Something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. It started a few weeks ago when I ended up reading an article about Steve Urkel. I can’t remember how I found that post but it gave me a lot of nostalgia about the television I watched growing up. There was The Cosby Show and A Different World. And Family Matters. And The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. And oh my God, 227!
What happened in the 90s and onwards?
We are starting now to see more diversity (again?) on TV. And that diversity is showing up, slowly, in magazines, and in style. For a couple of years there, Kerry Washington was carrying it. Then came Lupita, basically without peer in film. And now, Taraji P Henson too, due to the success of Empire, is becoming a fashion person. I wrote about this last week after her appearance in Monaco – click here for a refresher – and her growing access to the top labels. Check her out on the cover of the new issue of W. Cookie is now high fashion editorial. And no, it’s not *just* fashion. It’s also about availability and opportunity. It’s about perception. And it’s also about Hollywood hierarchy.
You already know that film is traditionally considered to be superior to television. But everyone’s saying that television is doing more than film right now. That film is stifling, that television encourages more creative thrive. You could say then that Taraji, at 44 years old, is wearing all of that.
Click here to see more photos from her W shoot and to read the article.