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Mona Issa

The multi-talented sis graces the latest cover of Essence

Issa Rae is one of the most inspiring women on the planet. The actress, writer, producer, and director graced the cover of Essence earlier this month and the glow is incredible.

I first took notice of Rae when she created the hit web series “Awkward Black Girl.” After the series gained its popularity, Rae’s talents skyrocketed to the top. Rae inspires me because she wears so many hats and she checks a bag for every last one of them. She has used turning points in her career as stepping-stones to get to the next level.

Rae has always talked about how awkward she is and I feel like every Black girl can relate. There are so many things about myself that seem awkward but I have come to realize that my awkwardness makes me unique. Women like her are the reason why I am completely comfortable in my own skin.

Essence Magazine did a beautiful spread of her and sis is glowing! The New Orleans themed shoot set the perfect tone. Rae was dressed in beautiful, bold and bright colors that made her skin jump off the page. Her skin was not the only thing that was glowing either. Rae showcased her engagement ring in every last picture! Rae is high-key about her money and low-key about her love life and this is why she will forever be my favorite!


Photographer: Itaysha Jordan –@itayshaphoto 
Stylist: Jason Rembert – @jasonrembert
Hair: Felicia Leatherwood – @lovingyourhair
Makeup: Joanna Simkin – @joannasimkin
Manicure: Vontrell Jiles – @sparklev789 and Katalina Mitchelle – @katalinadoesnails


By Brittanie Sturdivant, Sophomore,Open Campus Parsons School of Design

Instagram: B_Slay_S


Written by Brittanie

I rep the 219, Indiana. I'm a wardrobe stylist and owner of Vintage By. B. I love shopping for pieces that are different and that I know nobody else will have! But one thing I hate about shopping is going broke doing so. Throughout the years of me working in retail, I have picked up a lot of tips and tricks for saving LOTS of money when shopping. I also go against trends by Vintage shopping. I find pieces that I can pair together to create works of art. You can call me a penny pincher, but I'll look BOMB while pinching my pennies :)

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