When you think of powerful women in Hollywood, Taraji P. Henson easily tops the list. Talented and passionate, it’s no surprise that the starlet is one of the select few covering the Variety “Power of Women: New York” issue. Lensed by Cliff Watts, the beauty rocks a flawless face beat and a gorgeous bob styled by Tym Wallace.
Inside the spread, the Empire star gets candid about how she deals with depression, on social media impacting her mental health, struggles women of color face in Hollywood, and so much more.
On dealing with depression:
“I talk to someone,” she shares. “I have a therapist that I speak to. That’s the only way I can get through it. You can talk to your friends, but you need a professional who can give you exercises. So that when you’re on the ledge, you have things to say to yourself that will get you off that ledge and past your weakest moments.”
On social media impacting her mental health:
“Social media is good and it’s bad,” she reveals. “It plays a doozy. Even if life is good for you, you can still get on there and become depressed because people are filtering pictures and living these false lives, and it makes you second guess yourself – not intentionally, it just does.”
On struggles women of color face in Hollywood:
“Everyone knows our issues,” she explains. “But until the people on the other side who are privileged and have the advantage start speaking up — we can bitch and moan all we want — but until the other privileged side reaches across to help the underprivileged, that’s how that world works.”
Taraji also joins Bette Midler, Kacey Musgraves, Christiane Amanpour and Gigi Hadid as the 6th annual Power of Women honorees.