The only thing in life we love more than actual cookies

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Happy National Cookie Day.

Before you misinterpret that and eat a whole sleeve of Oreos (no shame though – it’s just that we do that literally every day), we want to make abundantly clear that the main cookie we’re celebrating is Empire‘s Cookie Lyon, played by the incomparable Taraji P. Henson.

Here are just a few reasons – of thousands – why Cookie inspires us to be our best selves, whether we’re negotiating a business deal, trying to protect our families, fighting an enemy or wearing a skin-tight, largely transparent dress to a holiday party.

1. She knows things.

// One of those things: Crafting immaculate brow arches.

2. You don’t mess with Cookie and emerge unscathed.

Slapping is her superpower.

3. She is the irrefutable queen of shade.

4. She wears everything we could only dream of pulling off.

5. She has more business savvy than even, like, Mark Zuckerberg.

First rule of business: Trust no one.

6. She’s so cute, it hurts.

7. There is not one hairstyle on the planet she can’t pull off.