Taraji P. Henson in Kayat at the “Think Like A Man Too” World Premiere

Posted on June 10, 2014

As we so often say, we want to like this…


Taraji-P-Henson-Think-Like-Man-Too-Premiere-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Taraji P. Henson attends the “Think Like A Man Too” World Premiere in Hollywood, California in a Kayat dress.

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While we love seeing a print on the RC, and this print in particular looks pretty great on her, the fabric looks like upholstery. For an outdoor furniture set. And that neckline is doing her no favors at all. In fact, we don’t understand how you stand in front of a mirror – let alone in front of a stylist, best friend and/or best gay – and not wind up coming to the conclusion that this dress is a terrible choice for you.

And since we’re being blunt, we may as well go all the way: Her hair and (very PURPLE) makeup look absolutely terrible and her bag is totally Free Gift With Purchase. It’s just overall … not good. Not good at all.

Taraji, sweetie, what happened here? What can we do to get this to not happen again?





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  • Karen Belgrad

    The manicure is cringe worthy as well…Clay talons?

    • shirab

      Was just coming here to say the nails are killing me. They remind me of something but I can’t decide what. Glue? Slime? Something in that family, anyway.

      • Same here. I am trying to identify the color as something I associate with yuck… Do it yourself cornstarch play goop?

      • Kimbolina

        Reminds me of dirty Silly Putty. Pretty sure I had some Silly Putty when I was a kid that started out light purple and eventually turned that color after playing with it too much and sticking it to too many newspapers.

    • Kristi Mitchell

      Can we PLEASE be done with the pointy I’m-going-roast-young-children-in-my-cauldron-talons already? I loath the person who convinced everyone in hollywood that they are a good look.

  • sugarkane105

    Lotta boob at this premiere. Lotta boob.

    • Grumpy Girl

      Like someone took the name of the premiere too literally. Think like a man–TWO, see, here they both are, on display . . ..

    • smayper

      Yup, ad I’m hating it. It’s taking away from the clothes and the faces, IMO. Also, TLo are so right about this particular neckline. Even in the world of boob-displaying fashion (which I dislike), it’s terrible.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Is the highly visible boobage display meant to indicate to men that they can go see this movie without losing their manhood? Nothing wrong with a well-done V-neck, and giving the girls some air,but Henson and Rowland have the girls out front and center, and it’s rather tacky

      • Kent Roby

        A plunging neckline can look chic and elegant on a woman who is a bit flatter, but once you get to baby-head territory it skews very Frederick’s of Hollywood.

    • Kent Roby

      Again with a “Girls Night Out” look.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        And you just know that they had a box wine in the cut-rate limo they took to the premiere.

        • Kent Roby

          Yes, that; but I was also pointing out that she and Kelly had their “girls” out at this premiere!

  • teensmom99

    I love her and wish she would get the parts recognition she deserves but this is doing her no favors. I think the bottom half of the dress could work–though what is that material? So sad about the rest (hair, top, etc).

    • FuhUgh

      I believe that material is my grandfather’s old seat covers from his red 1976 Thunderbird.

    • Kent Roby

      In that dress, she is getting plenty of “parts recognition”!

      • teensmom99

        whoops–I guess my omitting the word “and” was Freudian.

  • Sara P.

    If all that sternum/boobiness is meant to distract us from the fact that the dress is made out of Ikea floor mats… it’s not working.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      that’s a lotta refund gap….

    • kimmeister

      Floor mats are a good comparison, although I was thinking cheap ponchos.

      • Brian G. Cox

        Dish towels was my first impression.

      • MoHub

        Cloth picnic placemats.

      • Mary Lauer

        Picnic tablecloth was my first thought.

    • Even with the body glitter all over them – still not enough.

  • NMMagpie

    This is definitely a “gonna-go-out-and-get-lucky” outfit.

    • halleygee

      The hair makes it look more just-got-lucky-5-minutes-ago.

      • kerryev

        And that last shot, where the eye makeup looks smeared too? Walk of shame.

  • Glam Dixie

    That dress looks like a rug or a throw for the sofa. Hair and makeup are dated and not flattering. oof

  • Mary Carpenter

    It reminds me of a vintage bedspread that I own.

