Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe for Essence Magazine

Posted on January 05, 2017

The leading ladies of “Hidden Figures” Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe cover the February 2017 issue of Essence magazine photographed by Warwick Saint.



Taraji P. Henson on the significance of sharing this story:
“When I was growing up, people told me out of their mouths math and science are for boys. I was told that over and over. Like, no one showed me how to fall in love with numbers. If I had a teacher like Mrs. Johnson, who knows, I might be on the moon…”


Octavia Spencer on the impact of her character: “This woman is the mother of all girls who code – Black, White, Latin, Asian, Indian. It all began with Dorothy Vaughn.”


Janelle Monáe on sisterhood in the film: “They knew that they were stronger together…I think they would not have achieved the level of success they did had they not had one another…”



Essence’s February 2017 issue hits newsstands Friday, January 13th.

[Photo Credit: Warwick Saint/Essence Magazine]

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