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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, Ledisi, and Solange in all their natural hair glory and popping spring colors.

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.


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