If you’ve been keeping up with Taraji P. Henson’s latest role on Empire, then you know her character, “Cookie” is sexy and demanding with a lot of spunk. Apparently, one of our favorite female hip-hop femcees is the inspiration behind the role. And if you’re thinking Nicki Minaj, you’ve missed it completely.

In a recent interview with Vogue, Taraji discussed playing “Cookie,”

“Kim is everything. Today it’s Nicki Minaj, but Nicki Minaj got everything from Kim. Kim came on the scene and made everything change for women—she made it feminine and sexy and hardcore. She was a champion, and she’s certainly Cookie’s champion.”