The 40th anniversary issue celebrates 40 fierce and fabulous women — including Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Vanessa L. Williams and many more — who have fearlessly given voice to our dreams and paved the way for dreamers to follow.
First Lady Obama shares a message with readers about how Essence has shaped her life. “I learned a long time ago that when you’ve had some success, it’s not enough to just sit back and enjoy it,” Lady Obama wrote. “You’ve got to reach back and pull someone else up too…”
The Essence 40th collector’s edition will be the September Fall 2010 Fashion issue and the an official spread by Essence white fashion director, Elliana Placas spread.