Solange and Erykah Badu Show Off Their Hair On 'Essence' Covers


Solange on the cover of 'Essence.'
Photo: Essence Magazine

Hair is officially the biggest accessory for spring, at least in the world of editorial spreads with our favorite female musicians. We kind of called this one after seeing Solange’s angled 'fro in a Harper’s Bazaar feature and V Magazine’s very hairy music issue covers—now Essence magazine has confirmed our inkling with their May 2014 issue dedicated to the topic of natural hair. Fittingly, the magazine tapped Solange, Erykah Badu, and Ledisi—ladies whose hair (and music and style) we’ve always admired—to be the alternate cover stars.

Predictably, they all nailed it. Solange and Badu wore toned-down makeup, all the better to show off their wild curls. In a behind-the-scenes video, we get a closer look at their outfits. For the shoot, Solange stuck with a pastel palette, wearing a reverse-racerback, white lace crop top and mint crocheted skirt on the cover and an ostrich-feather-covered strapless dress and a pink floral jacket inside the issue.

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu on the cover of 'Essence.'
Photo: Essence Magazine

Badu stayed true to her style, opting for a dress by her BFF Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy—whose spring ads she currently stars in. She paired the outfit with hoop earrings, cuffs, and an amazing Ankh knuckle ring that nods to the titles of her last two albums. By the looks of her behind-the-scenes video, Badu wears some of her quirkier looks yet in the issue: a white grid suit with an elaborate winged cuff and a nude, floral kimono-sleeve moto jacket with a matching skirt and pants and a nude hat Pharrell would most definitely approve of. (It's oversized.)

Being the sage that she is, Badu dropped some of her wisdom, sharing on her definitions of style and beauty: “Style and self-expression should expand as your personality does, the more you learn, the more you see, the more elements you add to yourself—and allowing yourself the freedom to grow with your mind aesthetically is not a bad idea. Beauty is your smile, your smell, the intent of your words, courage, your resilience, the way you resolve conflict. Beauty can be measured in all of those things." Never change, Erykah.

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