We’ve all noticed that magazines tend to put the same people on the cover. Who gets repeated varies by brand, but they do it because that particular person is guaranteed to sell. It’s unfortunate, but such is life in the pursuit of the dollar. However, Essence magazine decided to take a chance for its May issue with three different covers featuring unconventional beauties, Ledisi, Erykah Badu and Solange.
Not only are these women truly talented and deserving of accolades, but they send an important message to people who don’t often see themselves reflected in mainstream media.
They all look beautiful!
And now I can’t figure out which cover to get, though I’m leaning toward Ledisi in loc solidarity lol.
Here’s a message from Essence:
At ESSENCE, we’re all about celebrating individual beauty, and that’s exactly what comes to mind with the three women gracing the cover of our May issue: Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Solange. Each of these artists have captivated audiences not only with their songs, but also with their style and beauty. And for each of them, it’s always about self-expression.
Check out the following video interviews with the respective women talking about influences and ideals of beauty.