Taraji P. Henson’s Style Evolution, From Baby Boy to Empire

Over her nearly 20-year career, Taraji P. Henson has made a name for herself on the silver screen, the big screen, and back again with FOX’s Empire—and her style has evolved accordingly. See her most memorable looks here.


After roles on TV shows like ER and Smart Guy, Taraji P. Henson exploded onto the scene with the 2001 film Baby Boy. She took to the red carpet like a pro—wearing a sequined top, lace-up suede skirt, and hair accessory to the film’s Century City premiere.

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Henson has never been afraid to deviate from style norms. Exhibit A: the printed jumpsuit, pink sunglasses, clear platforms, and pink fake flower she rocked at the Rush Hour 2 Hollywood premiere.

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What could be better for the premiere of The Matrix Reloaded than a black vinyl trench coat, fishnets, and pumps? Kudos to Henson for theme dressing like a pro.

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On theme yet again, the star stunned at Usher’s 25th birthday party in 2003 in a red mini dress and white lace-up boots. The dress code was “flashback 1978” and she nailed it.

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Naturally, Ms. Henson dresses down occasionally. The star was decked out in denim—in her own unique way, of course—at the Fall 2005 Rock & Republic Fashion Show.

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The late 2000s saw a more refined Taraji. For the 2009 BET Awards, the actress kept things simple in a one-sleeve long black dress, putting the focus on her new cropped ‘do.

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The star took a more retro approach for the premiere of The Karate Kid in L.A. with a metallic shift dress, low black sandals, and a silky asymmetric bob.

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Still rocking the asymmetric bob, Henson showed up at a 2014 screening of No Good Deed in a vermillion crop top, matching pencil skirt, metallic pumps and a lavender mani.

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Henson attended the 2015 Met Gala with designer Alexander Wang, shining in one of his black and white dresses for Balenciaga. Picture perfect? We think so.

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The actress wowed in a strapless black Alexander Wang dress at the 19th annual Accessories Council ACE awards.


The actress continued her fashion world takeover at the CFDA Awards. With smoldering smoky eyes, glittering shoes, and a custom Vera Wang gown, Henson stole the show.

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The actress wore a perfectly-fitted black Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2016 dress with silver grommets to the designer’s show at New York Fashion Week.

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Henson looked chic in a mini Emanuel Ungaro dress at the premiere of Empire.