Lifestyle Style Taraji P. Henson Rocks a Sexy Thong Bikini to Celebrate Her 50th Birthday: 'Go Off Shawty' The Empire star turned 50 on Friday By Gabrielle Chung Published on September 11, 2020 11:44 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Taraji P. Henson. Photo: Taraji P. Henson/instagram Taraji P. Henson is ringing a milestone birthday in style! The Empire star turned 50 on Friday and celebrated the occasion with friends on a catamaran, sharing photos of the festivities on her Instagram. In the shots, Henson can be seen posing on a watercraft while wearing a white thong bikini. She accessorized the sizzling look with a body chain and a pair of black and white sunglasses. "Go off shawty it’s ya BIRFDAY 💋💋💋," she captioned the pictures. Taraji P. Henson Shows Off Her Afro on Instagram: 'Hair That Defies Gravity!' Henson’s famous followers showed the actress some birthday love in the comment section. "Don’t hurt em @tarajiphenson looking fine as wine girl Happy Birthday❤️," Tina Lawson wrote. "Happy bday. Talented, beautiful, funny and real... love you," Marlon Wayans commented. "Never change just keep evolving." Cassie dropped some heart eyes emojis, while Ludacris quipped, "Happy Bday 👑." Taraji P. Henson (L) and Mary J. Blige. Mary J Blige/instagram RELATED GALLERY: Bikini-Clad Celebs Over 50 Who Prove Age Is Nothing But a Number "Yassssss sis!!! Have a blast," Tasha Smith commented. "You looking goooooodt." Amongst those who attended the boating excursion included Mary J. Blige and radio personality Angie Martinez. "Happy birthday Sis @tarajiphenson!!!" Blige, 49, wrote alongside a selfie with Henson on her Instagram Story. "So happy I made it!! What a beautiful day!!" RELATED VIDEO: Taraji P. Henson Doesn't Want Wedding to Be a 'Big Show' and Is 'Trying to Find a Happy Medium' Earlier this year, Henson appeared on PEOPLE's 2020 Most Beautiful Issue to speak about finding moments of beauty and peace — especially during a time of uncertainty. "As a world, I hope going through this doesn’t make us cold. I hope we don’t walk around in fear. When this is over, it is going to take a minute for us to adjust. And that’s okay," she wrote in an exclusive essay. "My hope is that while we’re at home, people are getting closer to each other and themselves — to their souls," she continued. "This is the time for all of us to come together and be powerful and just put love into the world so it can win over all."