into makeup. I would come up with these lovely hairstyles. I was brave like a kid, and I took chances. When I was in the 9th grade, I wanted Prince Haircut, so I went and shaved my hair completely, really short. Min mor var så sur, sagde hun: “Forvent ikke jeg skal gøre dit hår nu!” Jeg var som: “Jeg er god!” Det var selvudfoldelse, absolut. I was a single kid, so I had to use my imagination. Og jeg elskede at spille påklædning.
Henson refers to this style as her “mushroom hair”.
I have always loved my eyebrows because of their high arches. Og de er naturlige. Jeg [engang] gjorde en tilbageslagsbarn [bilde], and someone said, “Barn, you were born with shook eyebrows!” Gudskelov, I have never picked them because my mother was spinning her eyebrows away. Jeg ville bare fylde dem. En min veninde var som: “Hvorfor er dine øjenbryn så tyk?” Men det var den stil derpå. Nu handler det hele om den fulde pande. Jeg var foran min tid! Da MAC Cosmetics came out, I could not even afford it. Jeg ville arbejde bare for at give MAC min check. Mænd jeg måtte have den Espresso blyant til min øjenbryn og Åh, Baby [Gloss] til læben. Et øjenbryn og nogle mascara, det var min ting. I also like my eyes. I have a lot of area around my eyes, so I love to play with colors on my lid. [Producent og direktør] John Singletons mor fortalte mig engang, “Du har Bette Davis øjne.” Da han ringede til mig for filmen Hustle & Flow, Han sagde: “Jeg har brug for dine øjne. Jeg har brug for dine øjne.”
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Som barn var jeg rigtig tynd. Ligesom tynd som en skinne. For a long time I would hit my face and make my hair because my hair is really beautiful and big. Fra nakken op var jeg hård, skat. Men fra nakken ned, I would just wear big clothes because I did not want people to point out that I was so thin. Derefter-jeg tror jeg var måske 20-I took off all the baggy clothes. If you wanted to get into the clubs, you had to dress. I put on this little pipe top-back today, we would wear them as skirts. Then I began to compliment my little form and I just got out of the shell. I had my son at 24 o’clock, and he gave me real curves. It’s the store by living – you’ll appreciate different things as you grow older.
Tager på denne aktionsrolle [af en kvinde ved navn Mary i filmen Stolt Mary] skræmte helvede ud af mig. Can I really do this? I’m 47-lad os be right. Men sådan vælger jeg mine roller: If it does not scare me, it means that it will not challenge me, which means I will not grow. I showed myself that I could do it.
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I feel like I’m little Taraji and looks at myself like: “Oh my God, it’s me.” Det føles fantastisk. I will say to my younger self, “Stay in your lane, do not compare yourself [to others] and love yourself first.” You have to start with self-love; It has helped me go away from bad conditions in my life. And the older I got, the more I realized that less is more. These girls in YouTube videos put on layers and layers and layers. You do not even have to do all that. Mænd det er en form for accept. You must accept the palette, and I have accepted it. Jeg elsker det. I do not try to resemble anyone else. Jeg er enestående mig. And so I just accentuate what God gave me. You are outstanding, and you must embrace it. And maybe someone’s shining big, but it’s not stupid.
Taraji P. Henson kan ses i filmen bitterhed, jeg teatre 30. marts.
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