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Iman & Naomi Campbell Cover 'Essence' September 2010

Iman & Naomi Campbell Cover 'Essence' September 2010

Naomi Campbell, Iman and Liya Kebede share the cover of Essence‘s September 2010 issue.

Inside the issue, Essence celebrates 40 fierce and fabulous women, including Michelle Obama, Oprah, Serena Williams and Vanessa Williams!

The First Lady also shares a message with readers about how Essence has shaped her life. “I learned a long time ago that when you’ve had some success, it’s not enough to just sit back and enjoy it,” Michelle wrote. “You’ve got to reach back and pull someone else up too…”

Bigger cover pic inside…

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  • Catchy

    naomi look pretty horrible here((

  • Sean

    W O W! Vampires I swear!! Do they Age??

  • zoz

    They look great, love what Michelle said.

  • Sadie

    Where is Tyra :( ?

  • Everything_But_the_Girl

    I see one blood diamond..NOt!

  • Brightside
  • opmy

    Liya is so pretty. I dont see the fuss with Iman- shes not a good model.

  • mimi

    OMG, Iman is absolutely gorgeous! Liya is as well, but there is something so incredibly regal about Iman. Naomi, eeshhh…definitely had fillers or implants in the cheek area…not good.

    These women are undeniably beautiful, but I would like to see more cover beauties that are more representative of black beauty and features: the wider nose, very full lips, etc. Arguably, with the possible exception of Naomi, these women have very small, European-looking noses. Most of the black women out in the “real world” don’t have that type of nose. It would be wonderful to see those types of black features and not women that have had their nose reshaped such as Halle Berry, Vivica Fox, Liya, among others.

  • mimi

    Oops, did not mean to say that Liya had her nose reshaped. Meant to say her nose is not representative of the features I was talking about.

  • sillyme

    I had to stop buying Essence. I get it that they’re proud to have a black First Lady. I am, too. But, good grief, do they have to feature her in EVERY issue?

  • Brightside

    Liya Kebede is always beautiful, she’s the most beautiful one there….

    ….and here, too : )

  • Brightside
  • um

    Everyone looks good but Iman’s personality in real life leaves a lot to be desired, she’s almost like Naomi but without the violence. Liya is beautiful but why no models rocking a natual hairstyle? I mean where are the braids, dreadlocks, curly fro’s and wavy hair styles? Just saying…

  • African queen

    lilya and Iman are African queen. They are timeless beauty and oh so classy . African women are gorgeous.

  • Traci

    They’re all such timeless beauties!

  • honestly…

    Naomi is a disgraceful human being and a spoiled brat. She has no place being paired with these other women.

  • Ania

    haha does anyone see how retarded naomi looks in that photo

  • yvette

    Why is there still this segregation going on. “To black women” well, way to exclude all other women

  • lipz

    Gorgeous! Black is beautiful…Black dont crack!

  • steve

    @lipz: no, but it sure does get ugly. in most cases it ends up looking like a horse.

  • imogene

    @mimi: There are many types of black people. Liya is from Ethiopia and many of them have that look. Doesnt mean shes white. Naomi has thick lips and a wide nose and she is a huuuge model.

  • clay

    @imogene: Agreed.

  • clay

    @steve: Funny! That is a good answer to that silly, uncomplimentary sounding phrase.

    Why do they use it?

  • Leila

    What a beautiful cover.

  • Lovely

    There are a few people here making disparaging remarks because the magazine features BW. Why are you here? Some 99 percent of female magazines feature WW. Until that changes, it’s okay for Essence to showcase great Black beauty. Really. It’s okay. Calm down and don’t feel so disenfranchised.

    Second, to the person who says “Black don’t crack” sounds dumb and to the other one who made a nasty comment, simply don’t use the phrase if you don’t like it. And stay out of the company of Black people if you don’t want to hear it. Easy enough, no?

    Go, Essence. I grew up on Essence, not American television. I thank God I had a place to see the true beauty of Black women and not the lies that are shoved down our throats by mainstream.