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Taraji: For real, I’m a fashion icon?

Taraji P. Henson is so grateful for fitness, as the star could not imagine being fabulous without a strong body.

The 44-year-old actress’ career has reached new levels of fame after portraying Cookie Lyon in hit TV series Empire, which debuted in January.

When the show was filming its first season Taraji had to pull clothes from her own closet for her alter ego’s wardrobe, but now some of the greatest designers in the world are scrambling to dress Cookie.

"We have [the] Moschino 2016 line already, like straight from Italy. People get it. … And thank God I've been working out, so I can wear the sample sizes," Taraji laughed to Access Hollywood. "But yeah, it's just interesting. It's interesting because, you know, all of a sudden now I'm a fashion icon. Cookie did it, 'cause I've been around. I've been doing this for almost 20 years, and it took me 20 years to make it, but woo! Now I'm a fashion icon."

In recent months Taraji has graced the cover of magazines donning garments created by some of the world’s top fashion houses.

But her own personal style differs tremendously from what fans see Cookie wearing on the show.

“I think she’s bold in her style, she’s a lot bolder than I am,” Taraji told Page Six previously.

“She’s me back in the day, back when I was a little more of a risk-taker . . . She’s like an animal, she preys, so she would be into animal prints. I think she’s just so ghetto fabulous. I’m not, however. I’m a little more chic.”

However Taraji admitted to the American edition of Harper’s Bazaar that it took her 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, was deprived all my life, so when you get money, you go big!" she laughed, before adding how her publicist told her to embrace black garments. "You should see my closet now—black, black, black."

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