On the same day the magazine announced Vanessa Bush as their new editor-in-chief, the magazine also announced Kelly as their September 2013 cover girl.
I’ve never been a fan of Essence’s covers and Kelly’s doesn’t do much to change my mind. The photo looks basic. Not well thought out and completely lacking in imagination. There’s too much black, the lipstick is too dark and worst of all, it doesn’t match Kelly’s nail polish. Non matching lipstick and nail polish is a longstanding pet peeve of mine.
Still, it’s nice to see someone on the cover besides Mary J. Blige or Halle Berry.
Also, at least Kelly’s cover doesn’t look as bad as the ones for Anika Noni Rose and Janelle Monáe. Both ladies should have sued Essence for making them look so homely.