[Close-Up] Tessa Thompson Serves Glam Curls For ‘Marie Claire’ July 2019

Tessa Thompson X Marie Claire July 2019
Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside

Men In Black actress Tessa Thompson serves up glam curls in her dreamy cover spread for Marie Claire. Tessa is goddess goals with her free-flowing tresses styled up by celeb hairstylist Lacy Redway (who is a queen of slaying textured tresses) and contoured beauty beat and pops of lip color painted on by makeup artist Alex Babsky.

For her fashion looks, J. Errico draped her in elegant looks from Chanel, Michael Kors, Kate Spade and more.

Tessa Thompson X Marie Claire July 2019
Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside

Inside, she talks pay equity, race and opportunities, and avoiding celebrity.


On contract negotiations:

“When we are having the conversation around how we structure our deals, I said, ‘I understand who Chris Hemsworth is and who I am not relative to him, globally and otherwise. But in the success of the film, that changes. In success, I want equity. Because then you can’t make the same argument.”

Tessa Thompson X Marie Claire July 2019
Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside

On working with directors of color:

“It remains the only way,” she declares. “I look at actresses who are not of color and at the opportunities that they’re presented in terms of directors wanting to make work for them. When I look at my contemporaries of color, it’s only other artists of color who are doing that in a real, robust way.”

Click through to check out the rest of the spread lensed by Thomas Whiteside.

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