We’re totally obsessing over the new
Essence Magazine covers for their May beauty issue. The female magazine enlisted three of our fave naturalistas: , Erykah Badu , and Ledisi in all their natural hair glory and popping spring colors. Solange
Each of these women have captivated audiences – whether it be through their music, activism,
style, or just straight up beauty – so it only seemed fitting that Essence handpicked them to grace the cover.
The three cover ladies also had some things to say about changes in black hair and style, and the natural hair movement.
Erykah Badu on hair as art:
“I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.”
Ledisi on her natural hair:
“Although I’m known for my long, colorful locs, I still don’t take my hair too seriously. “I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express who I am.”
Solange on her evolving style:
“We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.”
The issue hits stands April 4th, so be sure to pick up your copy.
SOURCE: The YBF | PHOTO CREDIT: Essence
35 photos Launch gallery
35 Of Solange's Most Colorful Red Carpet Moments (PHOTOS)
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1. Solange + Printed Dresses = Love. Solange on the Hennessy 'Wild Rabbit' campaign red carpet.
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2. Solange Knowles at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Her yellow pumps add even more fun to this cute outfit.
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3. Solange keeping it simple but cute on the Carlo Pazolini Flagship Store Opening Party Red Carpet.
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4. Solange looking amazing on the Ermenegildo Zegna 'Essenze' Collection Launch event; this dress compliments her to perfection.
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5. Solange Knowles at Lavo NYC Grand Opening.
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6. Solange Knowles slaying in this crazy printed dress at the Alexander McQueen: 'Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala.
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7. Solange At The Coty Event Red Carpet.
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8. Solange Knowles at the Delta Air Lines celebrate LA's Music Industry event.
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9. Solange rocking a geometric dress at 4th Annual Essence Black Women In Music Event.
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10. Solange Knowles looking just stunning in this deep v-cut metallic gown at The Angel Ball 2012.
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11. Solange attending the official debut party for 'Absolut Tune' vodka.
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12. Solange Knowles celebrating her birthday at LAVO nightclub.
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13. Solange rocking a gorgeous yellow gown to the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
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14. Showing support to her big sis Beyonce, Solange looks comfy but cool in all white at the 'Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream' New York Premiere.
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15. Solange rocking a green slit gown with pink heels at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
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16. Solange Knowles at the 66th Cannes Film Festival 'The Great Gatsby' premiere, looking stunning in this gown.
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17. Solange Knowles at Philip Lim for Target Launch Event Red Carpet.
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18. Solange Knowles during Milan Spring Fashion Week '13 in all white with a red lip.
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19. Solange Knowles at the "Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007" Event.
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20. Solange killing it with this printed top and pants at the 2012 Tribeca Ball.
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21. Solange stuck the 'garden' theme at the Museum of Modern Art's Party in the Garden.
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22. Solange literally glowing at the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards.
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23. Yellow has never looked this damn good: Solange at the Carol's Daughter Spokesbeauty & Monoi Repairing Collection Launch Carpet.
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24. Solange rocking the pop color choice of green at the Dream Downtown Opening Party.
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25. From the shoes to the printed top, everything about this outfit screams Solange, at the Burberry Body fragrance launch red carpet.
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26. 'Fro, Dress, Purse, Shoes: Solange stuns at Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2012.
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27. Solange rocks open slit leg dress at the Roberto Cavalli Trunk Show.
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28. Solange's colorful look at Victoria's Secret 2011 Swim Collection Red Carpet.
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29. Solange giving a taste of bohemian at the Gucci & RocNation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch.
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30. Oh Solange, you never cease to amaze. This jacket spices up her outfit at the launch of Renaissance Hotel's RLife Live.
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31. Solange in a printed and haltered dress at DKMS 4th Annual gala.
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32. Solange giving us bohemain chic on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring Max Azria carpet.
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33. Fashion Killa. Solange at the Conde Nast Media Group's 5th Anniversary.
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34. Solange Knowles hosts a party with 'Headliner Marketing Group' in a metallic green dress.
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35. The colors of this dress and her stance! Solange at the Tao Beach event carpet.