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Taraji P. Henson Upgrades Cookie's Leopard Print for Harper's Bazaar

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Taraji P. Henson tells Harper's Bazaar that she mainly wears black these days, but for the magazine's September issue, she appears in portraits that riff on her leopard print-loving Empire character Cookie Lyon. "You should see my closet now—black, black, black," she tells Harper's Bazaar. "I don't wear leopard anymore," she said. "Not since I got Cookie."

Shot by Michael Avedon (grandson of Richard Avedon), Henson wears Banana Republic, Dolce & Gabbana, and Roberto Cavalli, all in animal print. The Harper's Bazaar portraits were inspired by Jacqueline de Ribes in the '60s, hence the amazing leopard pillbox hat.

As for Henson's favorite look on Empire, Henson says: "Alaïa black catsuit, hands down. I’ve even worn some of my own stuff, like my Balmain leather. I have to meet [Balmain designer] Olivier Rousteing; I need to be his friend."

Here's Henson, who just covered Allure, on her style evolution: "It took me a while to get on the chic bus. I was coming from the era of Lil’ Kim and Mary J. Blige, you know, ghetto fabulous. I came from nothing, I was deprived all my life, so when you get money, you go big!" And now she saves all her clothes, especially outfits she's used to win roles. "One day I'll be famous enough or important enough where people will want my shit like Elizabeth Taylor's."

Taraji P. Henson in Harper’s Bazaar

Taraji P. Henson in Harper’s Bazaar