Tiffany Haddish is a leading lady in Hollywood right now, using her comedy to empower herself and others and serving as a role model for underprivileged young people and youths in the foster care styles.
Entering the foster care system with her siblings as a child, Tiffany was introduced to comedy aged 15 when a social worker gave her the opportunity to attend the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp and the rest, as they say, is history.
She shot to fame in 2017 after landing a major role in hit comedy Girls Trip. Since then, Haddish has gone on to make appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, cooked collard greens with Oprah, hosted the MTV Movie & TV Awards, and she shows no signs of slowing down.
Her latest coup? Being named as one of PORTER’s annual Incredible Women list, with cover star Julianne Moore.
The starting point for this year's list was the MeToo movement that erupted last October when sexual misconduct revelations in the film, fashion and other industries broke. PORTER identifies this as an extraordinary catalyst for change, a reckoning that shifted the culture and the backdrop for every discussion had over the last year and it's something Tiffany is no stranger to.
She recently shared her own experience of sexual violence with GLAMOUR US, revealing that she was raped by a police cadet when she was 17. Speaking out about the experience, she described the long-term effects of the attack and how it has shaped her life.
Tiffany Haddish reveals she was raped by a police offer when she was 17
As part of PORTER's latest issue, she's penned an incredibly empowering letter to her younger self, within which she talks about leaving her husband, sleeping in her car, and not having babies – but in a really funny way that only Tiffany could pull off with aplomb.
She writes: "By the time you turn 21, you’re going to be working a job that you’re really not going to like – GET BACK ON STAGE. Don’t stop, no matter what. You will get married and it’s going to be a great learning experience but get out of there as soon as you can. Because as soon as we get out, we make it.
"Also, when you’re sleeping in your car, make sure you bring some extra blankets, because it is cold."
She also shares some kickass words of wisdom, telling herself to look in the mirror every day and be proud of what she sees, not to worry about having no kids and to stop drinking so much after shows.