  • “Free Gift With Purchase”

    Nailed it. Maybe that’s where the purple make up came from….

  • MilaXX

    I just wish lady celebs would choose boobs or legs. Taraji is too pretty for this unfortunate look.

    • smallgirlsaretrouble

      Agreed. The neckline and front split almost meet!

  • Wink

    That fabric looks itchy. I’m certain she had to soak in an oatmeal bath when she got home.

  • another_laura

    Oh GAWD no. Misfires everywhere. The fabric is awful, the fit is awful, the rhinestones are awful, the makeup is clashing, the hair looks fried, the purse is totally chip in a chip way. Way to make a lovely woman look horrible, stylists!

    • Judih1

      You nailed it!

  • James

    I think it’s clear her underboob was itchy from the fabric, and in an attempt to fix that she accidentally ripped that dress in half with those metal talons of hers. Oopsie.

  • GillianHolroyd

    All-weather outdoor rug, made from polypropylene. Like you see in Chinatown. I sense Stella…

  • DagnyReardon

    The fabric actually looks like MESH outdoor furniture. That’s why are boobs are oozing out. Shame because she is so naturally beautiful.

  • Coco Cornejo

    My mother had dishtowels made of that fabric.

  • susan6

    It looks OK from the back, but that’s only because of what god gave her, not the dress. The big JBF hair might work with the right dress, but not this one. (Nothing really “works” with this dress.)

    • kittentoes

      A flamethrower might work.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    The dress is a real shame because she looks like she’s feelin’ it.

  • gotgreyhound

    I’m going to go against the flow and say I love the dress. Her hair and makeup are a mess, and I don’t quite like the slit height or sparkly belt, but the pattern is to die! And the fabric looks like an ‘interesting knit’ to me, like she’s making a bold, kooky choice, not like lawn furniture at all. You go, Taraji!!

  • Qitkat

    Anyone familiar with the old tried and true rule of “if you can hold a pencil with your boobs”…

  • Thomas

    She looks like she went to the LaToya Jackson School for Cosmetics.

  • lexilexi

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see this on TLo’s “year’s worst” list.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Oh. I thought from the thumbnail I was going to like this.

    I do like the color and pattern on her, a lot, and the design (except the neckline). The fabric is too heavy and the weave is too open to support the construction. And what’s this trend of exposing half your chest down to your navel? That looks good maybe one out of ten times, so why go there?

    The styling is atrocious. She’s gorgeous with a great figure; she needs a stylist who will enhance her abundance of assets.

  • @Biting Panda

    Oh honey. Are you alright? Is there something going on at home? Do we need to talk? This is screaming “cry for help”, in the worst possible way.

    • mickiemonkey

      Exactly! When you go out in a dress that looks like pieced together dish cloths, people are gonna talk! You look like you got done up at Walmart.

  • Imasewsure

    Hawt mess… wait…. just a mess… gorgeous woman though… just not today 🙁

  • zuzu

    I didn’t know Chilewich had branched out into eveningwear!

  • Tracy_Flick

    The fabric reminds me of those serape-like long-sleeve top/jacket things you can get in Tijuana. And honestly, that would probably be a more flattering cut than this dress.

    • Thomas

      Poncho material?

    • kimmeister

      Ha, I just referred to them as cheap ponchos above!

  • decormaven

    And is that a hint of glitter powder in the decolletage? You are too fine for this look, dear.

  • dash1211

    I just want to grab those straps and tie them around her neck. Lordy.

  • hughman

    “Foxy Brown : The Problem Years”

  • kimmeister

    I don’t hate the purple makeup (although it should have been eyes or lips, not both) but they’re totally wrong for this dress. The addition of the blingy belt is totally ridiculous. She probably chose this dress based on the rear/side view, because it’s pretty spectacular. She’s much tinier than I realized.

  • RL McGruder

    I’d like this with a LOT of alterations. It doesn’t seem like it fits up top – I’d like that halter to be closer together. I don’t like the train at all. The diamonelle trim is awful; make it a solid silver band, or an old-school ’70s skinny mesh belt. No to the location of the slit; if she has to have it, I’d like to see it on the side. Weirdly, though – I’d be intrigued with this as a jumpsuit.

