Taraji P. Henson Proudly Shows Off Her Red Afro

"Hair that defies gravity!!!"

Taraji P Henson
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Taraji P. Henson has long been an advocate in Hollywood for women and Black empowerment. The Empire actress consistently uses her social platforms to speak out against racial injustices, and she's made her stance even clearer following the deaths of George FloydBreanna Taylor, and countless others at the hands of police officers. Henson makes it clear in everything she does that she is proud of her Blackness and that she will not be silenced.

On Monday, Henson posted a series of photos showing off her bold and beautiful red Afro in all its glory with the caption: "Hair that defies gravity!!! Hair that grows towards the heavens." She added the hashtags: #BlackandProud #BlackLivesMatter #RockYourFro #PickoutYourFro and #ThrowUpYourFist.

As a follow-up to her stunning selfie, Henson posted a video in which she's picking out her vibrant red fro with the legendary song "Say It Loud—I’m Black and I’m Proud" by James Brown playing in the background.

Earlier this year, the Oscar-nominated actress launched a hair care line tailored for natural hair and scalp care. Hair care has been important to Henson since her college days: "A little secret about me is that if I didn't go into acting, I would have gone into cosmetology," Henson said in an ELLE interview earlier this year.

Throughout her career, Henson has shown us the versatility of natural hair, from silk presses to hair extensions and everything in between.

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Chelsea Hall

Chelsea Hall is the Assistant Fashion and Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers celebrity style, fashion trends, skincare, makeup and anything else tied into the world of fashion and beauty