Empire star and bird girl ‘Cookie’ real name, Taraji P Henson, has donned some wild outfits and hairdos on the hit Fox show, but in a new shoot for CR Fashion Book, the actress is stripping down for the cameras and revealing her gorgeous natural hair.

When the idea first presented itself, however, the 45 year-old admitted she was nervous. Thankfully photographer Bruce Weber encouraged her to embrace her natural form.

“So I’m trying on the clothes and the silk scarf I have on my head slips off, and I say, ‘Hey, look at my cornrows, aren’t they beautiful?'” she explains. “Bruce Weber is standing there and he goes, ‘We’ll shoot that.’ And I go, ‘What? We’ll shoot what?’ And he says, ‘We’ll shoot your hair just like that, it’s beautiful.'”

It took some coercing from the photographer but ultimately Henson agreed to pose au naturel. “Part of me was like, ‘No, no, no, NO!’ This is the hair no one is supposed to see. This is like behind closed doors hair,” she admitted. “I feel naked. I feel like a plucked chicken…or a wet one. A baby chicken!”

But this is not so. I must admit she still looks incredible, especially for her age. See the photos below.