• By Malia
  • March 25, 2013

Should White Women Grace The Cover of Essence Magazine?… Jada Pinkett Thinks So

Should White Women Grace The Cover of Essence Magazine?… Jada Pinkett Thinks So

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Jada Pinkett has been using her Face Book to give her opinions on everything from parenting to  being hard on teen celebrities. Well this one might be her most controversial one. She asked her FB fans what they thought about having white women celebrities on the cover of Essence here what her  FACEBOOK page read:


” With love and respect to all parties involved, my question is this … if we ask our white sisters, who tend to be the guardians of the covers of mainstream magazines, to consider women of color to grace these covers, should we not offer the same consideration to white women to grace our covers?

Should women extend their power to other women simply because they are women? To my women of color, I am clear we must have something of our own, but is it possible to share in the spirit in which we ask our white sisters to share with us? I don’t know the answer and would love to hear your thoughts.

Will there ever be a day in which women will be able to see each other beyond race, class, and culture?” Clearly that day’s not today. Or tomorrow. Or next week. . .”


Naturalia’s Response: Me personally I feel that Essence shouldn’t begin featuring Caucasian women on their covers, because it would take away from the true purpose of the publication.  Essence is about  empowering and showing the beauty of the  woman of color.  If it began  promoting Caucasian women on the cover  it would  alter the entire mood of the magazine, and it would no longer cater to helping women of color with hair, beauty, and lifestyle tips.  I just feel that Essence is one of the few publications that places women of color on a pedestal consistently, and I don’t feel that we should change that.

Ladies do you agree of disagree with Jada’s statement.. and why?






ITS LIT!! Malia Brown is the creator of UrbanSocial and Natura magazine. She is the former college ambassador for ESSENCE, a Journalist, and an on-air personality. Malia is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she reports on beauty, pop-culture, political affairs, and race relations.

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