*Black, bold and beautiful! That’s the only way to describe ESSENCE’s fierce summer issue featuring icons Iman, Ciara and Teyana Taylor on three breath-taking covers. ESSENCE talks to each about everything from love, overcoming fear and resiliency…
In Regal Iman, the most famous model out of Africa shares how running an inclusive global beauty empire—along with empowering young women of color around the world while she’s at it—is the legacy she’s still growing.
Then in Resilient Ciara, the singer, dancer and happily married mom of two talks about how her life is a testament to the fact that the prayerful survive. Then in the piece, Real Teyana, the singer shares how she is no longer here just for the pleasure of others and continues to elevate her career. Key quotes are below:
- IMAN ON DAVID BOWIE ENCOURAGING HER TO LAUNCH HER COSMETICS LINE: “He literally did not understand fear. He was in my corner cheering me on every step of the way. If it wasn’t for him, I would never have done it…”
- CIARA ON BECOMING RESILIENT: “The biggest thing for me has been understanding how important patience is…My faith has carried me through every challenge and triumph. When I was younger and wanting things to happen when I wanted them to happen. I could never have imagined that 15 years later I’d be having the time of my life…”
- TEYANA TAYLOR ON SHOWING REAL LOVE WITH HUBBY IMAN SHUMPERT: “I don’t want my supporters to feel like we’re untouchable. I don’t want y’all to think we’re Perfect Pattys, because that’s just not real. I think sometimes it takes other couples to see like, ‘Damn, they were able to talk and get through it. That’s inspirational…’”