Legendary Mary J. Blige Wears Exclusive Dapper Dan × Gucci Outfits At Essence Fest 2018

Mary J. Blige is an legendary icon in the music world. She definitely invented the whole around the way girl persona. Year after year she headlines Essence Fest and brings fashion and flava.

– via Essence Magazine

People, this was a moment! Not only did we have soul sister #1 Mary J. Blige killing it with the vocals and her iconic dance moves, but she literally brought New York to New Orleans with her musical set.

The Yonkers Queen looked regal in not one, but two, custom-designed Gucci ensembles by Harlem’s King, Dapper Dan. The first was a yellow short-set emblazoned with Gucci logos and she donned hot pants and a zip-up hooded vest. She topped off the first look with a pair of red leather ankle boots (that zipped in the front), clear yellow sunnies, bamboo earrings and a perfectly coiffed Gucci bucket hat.

Look two was even more fire! Mary rocked a red catsuit with a white/red Gucci-logo cropped moto jacket, gold hoop earrings, a red fedora hat and white leather knee boots.

As she rocked the mic, the designer of the blazing fit (Dapper Dan himself), was in the audience enjoying New Orleans AND the Festival- for the first time.

In addition, before Mary took the stage, our fave multi-creative hip-hop icon Missy Elliot tore down the Superdome in a Gucci outfit too

According to Essence Fest organizers, 510,000 people turned out for this year’s four-day music and empowerment event.

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Girls’ Trip : New Orleans For Essence Festival

Essence Festival is the mother of all festivals its been going down since 94′ Its the official party with a purpose, and this year the legacy continued with four days of music, empowerment, community and entertainment.

Big names in the game like Queen Latifah , Jada Pinkett Smith , Larenz Tate , Issa Rae and more where in the building to inspire us. While Mary J. Blige , Diana Ross , Chance the Rapper , Xscape and more where there to keep us on our feet. It was truly an amazing experience.

It was alot of free experiences too that i didnt know about that im now kicking myself for but ill be back!

June 30 – July 5th we visited New Orleans for Essence Festival. We rented a guest house called Blue60 Guesthouse for our stay. This video is of our day to night adventures with my sister Kay and our friend Nikki. We really enjoyed our stay and we let our hair down – Nawlins was LIT! I filmed what i could but i definitely was indulging in the moment. Hope you like it

President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama Cover Essence’s Collector’s Issue

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The end of President Obama’s final term in office is drawing near and Essence magazine is paying tribute to the gracious and powerful couple.It’s the end of an era (😪), and ESSENCE is sending the First Family off with a hug and a salute.

@BarackObama and @MichelleObama exude their signature poise, grace and charm on the cover of our historic October issue, in which they open up about watching their girls grow up in the White House as well as the legacy they hope to leave behind. “Some of my fondest memories of the White House are just being with the girls on a summer night and walking the dogs around the South Lawn, talking and listening to them.” 💕 Believe us—you’re not going to want to miss out on this special collector’s issue! be sure to pick up a copy when it hits newsstands Friday, September 9!

I will definitely be scooping my copy of the issue.

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Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Solange cover ESSENCE’s May Beauty Issue! 

May 2014 marks ESSENCE Magazine’s 44th year in publication and what a way to celebrate that milestone with these three NATURAL beauties on the covers!

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“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.” – Erykah Badu

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“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.” – Ledisi

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“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.- Solange

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Erykah always makes a statement, even when she doesn’t try. This is Solange and Ledisi’s first Essence cover and the fourth for Erykah. Mark my words I WILL DEFINITELY have a career at Essence Magazine

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