The 49-year-old supermodel — who is set to celebrate her 50th birthday later this month — snapped a series of shots from her home on her iPhone to grace the cover of the longest-running Black media platform for its 50th anniversary, marking history as the first cover star to shoot her own photos.
Sharing a snap of the May/June magazine cover on her Instagram account, she wrote: “It was a very special honor and unusual experience for me to be able to shoot and style my own cover for Essence’ 50th Anniversary Issue on my iPhone.
“While it was a sad reminder for me of all the people in media and production who are not able to work due to the coronavirus, it also brought me hope and encouragement to know that our people and our infrastructures are resilient.
“We are rooted in knowledge and creativity and continue to take back full control of our narratives. We will come out of this stronger than ever. Happy Anniversary @Essence magazine. As we both turn the century together.”
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