February 17, 2021
Taraji P. Henson wished her followers a happy Valentine's Day with a stunning photo shared on her Instagram page. The "Empire" actress looked phenomenal in a uniquely styled ensemble.
Actress Taraji P. Henson is the queen of self-love and self-care and she's always in the mood to uplift her 16 million followers' spirits. On Valentine's Day, she delighted her fans with a cool photo of herself clad in designer wear. She captioned:
"Happy Valentine’s Day sweeties and tarts."
In the photo, Henson looked glamorous as she posed in the sunshine. She was dressed in a long Gucci coat which was tied at the waist and a colorful headscarf over her bold red tresses.
The actress's calm energy radiated from the picture as she posed with her eyes closed and her hands in her pockets. Behind her was a leaf-print backdrop and there were two unique antiques positioned next to her.
Henson, who recently rocked her fiery magenta locks while announcing the 2021 Golden Globe nominees, was the epitome of "Black girl magic" in her latest post but for the actress, being a strong Black woman is more complicated than that.
[Henson] realized that as a Black woman, she often felt trapped by the pressure to be strong and magical.
Having graduated from Howard University, an HBCU school, the "Acrimony" actress was accustomed to Black excellence and Black pride, but as she grew up, she realized the toxicity of some of the labels given to Black women.
During an interview with Coveteur, Henson opened up about her experiences as a Black woman and how she came to realize that true strength lies in holistic wellness rather than a catchy phrase. She explained:
"Most times, because we’re too busy trying to be strong, we haven’t even been able to identify when we’re in crises because we’re used to operating like that.”
The "Hidden Figures" actress further clarified how she realized that as a Black woman, she often felt trapped by the pressure to be strong and magical that she often neglected their own physical and mental health.
Henson, who is a single mom, admitted that it took her a long time to appreciate the importance of putting herself first. She also credited the pandemic for allowing her to relax, take vacations, and let her guard down.
Henson's enlightenment inspired her to start the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to bring awareness to mental health issues in Black communities. Together with her friend, Tracie Jade Jenkins, the actress took her passion to a bigger platform.
She and Jenkins co-host "Peace of Mind With Taraji P. Henson" where they've sat down with celebrity guests like Tamar Braxton and Gabrielle Union. Their goal is to provide support and resources to those who need them and can't afford therapy.