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Style Evolution: 10 Of Taraji P. Henson's Most Stunning Style Moments

See how this year's BET Awards host has sizzled on the red carpet over the past two decades.

We’re beyond excited to watch the Washington D.C.-born beauty Taraji P. Henson host the BET Awards tonight! She’ll be bringing everything we love about her to the BET stage—her sparkle, talent, and love for high-fashion. 

Let’s be honest, whether she is working with a highly sought after stylist or an Oscar-winning costume designer, the award-winning actress knows how to make an appearance with a thoughtfully conceptualized style.

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As we countdown the minutes until Taraji takes the stage, we decided to have a look at her best fashion moments over the years. Keep scrolling to see exactly how she's sizzled and evolved over the last two decades!

  1. 2001: “Baby Boy” Movie Premiere

    Taraji served body-ody-ody in a custom-made sequin butterfly top and a black suede scallop-cut mini skirt with side lacing that showed off lots of legs. The actress worked on this look with Baby Boy costume designer and Oscar winner, Ruth Carter.

  2. 2002: BET Awards

    (Photo: SGranitz/WireImage)
    (Photo: SGranitz/WireImage)

    Taraji hit the BET Awards 2002 red carpet to show off her fashion-forward look that included her love for laces. The Baby Boy actress is alluring in a bat-shaped, black leather laced crop top paired with pink lace-up pants.

  3. 2006: Academy Awards

    (Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
    (Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

    The Smokin' Aces actress ditched the laces and went for a cool, flowy look. This turquoise evening gown with beaded decor and sexy cut-outs fits her like a glove and accentuated her lovely curves. Stunning!

  4. 2008: “Benjamin Button” Screening

    (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
    (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)

    Taraji put her fun and chic side on display at the Benjamin Button screening. This vibrant orange dress with a peek-a-boo center is just enough decor to leave us wanting more!

  5. 2009: Academy Awards

    (Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
    (Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

    The “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” actress showed up to the 2009 Academy Awards wearing an exquisite cream tiered strapless gown from Roberto Cavalli. She complemented the look with a wine-colored clutch and a jeweled choker.

  6. 2012: Grammy Awards

    (Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
    (Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

    Strutting down the 2012 Grammy Awards red carpet, the East Coast-born beauty stunned in a glimmering halter dress by Brian Rennie which featured a deep v-neck and leopard print design.

  7. 2015: MET Gala

    (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
    (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

    The Empire actress gave her biiggest smile for the cameras on the 2015 MET Gala red carpet. Taraji looked like a classic beauty in this simple graceful black and white abstract floral strapless gown designed by Alexander Wang for Balenciaga. 

  8. 2017: SAG Awards

    (Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

    Taraji surely turned heads in this Reem Acra beaded sheer-bodice gown, which perfectly paired classy and sexy. We think that her SAG award is the perfect accessory to accompany her look.

  9. 2018: Academy Awards

    (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

    Serving us legs for days, Taraji turned up the heat on the 2018 Academy Awards red carpet wearing this Vera Wang black keyhole-cutout gown featuring a thigh-high-slit.

  10. 2020: American Music Awards

    (Photo: Emma McIntyre /AMA2020/Getty Images for dcp)
    (Photo: Emma McIntyre /AMA2020/Getty Images for dcp)

    Styled by Jason Bolden, Taraji served us Hollywood glam in a sparkling Giorgio Armani shirt dress covered in beads and sequins. But it was the headwrap that added a regalness that commanded attention. Yes, Queen!

    Watch the BET Awards TONIGHT (Sunday, June 27) at 8/7C.

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