The stars of Hidden Figures—Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe—cover the latest issue of Essence.
Hidden Figures tells the story of the three black women who served as the brains behind one of NASA’s biggest missions ever.
Henson told Essence that it was personally important to tell the Hidden Figures tale.
“When I was growing up, people told me out of their mouths math and science are for boys,” she explained. “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…”
The February issue of Essence hits newsstands Jan. 13.