Lizzo, Simone Biles, Nikole Hannah-Jones on ESSENCE magazine cover
ESSENCE magazine takes a radical approach their vacation number.
The magazine has three different covers for the issue, which they dedicated to personal care. Cover stars Lizzo, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Simone Biles have all made headlines this year for choosing themselves and their sanity under public pressure.
We are delighted to provide you with an overview of the three covers as well as excerpts from the magazine‘s reports on the three women.
First of all, we must salute the editorial / photographic sense of these looks! Lizzo’s bold turquoise eye is EVERYTHING !!!!
Entertainment Editor-in-Chief Brande Victorian interviewed Lizzo about body positivity and more in her “Simply Being” cover story.
The musician told Victorian that she constantly felt misunderstood: “No one is ever right about me.”
She also revealed that she was tired of being the spokesperson for body positivity.
“It’s exhausting,” Lizzo admits. âAnd that’s the point. I don’t want to talk about this anymore. We must be neutral towards the bodies.
It is certainly easier said than done. But we agree that there is a LOT more to discuss when it comes to Lizzo than her body. We really enjoyed hearing her talk about making the kind of music audiences don’t often expect from a black woman:
âI use 808s, but not the same as everyone else,â she explains of the drum machine that characterizes much of hip-hop and R&B today. âI have songs that I could drop right now, but that’s just not my goal. This is not why God made me and put me on this planet at this exact moment.
Listen, we are impatiently awaiting his music! As soon as you are ready Lizzo!
Hit the flip for a snippet of Simone Biles’ cover story “More Than A Medal”.
Can we just talk about the beauty of black women for a minute?
Simone Biles looks gorgeous on her cover, doesn’t she? We are absolutely amazed – not just by her cover look, but also by her words. In this issue, she discusses her controversial decision to withdraw from the Olympics this summer.
“I certainly knew that any position I took would be a little bigger than herself,” Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles told writer Kovie Biakolo in her cover, “More than a medal.” âAt the end of the day, we are humans. We are not just athletes. We’re not just here to have fun.
While discussing the “twists” that led to her decision to make the headlines not to compete with the backlash of her withdrawal, as well as the outpouring of love and support she received, Biles finally explains. in the feature film: âI feel satisfied with what I did and how I made the decision.
We support you Simone!
Hit the flip for the final cover, featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones.
We love Nikole Hannah-Jones to cover magazines with her courage!
In her cover story “When ‘NO’ Opens Doors”, Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones recounts how, when she refused to accept a position at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for months after withdrawing their initial offer, she wasn’t just saying no to herself.
“It was important for me to say no to the UNC, for my dignity, my respect for myself,” she explains to Malaika Jabali, editor-in-chief of ESSENCE news and politics. . “And then, apart from myself, I had to do it for black people and marginalized people, for their dignity and respect as well.”
Hannah-Jones says she immediately saw the impact of this choice. “A lot of people were watching, people who you think would have no investment in whether a New York Times reporter gets a job at a university,” notes the professor who later joined Howard University and is currently setting up his Center for Journalism and Democracy. âA TSA agent told me, ‘I hope North Carolina helps you. “
I like this. I love the way we root for our people!
Hannah-Jones’ groundbreaking 1619 Project for The New York Times Magazine was published as a book, The 1619 Project: An Origin Story, this week.
Soâ¦ Which blanket is your favorite?
To learn more about this special feature and more, visit ESSENCE.com or pick up the November / December issue on newsstands during the holidays.