Iyanla Vanzant-Feb

ESSENCE Magazine is switching up their cover rotation with a new subject on the February 2012 issue: Iyanla Vanzant. The life coach graces the cover alongside the line: “10 Ways You Can Fix Your Life and Get To Happy.”

The former single mother of three on welfare has made an empire out of doling out no-nonsense wisdom and sharing her life experiences. She gives counsel to people struggling with infidelity, abuse, abandonment and more on her popular weekly series on the OWN network, “Iyanla: Fix My Life.”

In ESSENCE Magazine, she shares 10 steps to finding happiness, including advice on finding a partner:

“Be willing to share all of who you are. So many of us want a partner, but we’re not willing to show all of us. That’s why we have a weave, we’re wearing Spanx and everything is ‘fine.’ If you’re not willing to let your partner see your cellulite or know your biggest fears, then you aren’t really ready to share yourself.”

The February issue of ESSENCE hits stands on 1/11. What do you think of Iyanla’s ESSENCE cover, Clutchettes?

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  • MommieDearest

    I think it would be great if Essence would devote 1 or 2 issues per year where they feature someone who is not a celebrity on the cover. I’m talking about an everyday sister that no one has heard of who is doing her thing and trying to come up; someone who is starting her own business, an aspriring author, a fashion designer, a community leader/activist, a minister, an educator… the possibilities are endless.

    • Chelle

      Agreed MommieDearest. What would make it even better is that the same concept going to prime-time television. I’d much rather see a show about “someone starting her own business, an aspiring author, a fashion designer, a community activist leader, a minister, an educator” etc. as opposed to Basketball Wives or Real Housewives of whateverthehell.. There’s a lot of people out here, like me and you that are much more pumped up by the ambitious/ great thinkers of everyday people than “ratchettness” and/or celebrities.

    • cb

      what happened to models?

  • beks

    i’m happy that essence changed it up (from the ten comment above) but alot of her advice is simply bad and from a mental health perspective…dangerous. i’ll borrow the copy to see if there is some real journalism in there….#sideeye

    • Chelle

      Agreed. After watching her show on OWN I lost a little respect for her, her methods of counseling didn’t sit well with me, especially with the episode featuring Maia Campbell.

  • MuffyCrosswire

    So over this woman.

  • Niki

    I’m glad to see that they’ve strayed from the usual…however, Iyanla looks a bit gray to me 0_o. I haven’t read or held a subscription to essence because I swear they raised their yearly price. Please bring Suede mag back or something similar.