Meet The Cover Star of InStyle's Double Fashion Issue, Tessa Thompson
Born in California and partially raised in New York, Thompson got her start at the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, starring in the tragic comedy The Tempest in 2002. Three years later she began a string of steady television roles on shows like Cold Case, Veronica Mars, Hidden Palms, and Heroes. By 2009, she had transitioned to film with breakthrough performances in Mississippi Damned and, a year later, For Colored Girls. This eventually led to a trip down blockbuster lane with the sword-wielding Valkyrie in three Marvel films
"I feel really grateful as a Black woman that I get to play a lot of different parts and change the aperture a little bit around what we can be. But I also acknowledge and respect that there are so many Black women who look at me and don't feel represented and don't feel seen."