I grew up with Essence magazine in the house. My mom held a subscription for years and even when I was too young to understand it's purpose or uninterested to read the articles, I loved looking at the pictures. The women in Essence were beautiful. Most importantly, they looked like me and the people I knew. When I became a pre-teen YSB (do ya'll remember that one??) and later a teenager, Vibe magazine were what spoke to me. During junior and senior year in high school, I preferred Cosmo. As a young adult in my early 20s it was all about Honey magazine. But now, at 31, my favorite magazines are Marie Claire and Essence.
Those are the only magazines I read religiously. I take their suggestions, tips and advice to heart. I love the articles and I like the fashion. Both publications speak to me at this exact age. So you can only imagine my giddiness when this past Saturday, while attending a natural hair meet-up (Treasure Our Tresses) a brotha with a camera walked up to me and asked if he could take my picture. He informed me the photo would be featured in Essence.com's photo gallery. I nearly lost it. First, let me say, my hair was fabu! So much love to my stylist Trina at NV Hair Studio. Second, everyone's hair was fabu. The natural sistas came out looking good. So the fact, out of the crowd of beautiful women, I was part of a chosen few really gassed me up. So I gladly took a few pictures (I am one of the most un-photogenic people you will meet).
I figured the picture would be featured in their Street Style gallery, so I started checking on Monday. Finally today, there it was: Hair Street Style: Windy City Naturals. I clicked and clicked and clicked until I landed on photo #10. There I was; I was so geeked at work! I even showed my boss! What a dream! Here is a website that I visit everyday like clockwork; and I am now part of it's archives. Words cannot begin to describe. I love Essence and I love my hair. Who would have ever thought the two would be connected somehow.
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