[Close-Up] Iman, Ciara & Teyana Taylor Serve Up Triple Tribal Slay For ‘ESSENCE’

Photo Credit: Itaysha Jordan

Iman, Ciara and Teyana Taylor are giving life to the saying the good things come in threes. The ladies serve up three epic doses of tribal slay for ESSENCE July/August 2019 cover spread.

The ladies embody woman power while posing it up in queen lewks styled by Marielle Bobo and lensed by Itaysha Jordan.

Photo Credit: Itaysha Jordan


The modeling icon and beauty mogul serves face while rocking super long braids by Vernon Francois complemented with face paint by Renee Garnes for Iman Cosmetics/Next Artists and manicure by Ami Vega.

On being ahead of her time when she launched Iman Cosmetics 25 years ago:

“When I came on the scene, I was catering to women of all skin colors. Regardless of what hue you are, as long as you are a woman with skin of color, whether you are Asian, Latina or African, I opened that gate. And Fenty knocked the gate out.”

Photo Credit: Itaysha Jordan


The Beauty Marks singer shines in the warrior faux locs coiffed by Cesar DeLeon Ramîrez that we ogled over last month, complemented with face and body paint by Yolonda Frederick-Thompson and manicure by Mimi D.

On her next level-up:

“I’m trying to keep getting better, make health-conscious decisions and be the best mom and wife I can be. No matter how much success you have, I believe there’s always an opportunity to grow and learn something new. And I’m keeping my sexy up too.”

Photo Credit: Itaysha Jordan

Teyana Taylor

The singer, multimedia mogul and nail salon owner gave all the hair drama with this textured updo accented with cowrie shell crown styled up by Vernon Francois along with face paint by Christiana Cassell and mani by Whitney Gibson.

On motherhood:

“Being a mom makes you move differently, think differently and speak differently. Once I had Junie, I realized I was living for so much more,” she tells ESSENCE. “I’m just teaching her early: ‘You are beautiful, you are smart, you are magic.'”

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for HypeHair.com.