Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

CONGRATS to Tony-winning TV and film icon—Cicely Tyson! The 92-year-old actress and activist looks absolutely amazing on the November issue of ELLE Magazine. She is just one of many famous faces featured on the “Women in Hollywood” issue.

Tyson opens up about the “sheroes” who influenced her long-lasting career:

“At the very beginning of my career, I had a teacher whose name was Vinnette Carroll; she directed a number of Broadway shows. She kept saying to me, “You know the problem with beautiful women? They tend to rely on their beauty.” And I said, How wrong she is! I never think of myself as being beautiful. I thought, What are you talking about? I work so hard. And I did. But I learned from her how important it is to learn your craft. When all else fails, you will land on that, and that alone.”

Versatile actress Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” and “Creed” also appears on the cover and gets real about her views on traditional roles…

“I think our ideas about what a young black person or a young Mexican person or a young white person should be like weren’t as expansive then as they are now. It made me think I had to fit into a box. The one-dimensional girlfriend or the sassy black friend—those weren’t going to work for me.”

Other divas featured on the cover include: Jennifer Lawrence, Laura Dern, Jessica Chastain, Margot Robbie, Riley Keough and Kathleen Kennedy.

ELLE’s November issue hits newsstands on October 17.

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