Taraji P. Henson

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Taraji P. Henson is dominating on the small screen and burning up the pages of Essence Magazine all at once.

Covering the magazine’s November 2015 issue, the first lady of Empire looks stunning in a curve-hugging black dress with burt orange detailing and thigh-high slits to die for, complimented by flawless make up and sleek hair.

Speaking with Essence about the continued success of the show and popularity of her role, Taraji says she hopes her new fans will also get a feel for who she is as an actress apart from the show as well.

“Even though people are just now finding me as Cookie, thank God for Netflix because people are so moved by my performance they’re like, ‘Where has she been?’ I’ve always said I want to do the type of work that people study.”

The Emmy and Academy award-nominated stunner also had a few choice words about the importance of perfecting her craft in the midst of what she calls the “reality tv” generation of actors and actresses.

“These kids are thinking they can do reality TV and come and do this craft that I studied, sweated and grinded,” says Henson. “People forget it’s a craft because it’s so pop now…Can they make me believe the words coming out of their mouth?”

The November 2015 issue of Essence official hits stands on October 16.

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