Jill Scott has always been a stunning woman, but she truly radiated beauty and light when she stepped out after her big chop with a close-cropped TWA. She just oozed confidence, power and grace when she hit the stage with her short natural cut, and all her beautiful facial features stood out even more.

She looks just as brilliant on the cover of Essence magazine’s October issue. The fact that Jilly from Philly chose to rock her TWA on the cover is a bold statement and it marks a refreshing diversion from the long natural or relaxed hairstyles we usually see.

Ms. Scott is fully aware of how rare and significant her cover look is, and opens up about her relationship with her hair in the article:

“This is the simplest form of myself. I look in the mirror and it’s like, ‘Hey, there you go. What’s up, girl?’ For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory. Tomorrow I may want a wig down to my butt and I’m gonna rock it, and the next day I may want a big Afro and I’m gonna rock that too…”

I love the freedom she wields when choosing her hairstyles from wigs to razor-sharp cuts. It’s also fascinating that she says her TWA “is the simplest form of myself.” Some women, not all, are scared to see themselves without long hair and use it as a security blanket but Jill seems at peace with her look at any length.

What do you think of the Essence Magazine cover, Clutchettes? Do you have a similar relationship to your hair?

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