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See Taraji P. Henson's New Glamour Cover

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Taraji P. Henson

Cookie's looking real good.

The countdown to the Emmys is on, and Glamour is celebrating accordingly with the release of three covers starring standout TV actresses: Taraji P. Henson, Gina Rodriguez and Emma Roberts. The Empire actress stuns on hers, wearing a fitted orange frock with gold accessories.

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Inside, Cookie Lyon talks about her Emmy nod, success and motherhood. Before the nominations were announced, Henson says, "Everybody kept saying to me, 'Have you cleaned your mantel off?' I said, 'Everybody chill.' " Clearly that nonchalant attitude worked in her favor.

As for the best moment in her life thus far, that came when she went to Paris for a screening of Empire's pilot episode. "Lee Daniels [the series' co-creator] brought me onstage. The audience stood up on their feet and clapped. I cried because, for so long in Hollywood, I've been told that black women don't do well overseas, that they can't open a film overseas. That moment for me was the best moment of my life. That's better than any trophy, any award, any nomination."

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Unsurprisingly, Henson also shares that it takes a lot out of her to play Empire's bold leading lady. "Cookie is the reason I drink. (Laughs.) She uses every emotion inside of me," says the actress. "She uses everything."

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