The actress looks super sexy in a simple white henley shirt and jeans, captured for the cover of the glossy's annual Pop issue by the photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Her smoky eye makeup and slick, wet hair add to a sultry look that was styled by W style director Edward Enninful. The image immediately reminded us of Diana Ross' 1980 "Diana" album cover, which means Diana Ross is also everywhere these days: Henson's Allure shoot was a nod to the legendary singer, too.
Henson's role as Cookie on "Empire" has secured her spot as one of TV's most beloved characters, and now she's officially a style star, according to Stefano Tonchi, W's editor-in-chief: “As Cookie, Henson has become an indelible pop-fashion icon,” he states in the issue.
"Empire" fans and Henson agree.
“They see [Cookie's] heart. They see her intentions. And they love her style -- her style is 17 years behind the fashion curve, which makes the clothes a character on the show," Henson told W. "As Cookie grows, you’ll see her fashion grow. And people love that -- she’s a work in progress. The only thing that never changes is her spirit: To me, Cookie is living, breathing, walking truth.”
Check out a behind-the-scenes video above and a few more photos from Henson's W shoot below (warning: one may be NSFW). What do you think?
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