Essence has released the editorial and cover for its July/August issue and just like the magazine’s other covers, strong women who’ve played significant roles in the society grace the glossy pages.
This edition features Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, popularly known as Iman, Ciara and Teyana, three iconic black women who’ve succeeded despite the odds.
Iman 64-year-old Iman looking not a day over 40, with smooth earthy skin an evidence of black don’t crack stands beautiful on the cover adorned with feathers and long braids, reminiscent of the strong women of indian descent.
Speaking on the interview, she talks about how she started out her business to create makeup options for all colored women.
“When I came on the scene, I was catering to women of all skin colors. Regardless of what hue you are, as long as you are a woman with skin of color, whether you are Asian, Latina or African, I opened that gate. And Fenty knocked the gate out.”
She also spoke about her late husband, legendary artist – David Bowie cheering her on, pushing her to do better, making her laugh while being curious about life.
According to her, “He literally did not understand fear. He was in my corner cheering me on every step of the way. If it wasn’t for him, I would never have done it. I miss his sense of humour the most – he made me laugh every day. He was a very curious person, so he made all of us very curious about everything in life”
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For Teyana’s special cover, the American singer, actress, dancer and model from Harlem talks about how being a mom has changed her.
According to her, “Being a mom makes you move differently, think differently and speak differently. Once I had Junie, I realized I was living for so much more. I’m just teaching her early: ‘You are beautiful, you are smart, you are magic.’”
Grammy award winner Ciara has been keeping it down since 2005 after her debut album “Goodies”. Married to Russell Wilson and a mom of two, the 33-year-old speaks about her belief in prayers “My faith has carried me through every challenge and triumph. When I was younger and wanting things to happen when I wanted them to happen, I could never have imagined that 15 years later I’d be having the time of my life.”
When asked what her next steps were, Ciara responded by saying, “I’m trying to keep getting better, make health-conscious decisions and be the best mom and wife I can be. No matter how much success you have, I believe there’s always an opportunity to grow and learn something new. And I’m keeping my sexy up too.”
Watch the editorial shoot here
By Sarah Oyedo