Mary J. Blige’s Braided ‘Do Stole The Show At 2017 ESSENCE Fest

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If you thought a divorce from her husband of 12 years would put a damper on Mary J. Blige‘s spirit, think again. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul recently took over this year’s ESSENCE Festival with a stunning new look.

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As one of the handpicked headliners, Mary delivered a flawless performance on the festival’s main stage and was spotted at several events like the private “Strength of a Woman” brunch where she was honored with the ESSENCE Icon Award by the publication’s Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. DeLuca.

Mary J. Blige x ESSENCE Fest

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Aside from slaying professionally, she also served fashionable looks from head to toe. In particular, everyone was in awe over her new ‘do: shaved sides and an undercut paired with blonde box braids. In addition to her opting for her signature golden hue, the braids featured wavy, unraveled ends for the perfect beachy vibe that we’ve seen Zoë Kravitz rock, too.

Mary J. Blige x ESSENCE Fest

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Not only is Mary’s hair perfect for the season, it’s a fresh and daring look that will certainly inspire many ladies to step outside of the box this summer.

Ladies, what do you think? Are you feeling her mix of different trends and styles in one?

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