  • majorbedhead

    Oh wow. That is just…unfortunate.

    I seem to remember my mother made me a jumper out of this material when I was 5. In 1972.

  • icm

    I love the patio furniture reference! I think my parents had some of those webbed/woven aluminium lawn chairs that had a fabric that looked like this.

  • what not

    I just can’t with these kinds of movies (gender stereotypes out the wazoo seeming one of the few ways people of color can get into a film), so I’m totally biased. But the hair, makeup, dress, bag, the ticky-tacky belt part, the movie–everything’s a sloppy mess. Except her ass, which looks fantastic.

  • Danielle

    That’s a whole lotta boob, miss lady.

  • Constant Reader

    Wow. Beautiful woman, fantastic body, bad styling choices all around.

  • Lisalady161

    Ouf. The hair is a hot mess, too.

  • SugarSnap108

    Lawn furniture in dress form, paired with a makeup bag from Ricky’s. Seriously, how did this happen?

  • marlie

    Her hair looks like she fell asleep on one side of her head. I like the print, and I like the dress, but the bodice is too open. It doesn’t fit with the overall proportions of the rest of the dress. And whoever thought that was the right shade of lipstick should be fired.

  • Lex

    Daaaaamn that is some straight up hoochie hair. She just roll outta bed? As for the dress, not a fan of “forced boob spreading.”

  • elemspbee

    oh gosh. royal mess is what this is. wtf w the hair? the uneven boob-age.

  • Amber J

    That is a dress for a woman far less endowed in the chest region.

  • BLauD

    Itchy scratchy grandma couch. I’m getting hives just thinking of the texture.

  • Katie

    I think the middle slit is too high. It makes this feel like a 70s pantsuit.

  • madeofcarbon

    it actually looks like the fabric is made of seed beads, judging by how it hangs, which makes me slightly more impressed. Unfortunately the overall effect is just… blah.

  • Diane Iafrate

    Her hair looks like she fell asleep on the lounge chair they made that dress from

  • stubbornthoughts

    UGH. That fabric is so sad.

  • C.T.

    She’s beautiful… And she always slays! Absolutely gorgeous! I wonder if many (any) Black celebs “make the mark” with your column… no surprise you’re not thrilled.

    • KinoEye

      Lupita N’yongo and her fashion have been highly praised by the uncles since before her Oscar win. In the year I’ve read the blog, they’ve also praised Oprah, Beyonce, Rihanna, Naomie Harris, Nicki Minaj, Michelle Obama (not that I’m counting her as a celeb, but she’s featured often) Angela Bassett, Iman, and many other women. Not to mention the men — Idris Elba and Michael B Jordan, off the top of my head.

      Kelly Rowland was featured earlier today, and apart from her blouse, they seemed to think she “made the mark.”

      • marlie

        Octavia Spencer is a favorite, too.

    • livesarah

      Look, I disagreed with them on this one but you are totally barking up the wrong tree here. Or just totally barking…

    • SweetJess MeanGreen

      This really isn’t a good look for Taraji. I’ve seen her look a thousand times better.

      • Kathy

        She brought Goddess realness to the 2012 NAACP Image Awards red carpet.

    • You “wonder” whether our dislike of her outfit is because she’s black and whether we have a habit of such judgements – WITHOUT EVEN BOTHERING TO CHECK? You just threw out a charge like that with no evidence whatsoever? Fuck you. You’re out of here.

    • @Biting Panda

      It’s obvious from your Disqus postings that you are a Super Fan. Congrats. But you should know that blindly accusing people of racism is probably not the best way to support your celeb of choice.

  • snarkykitten

    Well…her manicure looks nice ???

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Somewhere in Hollywood sit the denuded frames of a couple of folding lawn chairs, and the world is the worst for it. Taraji, you and your stylist need to sit down and get a better feel for what will do justice to you. You should look so much more fierce.

  • judybrowni

    When one breast is going east, and another heading west, this is Not. The. Neckline. For. You.

  • rkdgal

    Purple lipstick is a pretty hard sell for anyone, despite what Pantone’s color of the year and Sephora would have us believe.

  • nannypoo

    She’s a really pretty and sophisticated-looking woman and this total boobfest is way beneath her. Ick.

