Taraji P. Henson hosts the 2018 amfAR Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Feb. 7, 2018. (Kevin Tachman/Getty Images)

You know that feeling when you know you are killing it, and dare anyone to tell you different? I’m convinced that Taraji P. Henson must live in this perpetual state, because she has never met a red carpet that didn’t love her.

But Henson outdid even herself Wednesday night as host of the unofficial kickoff to New York Fashion Week, the 2018 amfAR Gala. The Oscar-nominated actress honored friend and director Lee Daniels and fashion editor Stefano Tonchi while stunning us all in one of the hottest dresses we’ve ever seen her in—which is a bar she’s set pretty high at this point.


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Styled by Jason Bolden in a tri-tone beaded halter dress by David Koma, Henson once again slayed, serving hair and makeup done to perfection—as per usual—by her longtime glam team, Tymothy Wallace and Ashunta Sheriff.

What can we say? The side-swept bob, the sparkles, the starry eyes! To say that Henson dazzled last night would be an understatement, and while her latest turn as an assassin in Proud Mary may not have gotten the push it deserved, when it comes to killing the game, the girl’s still got it.


Oh yeah, there were some other folks there, too, including performer Halsey, Queen Latifah and Victoria’s Secret model Lais Ribeiro—all there to honor and support AIDS research and initiatives to end the disease.