Global Fashion Issue: Serena Williams Covers ESSENCE Magazine September 2019

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES — The September 2019 issues are now arriving on the Internet and newsstands around the globe. Magazines are bringing their A-game with eye-catching covers. Some issues even weigh more than a pound and has over hundreds of pages.

The September issue is the most important and biggest issue of the year for fashion publications. Candy Pratts Prince once said, “September is the January in fashion.” September’s fall fashion issues hold a lot of weight and most luxury houses spend the most amount of advertising dollars in this particular issue.

Jordyn Woods covers Cosmopolitan UK September 2019 issue (see it here) and Alicia Keys covers Harper’s Bazaar‘s Bazaar Icon September 2019 issue (see it here).

Next up is Serena Williams! The international tennis champion and fashionista covers the September 2019 issue of ESSENCE, dubbed the “Global Fashion Issue“.

The photo spread was shot by photographer Kwaku Alston and styled by ESSENCE Fashion Director Marielle Bobo.

The publication said, “September’s Global Fashion Issue sees tennis superstar and fashion designer Serena Williams resplendent from beginning to end in the story, “The Future of Serena Williams”—from rocking face paint by Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Laolu Senbanjo on the cover, to dazzling fans in designers such as Carolina Herrera, Giuseppe Zanotti, Talbot Runhof, Issey Miyake and more in a gorgeous photo spread shot by photographer Kwaku Alston and styled by ESSENCE Fashion Director Marielle Bobo“.

We are beyond ecstatic to have Serena Williams—one of the most photographed women on the planet—to be the muse for our September Global Fashion issue,” said ESSENCE Chief Content & Creative Officer MoAna Luu. “This issue promises to be one of ESSENCE’s biggest with a fresh new redesign. We also brought the best Black creatives in the world—including visual artist Laolu, who gave us Serena’s stunning face painting for the cover—to present all of the stunning visuals that you see.”

In the issue, the world-class tennis pro opens up about everything from bouncing back her body after motherhood to investing in herself when she launched her own clothing line.

“My biggest joy is that I know that I’m doing something that I’ve always wanted to do, that I always dreamed of doing,” Williams told ESSENCE, “I just needed to do it on my own. Because when you invest in yourself, it helps your confidence, and you’ll know forever that whether you make it or not, you stepped up to the plate.”

Photos Credit: Kwaku Alston


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