Welcome to the January 2019 issue of Instyle. Just like that, we’re into another year. My resolution is that now, even more than ever, Instyle will celebrate people who know themselves—and know exactly where they’re going. (Also, this is much easier than going to the gym.)
Just looking at the brilliant women on this page makes me smile. First, our cover star, Taraji P. Henson. As the story goes, she moved to Los Angeles as a 26-year-old single mother with $700 in her pocket. But she had tenacity, and talent to spare. Now 48, Taraji has been killing it as Cookie on Empire for five seasons and will be headlining her own comedy, What Men Want, out in February. Not only does Taraji know what she wants, I’d love to have her as my life coach. What a … boss.
As for Amy Schumer, she is thoroughly, as I like to say, “in her bones.” Through her visceral comedy and simple instinct for what is right, she advocates for all women. And when it comes to getting dressed, she’s not one to get trussed up according to outmoded expectations. She and her friend, stylist Leesa Evans, launched Le Cloud, a clothing line for women who want to feel comfortable but also in control. Here they are (below) with comedians Bridget Everett and Marina Franklin, living a Sex and the City subversion dream.
And speaking of dreams, I met legendary actor Jeff Goldblum at the Calvin Klein show last September. I promptly decided to shoot him for this issue and give him Instyle’s Man of Style Award. (He’s not on this page because he’s not a lady, but you can find “Jazzy Jeff” on p. 72.)
Finally, I bow down to Julia Roberts and stylist Elizabeth Stewart, who wore matching lilac Givenchy suits to October’s Instyle Awards. Style and humor are not mutually exclusive: Each complements the other. Much like the great Julia and Elizabeth.
Enjoy the issue!
And also, how cool was this?!