It's Tuesday, so that must mean Taraji P. Henson is doing the most to get her name in the news.
Last week it was reported that Taraji was "hospitalized" with the celebrity ailment "dehydration". She even posted an Instagram photo of an IV needle stuck in her arm.
Now she's channeling R&B/Soul Icon Diana Ross on the cover of fashion bible 'W' magazine.
I have no idea why Taraji -- who is too old to be modeling -- is even on the cover of 'W' magazine.
The 44-year-old actress is best known for her role as the feisty and excessively obnoxious "Cookie" in Fox TV's 'Empire' soap opera slash musical.
No, Taraji, you will never be on Miss Ross's level. Your face shows the tell-tale signs of too much plastic surgery. Desperation is never a good look at any age. Please go sit down somewhere until 'Empire' returns to TV.
Channeling the Franceso Scavullo-photographed album artwork of the songstress’ acclaimed 1980 album, Diana, W’s Creative Director Edward Enninful styled Henson for this sensual array of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot photos. Henson is masterfully dodging a nip slip in one photograph while sweat beads artfully roll down her damp features in another.
While a completely different look for Henson, it’s hardly a surprise Diana Ross was a muse for the shoot: As Empire‘s costume designer Rita McGhee revealed to us here at Fusion, Miss Ross’ legendary closet is the only one Cookie would love to raid, with McGhee taking style cues from the diva often.
t’s even more interesting to consider that the Diana album, Ross’ tenth studio production, was the singer’s most successful album to date, spawning the hits “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out.” It was a musical rebirth for the R&B legend, as she reportedly wanted “a fresher, more modern sound,” and was gravitating towards disco music.