  • a_liking

    I actually love the drag queen head, but that dress is supremely unflattering.

  • livesarah

    I like the dress, save for the split. Makeup and clutch need to go, but overall she gets a pass.

  • CommentsByKatie

    I don’t mind the hair and purple face, but the dress is absolutely awful. Like, end of the year Top Ten awful.

  • SierraDelta

    Oh, Taraji, honey, you’re so much better than this outfit. Or this movie.

    You’re a talented actress who can command the screen effortlessly; you’re luminous in everything I’ve ever seen you in; and you project authenticity with every cell in your body.

    We BKs are collectively going to pretend with you that this never happened. We’ll all pinky swear, while drinking champagne and reading movie scripts to find one worthy of you. We’ll totally help you pick out the outfit you’ll wear when you win your Oscar — just remember to thank us in your acceptance speech, and we’re all good.

  • flamingoNW

    That is “oops, ran out of time” hair if I ever saw it. I would like that dress if it weren’t for the tragic neckline.

  • Heather

    I had that lip gloss in 1995.

  • MoHub

    Not a print. The design appears to be woven into the fabric.

  • Kathy

    I love me some Taraji and really miss her on Person of Interest. She’s so talented and beautiful, but yeah, gotta agree with you about this look, Uncles. I checked out your other posts for her and, in the 2012 NAACP Image Awards red carpet post, she looked so fab. This time, not so much.

  • I love the fabric.

  • Anplica Fiore

    I thought she was wearing a jump suit with that center slit. Ewww

  • Patrick Cleary

    At first I thought this was a jumpsuit, and I kind of loved it. I would really kind of love it if it were indeed a jumpsuit.

  • RussellH88

    This looks like a dress made out of my dishtowels. I’m not even joking.

  • OhSheila

    I think her hair and makeup are AWESOME. I have no idea what it has to do with this outfit, however. That v in the front should be taken in drastically and let the back be a showstopper.

    Honestly, I’ve seen a rundown of this whole red carpet. The women got this so very wrong and trashtastic, in general.

  • Accademia di Moda

    Not her best look, but the dress could be ultra flattering with just a few improvements: 1. Definitely different fabric! We agree this look like old furniture! She should have gone with a beautiful floral or bold geometric print. 2. A slightly higher back. Granted it’s meant to be dramatic, it’s a little too low for her body type. 3. The neckline, where do we begin. The easiest way to fix this is by adding possibly a sheer fabric with a little sparkle! Tis way it still has the sharp neckline, but allows it to become slightly more flattering. Love the hair, maybe a more polished makeup look too and she’d be comanding the Red Carpet!

  • Gatto Nero

    Everything you said, uncles. Likewise the paste-on nails.

  • Starts with K

    It bothers me to no end when plaids don’t line up on the side seam. I get super twitchy.
    And is it ever a good idea to match your lipstick to your eye shadow?

  • merciblahblah

    Serving up LaToya Jackson realness in that third pic down. Seriously. She looks exactly like the album cover I roller-skated to in my basement (album courtesy of a win at the school carnival). Impromptu roller-rink complete with red light bulb and ironing-board turned bar. Straight up Studio 54 in the suburbs.

  • DeTrop

    TLO nails it – again.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    On the bright side, her butt looks awesome. On the negative side… Everything else. The makeup, the hair, the bag, the fabric, that hideous neckline… Ugh.

  • PinkyK

    Her butt looks great but that’s about it.

  • boweryboy

    For some weird reason I will never understand, purple seems to be the default make-up color choice for many black women (all of my sisters are guilty of this).

  • JP

    I was thinking the fabric looked like a woven poncho I had in college.

  • KayEmWhy

    Is she preggers?

  • macwell

    Its.either the fit or her body type nor both, but – it’s not working for me.

  • Beautiful woman. Awful dress.

  • JynxTheCat

    pulled off the window or chaise in a 70s den. Dun like one bit.

  • TinaBelchersawkwardmoan

    I feel like this pattern looks like those ponchos you can buy at state fairs that were really popular with surfers in the 90210 era. Which makes me assume it smells a bit like wet sheep and that it is itchy like a motherfucker.

  • altermyego

    What neckline?
    But her butt looks fabulous.