Aug 5, 2010

When the first issue of ESSENCE arrived on newsstands in May 1970, few guessed that just four decades later the First Lady of the United States would be a Black woman. As the magazine turns 40, we celebrate 40 fierce and fabulous women -- including Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Iman, Serena Williams, Vanessa L. Williams and many more -- who have fearlessly given voice to our dreams and paved the way for dreamers to follow. Plus, in "Be Fearless," take a look at an exclusive message from First Lady Michelle Obama on how ESSENCE has helped to shape her life and yours. source

The 40th anniversary issue also marks the debut of Ellianna Placas as the new fashion director of Essence.
Will you be picking up a copy of the latest edition of Essence magazine?


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