By Natasha

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Taraji P. Henson and that glow of hers are covering the July 2015 issue of ALLURE magazine in a sexy lurex chiffon dress by JMendel. Check the pics and what the Oscar nominated actress reveals about her beauty experiences…and beauty hustles…inside.

Our favorite “Empire” star gets down and dirty about dating her co-stars (why she DOESN’T do it), how she use a beauty hustle to get money in college, and a few other beauty tidbits in the upcoming issue of ALLURE.

She may make it all look easy in that golden Temperly London gown, but this YBF Chick has been working — tirelessly — for over two decades. Taraji upgraded her style game and beauty game while her acting game remained on the same stunning level. And it’s all paying off.

Here’s a few things we learned from her cover story.

On flexing her hair stylist skills to make money in college

“I come from a family of hard workers,” says the actress. During college, she did hair in her apartment between classes, charging $20 a head. “Oh, yeah, I knew how to hustle and make money. We used to do wet sets…. I bought a hooded dryer, and I had my box of rollers,” says Henson, who also taught herself to do nails. “I could have gone to jail; I had no license whatsoever. But it was just my friends. They were like, ‘Girl, hook me up.'” Occasionally, Henson still does her own nails. “If I get bored, I’ll put a full set on,” she says.

On co-star Terrence Howard’s legal drama with his ex-wives

“Let’s pop the trunk to your life and see what’s dysfunctional and what’s bad…. At the end of the day, we’re all human and we got flaws and we got shit.”

On sharing her struggle to “make it”

“I’ve had so many false starts,” says Henson. But as she puts it, “If it’s easy, what story are you going to tell? Nobody wants to hear about how easy it was. That doesn’t inspire anyone.”

On people still believing she and her co-stars had something going on (People still think she and Tyrese were dating during Baby Boy)

“You have to stay professional. It is a business,” she says. “I’m not letting no knucklehead dude come between my hard work and my money.”

On why she never dates her co-stars

“I always wanted to be known for my work. Not who I dated. Not who I slept with…. I have a gift, and my gift is acting,” Henson says. “I started in the business at 26 with a kid, so I was smart enough to know reality from fantasy. I didn’t want to blur the lines. This is a job that I have to do. I cannot get caught up in it. And if I sleep with these guys, why would they want to work with me again?” Why wouldn’t they? “The conquest is up,” she elaborates. “Now I’m just used-up…” she mouths the last word, which, let’s just say, starts with a p.

Gotta love her! Check out more highlights over at ALLURE.

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Check out the BTS footage from Taraji’s shoot below where she talks abut haircut inspirations and more. [If it doesn’t play, watch it HERE.]

Photos: Carter Smith for ALLURE

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