WCW’s to Follow Beyond Looks for #WomensHistoryMonth
Read all about Taraji Henson, Karol G, and Yara Shahidi.
As Beyoncé has made clear, women rule the world, but they especially dominate the Internet on Wednesdays. The phrase and popular hashtag “WCW” stands for Woman Crush Wednesday, and it is primarily used to salute the women who are mostly good-looking. However, we want to change the narrative and highlight women who are changing the world and challenging stereotypical norms. With it being Women’s History Month we couldn’t have thought of a better time to do so. Therefore, I will be highlighting women who are currently making history.
How many of you have watched any of Taraji Henson’s movies or tv shows? If you haven’t yet, it’s never too late to start! The 47-year-old actress is killing the game and I’m positive we can expect her to keep at it for years to come. Okay, so let me tell you a “bit” about Taraji…
@iriscovetbook 💋💋💋 #Repost @iriscovetbook ・・・ "I've always been a big supporter of women, even before I got into the industry. I just think overall that needs to be the narrative. Not just in the industry, but in the world, because art imitates life. If we’re artists, then we need to be setting examples for the world. That’s how I was raised, that’s all I know." – @tarajiphenson and #foxybrown #pamgrier talk shop on their shared experiences playing formidable roles for women of color, executing death-defying stunts, and uniting women in entertainment.⠀ ⠀ Interview by Pam Grier , Photography by @alexandersaladrigas @ceruttiandco Styling by @ronnie_hart Hair by @tymwallacehair , Makeup by @ashuntasheriff @tmgpresents , Manicure by @honeynailz @exposureny using @debrorahlippman⠀ ⠀ Editor-in-Chief @marc.sifuentes, Creative Director @herecomeslouis , Associate Editor @benprice4real ⠀ ⠀ Special Thanks to @theplazahotel and Pamela Sharp of Sharp & Associates.⠀ ⠀ Jumpsuit by @dundasworld, Boa by @helmutlang, Earring by @ericksonbeamon, Shoes by @aquazzura @proudmarymovie @empirefox #tarajiphenson #iriscovetbook #empire #hiddenfigures #proudmary #diva #yasss #queen
Taraji P. Henson is from Washington D.C. and was studying electrical engineering at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University before deciding she wanted to transfer to Howard University to study drama. Taraji has a lot more in common with the average college student than you think. In order to put herself through school, she worked two jobs. She was working as a secretary during the mornings and as a singing-dancing waitress at a dinner-cruise ship during the evenings.
Like many other actors, Taraji began her Hollywood career by making guest-role appearances on several television shows. It wasn’t until 2001 when she had her big breakthrough for her role in Baby Boy. A few years later, in 2005, she received critical praise for playing a prostitute in Hustle & Flow. In 2008, she played the role of a single mother of a disables child in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In 2015, Henson won the Critics Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Cookie Lyon in the Fox drama series Empire. With this accolade, she became the first African American woman ever to win the award! She’s also been nominated for two Emmy Awards.
Only two years ago, in 2016, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. That same year, she released a New York Times best-selling autobiography titles Around the Way Girl: A Memoir. Not to mention, during this year she also received praise for her starring role as Katherine Johnson in the critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures. Henson won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for this film.
So, you’re probably thinking what makes Taraji so great? Well, everything I just mentioned! Not only is she a bad-ass, hardworking individual but she’s also constantly praising her female counterparts in Hollywood. And what’s better than women supporting other women? Nothing. Oh, and did I mention she is a single mother?! She really is a supermom. She’s a great influencer for single mothers everywhere by demonstrating that it is possible to accomplish anything and everything you set your mind to.
As you may know (I hope you do), International Women’s Day was last week on March 8th and Barbie introduced several ‘Shero’ dolls in honor of the special day that celebrates women all over the globe. Well, Henson’s character in Hidden Figures was included in the collection! If this doesn’t convince you how much of a bad-ass woman she is, I don’t know what will.
We celebrate Taraji not only for being a beautiful woman but also for her work in the industry and for always shedding light on her female peers. We also wanna give it up to her for doing the damn thing all while raising her child as a single mom!
Now, let me introduce you to our second WCW this week. She is the Colombian beauty, best known as Karol G. The 27-year-old is a reggaeton singer-songwriter and is currently one of the best in the game.
Karol G was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia. During her childhood, she participated in the talent show, X Factor. She later decided to further her education at the University of Antioquia, where she studied music. Somewhere along her journey, she decided to move to New York to pursue her musical career. In 2006, she began using her stage name, Karol G.
In 2013, the Colombian singer collaborated with Puerto Rican reggaeton artist, Nicky Jam, which led to the release of the single “Amor De Dos.” The track became extremely popular in Colombia and the visual currently holds more than 93 million views on YouTube.
In 2017, she linked up with Puerto Rican trap artist Bad Bunny and released a song titled “Ahora Me Llama.” The track became popular quickly and has gained over 572 million views on YouTube.
Her musical success is something that should be celebrated by women everywhere because as some people may know, there is a wide gender gap in urban music, especially when it comes down to Latin urban. When she talked about this issue, she stated the following in Spanish, “Women should be given more space in urban music. The genre has evolved a lot both on the musical level and in the lyrics that are now not so hardcore. It’s a good opportunity now for us.”
Not only is Karol G killing it in the reggaeton scene but she hopes to inspire women to pursue their musical dreams, especially when it comes down to urban music. I think it’s safe to say she’s doing a phenomenal job at it. Especially since she’s talked about it in public so she’s getting the message across to her fans. If any of my fellow Latinas (or Latinos) haven’t listened to her, make sure you check out the visual to “Ahora Me Llama” down below.
Our last WCW of the week is the young queen Yara Shahidi. Yara is most known for her role of Zoey Johnson in the ABC sitcom Black-ish, but she’s much more than an actress. Yara is also a model and activist, and does an amazing job on speaking out about social issues!
Shahidi acquired the role of Zoey back in 2014 and even received the NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Two years later, she signed to model with New York’s Women Management modeling agency, in hopes of providing a platform to see more women of color in diverse roles. In 2017, ABC announced that Yara would be starring in the Black-ish spinoff, Grown-ish. The series premiered this year on January 3rd.
Last year, the 18-year-old gave her fans a huge announcement. She revealed she will be attending Harvard University and study social studies. Due to her busy work schedule, Yara might have to defer college a bit longer than anticipated–but there is no doubt that once she’s there, she’ll become one of the university’s top scholars. I mean, she got our former first lady, Michelle Obama to write up a letter of recommendation for her! That has to mean something!
Yara is quite active on social media, but not just to show fans her latest selfies, she rather uses these outlets as platforms to speak about social issues. This doesn’t mean we don’t get graced with her stunning photos, cause we do! But Yara has been more than open when it comes to talking about racial issues, gender equality, and even immigration reform. She’s also all about uplifting her peers and those surrounding her.
Yara is an amazing role model for girls all over the world. Especially young girls of color. She not only is a perfect example of what it means to be a hard worker, but she is also a very inspiring young woman. More than anything, she wants to inspire young girls to speak out about the issues that are important to them and to never stop following their dreams. Yara aspires to create several platforms in hopes of seeing women and girls of color in diversified roles. Well, I believe it’s safe to say the young actress is heading on the right path to making that a reality. We highlight Yara for being such an extraordinary role model for young girls everywhere but for also being an outspoken individual!
If you haven’t watched her sitcom Grown-ish, stream the trailer down below.