Taraji donned several opulent looks for the shoot, which hits newsstands June 30.
"I'm a '70s baby," Taraji said. "I hated I missed the era of Studio 54, because I would have had a good time. I probably would have been dead, but it would have been a good time!"
Like her Empire character, Cookie Lyon, Taraji has been through her fair share of heartache. During her junior year at Howard University, she became pregnant with her son Marcel. Marcel's father was murdered when their son was just 9.
Now, after 20 years in the business, the Oscar nominee is one of Hollywood's power women, but she still doesn't take herself too seriously. She poked fun at a few "bad hair" pictures that we found from her past.