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They say people change when they get money, but not all change is a bad thing. Taraji P. Henson’s climb to entertainment royalty has been a long one, but one thing that’s obvious is the star’s style has increased exponentially with her notoriety.

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Last year, the actress revealed she had to pay for her own hotel while working on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and if a Hollywood studio wouldn’t even provide accommodations for the woman who turned out to be the star of the film, we know for sure designers weren’t rushing to dress the budding entertainer. And looking back at old pics of Taraji it shows. Now some of her fashions were simply a casualty of the early 2000s while others, well, let’s just say what a difference a stylist makes. Here’s a look back at Taraji’s incredible style transformation.

Taraji P. Henson at the Premiere of Rush Hour 2
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Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 26 Jul 2001
Credit: WENN

2001

Taraji made sure she was seen at the premiere of Rush Hour 2 in 2001, and not just with this outrageous pose but with that psychedelic short set and matching pink glasses and flower in her hair.

Taraji P. Henson attending the FOX Summer TCA Press Tour at Soho House in Los Angeles, California.
Featuring: Taraji P. Henson
Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 08 Aug 2016
Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

2016

These days, this is the kind of eye-catching print Taraji prefers.

TARAJI P. HENSON at the ‘Mr 3000’
premiere held at the El Capitan Theater
Los Angeles, California. 08.09.04
Featuring: TARAJI P. HENSON at the ‘Mr 3000’
Where: California, United States
When: 09 Sep 2004
Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN

2004

Taraji kept it cute, casual, and earthy at the premiere of Mr. 3000 in 2004.

47th NAACP Image Awards held at Pasadena Civic Auditorium – Press Room
Featuring: Taraji P. Henson
Where: Pasadena, California, United States
When: 05 Feb 2016
Credit: Nicky Nelson/WENN.com

2016

But we think this nude look suits her better.

Taraji P. Henson
“Talk to Me” premiere at the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival at Mann’s Westwood Village Theater
Westwood, California – 21.06.07
Featuring: Taraji P. Henson
Where: United States
When: 21 Jun 2007
Credit: Nikki Nelson/ WENN

2007

There’s no denying the color yellow looks great against Taraji’s skin, but this premiere look didn’t exactly bring out the actress’s natural beauty.

68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre
Featuring: Taraji P. Henson
Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 18 Sep 2016
Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

2016

By last year’s Emmy’s, Taraji got it right with this grown, sexy, simple yellow gown.

TARAJI P. HENSON
Daimler Chrysler ‘Behind the Lens’ Awards – Arrivals
Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills, California – 23.10.05
Where: California, United States
When: 23 Oct 2005
Credit: (Mandatory)Reggie Collier/ WENN

2005

Taraji’s skin is absolutely glowing during this throwback red carpet appearance, which is why it’s such a shame she covered it up with a bandana and leather newsboy that don’t exactly mesh well with that blazer.

2014

Now this burgundy ensemble is one we give an A+.

Taraji Henson
United Negro College Fund Presents An Evening of Stars Tribute to Smokey Robinson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Pasadena, California – 22.09.07
Featuring: Taraji Henson
Where: United States
When: 22 Sep 2007
Credit: Rachel Worth / WENN

2007

Red cocktail dress in 2007.

2014 NBC Upfront Presentation at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center – Arrivals
Featuring: Taraji P. Henson
Where: Manhattan, New York, United States
When: 12 May 2014
Credit: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com

2014

Red cocktail dress in 2014.

TARAJI HENSON
Lupus LA and InStyle Present ‘The Old Bags Lupus Luncheon’ at the Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills, California – 05.11.04
Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 11 Nov 2004
Credit: WENN

2004

Taraji clearly loved flowers back in the day.

The 15th Annual Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and Opening Night Concert
Featuring: Taraji P. Henson
Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 21 Jun 2014
Credit: Bridow/WENN.com

2014

But we think they look much better on her in sophisticated prints rather than as accessories.

TARAJI HENSON
Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ held at the Kodak Theatre
Hollywood, California – 04.12.05,
Featuring: TARAJI HENSON
Where: California, United States
When: 04 Dec 2005
Credit: Jody Cortes / WENN

2005

These were the kind of cute, cleavage-bearing dresses Taraji used to favor.

CNN Heroes 2016 Gala at the American Museum of Natural History – Red Carpet Arrivals
Featuring: Taraji P. Henson
Where: New York, New York, United States
When: 12 Dec 2016
Credit: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com

2016

Now she prefers more sophisticated daytime looks.

Taraji Henson at the Salute to Chuck Norris
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Featuring: Taraji Henson at the Salute to Chuck Norris
Where: Santa Monica, California, United States
When: 01 Dec 2001
Credit: WENN

2001

And it’s not just the actress’s clothing that’s upgraded. While this flipped bob Taraji wore back in the early 2000s was cute.

Taraji P. Henson attending a special screening of ‘Hidden Figures’ at the SVA Theater in New York City.
Featuring: Taraji P. Henson
Where: New York City, New York, United States
When: 10 Dec 2016
Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.com
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2016

She’s completely killing the game with the blunt bobs she wears now.

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