By Sarah Oyedo
Your favorite girl from the movie Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish is cover star for Glamour magazine’s latest issue and this time, she brings on a full dose of the #blackgirlmagic.
The Hollywood actress and comedienne styled by Law Roach in Valentino, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Giuseppe Zannoti and Asos, practically lights up the streets of New York City in a series of photos by Bill Kidd.
Haddish, who after over 12 years in the industry shot to the very top of Hollywood’s “it” list after Girls Trip, gets personal on issues that shaped her life as an actress and comedienne, her latest movie Night School and Tyler Perry.
Admitting that her bawdy sense of humor was developed as a defense mechanism after a history of sexual abuse and an assault at 17 she says:
“I notice that men are afraid of women that are aggressive. So to protect myself I become semi-aggressive.
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You hear about, ‘Tiffany always hitting on somebody,’ but that’s to keep them from hitting on me.”
On Tyler Perry and his representation of black women as stereotypical she says:
“I just think that a person is ignorant when they say, “Oh, you’re being a stereotypical black person.” Well, what’s that? Explain that to me, because that’s an actual person, and everybody deserves to see themselves onscreen. I feel like all facets deserve to be seen—from the doctors to the janitors to the baby mamas to the side chicks.”
It’s funny because people are like, “Oh, Tiffany Haddish is ratchet.’ No, I’m your typical chick from the hood. And as ratchet as I might talk, or people think I carry myself, I am making a living portraying myself.”
On her role in Night School: “I don’t mind being a teacher. I always say, ‘If this comedy thing doesn’t work out, I would probably be a sex education teacher.’ I would be the best sex education teacher. I guarantee none of my kids would have STDs after I finish teaching them.”
She also talks about making more money citing Dwayne Jonhsons’ (The Rock) $68 million take, that if he could make that much, she sure can.
According to Haddish, if you can dream it, you can do it. And who are we to argue? “Believing in myself is what got me to where I’m at,” she says. “And when you do that, it comes right back.”
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