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galleryESSENCE magazine celebrates individual beauty with three women covering its May issue: Ledisi, Solange, and Erykah Badu. All three are recognized not only for their music, but also for their trend-setting hair and clothing choices.

“Although I’m known for my long, colorful locs, I still don’t take my hair too seriously,” says Ledisi. “I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories, and changing it helps express who I am.

With her signature ‘fro and eclectic style, it’s no wonder Solange was selected as art director and creative consultant for Puma. “We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style, or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category,” she says.

“I view my hair and clothes as functional art,” says Badu, the face of Givenchy. “I’m my own stylist, and I love it. But I am not trying to make a statement.”

Read more in the May issue of ESSENCE and check out the covers on the next page!

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