#WomanCrushWednesday: Taraji P. Henson

#WomanCrushWednesday: Taraji P. Henson

Not a cookie cutter

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Getty Images

As season two of Empire premieres, we anticipate Cookie's return, played by the sassy force that is Taraji P. Henson. Here are five things we learned from her Instagram

1. She's a fan of Michael Jackson.


Sure, who isn't? According to Henson, she was in love with the King of Pop when he was in his Jackson 5 days, "like really IN LOVE". You know it's true love when the use of caps lock is involved.

2. She had a mushroom cut when she was in the ninth grade, and made it work.

young Taraji P Henson

We all had our fair share of unfortunate cuts (heck, some of us are still in therapy for that trauma), but Henson took it to the next level with a bowl cut that sported a similarity to the humble mushroom. However, we spotted no shame in this picture — just a confident, toothy-grinned young woman ready to take on the world.

3. She has a security bunny.

Bunny Chronicles

Because blankets are overrated. Her stuffed toy makes several appearances on her Instagram, accompanying the actress on her travels — just look up #BunnyChronicles. We've never been jealous of a stuffed bunny until now.

4. She learned how to serve up some attitude from Bette Davis.

Betty Davis Taraji P Henson

Nobody throws shade like Cookie. While she doesn't swear on the show (she's a lady, after all), she manages to raise hairs with as little as a stare — you can say she's got Bette Davis eyes. 

5. She enjoys memes, notably ones featuring Cookie.

Taraji P Henson meme

We reckon there's a meme album in her mobile. Henson loves reposting fan-made memes of Cookie's many expressions — our favourite has to be this one, which you can use for just about any current issue: Malaysian politics, hazy weather, or the iPhone 6s.

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