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Kelly Rowland Gets Glam Up In A Black Dress & Fur Vest For The September 2013 Issue Of Essence Magazine


In the midst of Essence magazine announcing Vanessa K. Bush as their new Editor-In-Chief, multi-platinum Grammy Award winning singer Kelly Rowland covers the publication’s September issue.

The “Dirty Laundry” singer, X-Factor judge and Jaguar spokewoman gets glam up in a black dress layered under a fur vest for the Fall 2013 issue. Inside, she talks about her sister Beyoncé & the life she wants for herself, finding her strength through boxing, and why she is afraid to share her feelings. Below are some highlights: 

On Beyoncé and the life she wants for herself:

“For a long time I wasn’t happy, but that had nothing to do with Beyoncé. That had to do with me trying to get my life in order and make better decisions for myself. I’m seeing all these wonderful things happen for her and I am happy for her. But I want a path. I want things to pop off for me, too. Not on her level but whatever my level is supposed to be.”

On finding her strength through boxing:

“I see the beauty in boxing…It teaches me strength, physically but mostly mentally. I had to learn my strength, because for so long I could have been tougher than I was.”

On why she was afraid to share her feelings:

“’….cause I didn’t want anybody to judge me. But now I don’t care, Judge me if you want to. And as a matter of fact, it won’t even count, ‘cause the only person who can judge is God.”

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Still Reppin For Females: Mary J. Blige Is Looking Flawless In A Red Dress & She Is Guest Editor of Essence’s June Issue

That’s right! 20 years in the music industry, the talented Mary J Blige is still reppin for females all around the world. On her 12th Essence magazine cover, Mary J Blige is looking flawless in a red dress accessorized with a necklace and bangles. In Essence’s June 2012 issue, MJB also serves as a guest editor. This issue hits stands May 11th. Below are some excepts:

“I was never really able to look at myself in the mirror until I began to hear God telling me I was beautiful. Suddenly, other people started telling me I was beautiful, too, because I had started believing it…”—Mary J. Blige, ESSENCE

“ESSENCE readers have had a long love affair with Mary J. Blige. From the first time she came on the scene with What’s the 411?, Mary’s journey has been our journey. She’s been a lover and a fighter. A mogul and an artist. She aspires and inspires. And when the “Queen of Hip Hop” visited ESSENCE’s offices as guest editor (of her twelfth ESSENCE cover!) — she blew us away once again. Rolling up her designer sleeves, Mary got to work and left her imprint throughout the magazine on everything from fashion, relationships, money management and more. Plus, in the introspective story, “Take Me As I Am,” Miss Mary reminds readers that the woman who’s most irresistible to a man is the one who loves herself.”

Source: Essence

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