Cookie Lyon’s Closet Is Just as Fierce as Her One-Liners: Check Out Her 6 Best Outfits and Zingers

Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon in Empire
Check out Cookie Lyons' fiercest fashion and quotes from the first season of Empire.  Chuck Hodes/FOX


We can all agree that Empire wouldn’t be same without the vivacious Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson, whose out-there fashions run the gamut from floor-length furs to sexy body con dresses. Cookie first made quite the impression with both her zingy one-liners and her edgy street-meets-boardroom ensembles.

But over the course of the FOX hit series’ 11-episode season, her style became more tailored (and less fur-happy) as she dominated the Empire kingdom. In honor of the two-hour finale, which airs Wednesday, March 18, have a look at Cookie’s unforgettable style moments and her fiercest quips throughout the season. 

Taraji P. Henson - Empire (streets/sidewalks)

“The streets ain’t made for everyone, that’s why they made sidewalks.” – From Episode 2 “The Outspoken King” 

Taraji P. Henson - Empire (ray rice)

“You gonna Ray Rice me? I’ve faced bigger in prison — with more talent, bitch.” – From Episode 2  “The Outspoken King”

Taraji P. Henson - Empire (take a bite)

“Yeah, that’s my name. Take a bite.” – From Episode 9 “Unto the Breach” 

Taraji P. Henson - Empire (no scene today)

“Better be glad I don’t feel like no scene today, ’cause I’d shut it down.” – From Episode 3 “The Devil Quotes Scripture”

Taraji P. Henson - Empire (yoko)

“So Yoko Ono want to play on the song too? Well, what can you do, Yoko? Can you play the tambourine?” – From Episode 8 “The Lyon’s Roar” 

Taraji P. Henson - Empire (halle berry)

“Well then get rid of fake ass Halle Berry.” – From Episode 8 “The Lyon’s Roar” 

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