Cookie’s Best Looks

Empire Cookie Style

Aided by an evolving wardrobe of furs, statement jewelry, and curve-hugging frocks, Taraji P. Henson’s Empire character Cookie Lyon has become an instant style icon. Here a look at her most powerful on-screen ensembles.


This all-leopard ensemble is one of Cookie’s most ferocious outfits. She employs it when she needs it most—when demanding her cut of her ex-husband’s Lucious Lyon’s record company. (Shop the look here.)

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In her tight, graphic dress at a last-minute celebration, Cookie proves why the body-con is her signature.

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Even after Bunkie’s untimely demise, Cookie arrives fiercely dressed to pay her respect along with her son Jamal. Clad in black and lace, the mogul plots behind her darkened shades.

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At her family’s annual White Party, Cookie went all out with this glamorous striped fur. Air-conditioning aside, this coat was certainly meant to send chills down her ex-husband’s spine.

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Cookie stole the spotlight away from her ex-husband’s new fiancé in a bedazzled dress.

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Naomi Campbell and Taraji P. Henson took out their on-camera claws at the White Party when Campbell’s character showed up as Cookie’s son’s date. Unlike their fight, Cookie keeps it clean with a deep v neckline and a tight braid. (Shop her hoops here)

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When searching for an alternative studio for her son Jamal, Cookie donned an incognito ensemble, with an over-sized collar and slick leather jacket.

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Taking in the surroundings of her new office, Cookie takes command in a high-necked dress that shows off her curves—and her love of diamonds. (Shop the trend here.)

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On her way to visit an old friend, Cookie layered on the jewelry—from a chunky Chanel necklace to big gold hoops. (Shop the trend here.)

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In the dramatic season finale, Henson dressed accordingly—wearing this sheer, lace number to her husband’s farewell concert.

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