14 Times Taraji P. Henson Was A Style Pioneer On The Red Carpet

Put Empire and Cookie Lyon out of your mind for just a moment (yes, I know it's hard) and try to think about the actress that brings the sassy star to life. When you look at Taraji P. Henson's red carpet style, it becomes clear that anyone else as Cookie would've been wrong. She wears things that I’m not sure many others can pull off, and does it in such a powerful way, it looks like she was born to wear it. And instead of following the masses toward black dress central, she always invites a bold color or a print to die for. In anticipation for what Taraji P. Henson will wear to the CFDA Awards, I've rounded up 14 of my favorite red carpet moments from the queen bee herself.

2015 Met Gala

The earrings, the middle part, and the black and white delicate beading are sophisticated, while still being little fun.

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2009 IFC Spirit Awards

I really love black jewelry on a black dress, because like here, it almost looks like it’s part of the dress.


'Empire' Screening At The Ace Theater

This dress has Cookie Lyon stamped all over it. Werk.

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Samsaung Galaxy S6 Edge Launch

Taraji managed to pull off wearing her bra as a piece of her outfit in a elegant sort of way — thank you, lace.

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'The Karate Kid' Premiere

I mean, she’s literally wearing tons of little mirrors and still looks good.


2015 Billboard Music Awards

Remember when Miley Cyrus wore this dress? After seeing Taraji in it, I don’t either.


2015 Grammys

Taraji was smart to pair her lob with a one-shouldered dress.

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'Think Like A Man Too' Premiere

The best part of this dress isn’t the plunging cut, but instead, it’s the fact that it looks like it’s hand-woven and oh-so-comfy!

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2015 DGA Awards

I think this look may just be my favorite because I love everything in it, the lip especially.

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'From The Rough' Premiere

Wearing dresses with strong prints often means you should go easy on the accessories, but Taraji’s orange clutch is adding that pop without doing too much.

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'No Good Deed' Premiere

She’s wearing matching separates and still looks red carpet flawless. Enough said.

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FOX Programming Presentation

There’s nothing like a little leather dress, especially when that dress is red hot.

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'Empire' Premiere

Not only is the shape of this dress phenomenal, but the combination of that, Taraji’s hair, and her swag make it so fitting for the occasion.

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The 43rd NAACP Image Awards

It’s really hard to pull off a long, shimmery dress with a train, but Taraji dons it easily — and with minimal accessories.

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