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Inside the Making of Halle Bailey's Striking "EBONY" Magazine Cover

Inside the Making of Halle Bailey's Striking "EBONY" Magazine Cover

Halle Bailey can often be found singing and writing songs with her sibling duo Chloe x Halle when not acting, garnering numerous Grammy nominations and now their debut full-length album to their name. Recently, 24-year-old singer Jorja Smith addressed criticism over her collaboration with Chris Brown on "How Does It Feel," explaining that her goal was simply to produce quality music - something she hopes all her fans take notice of. Ebony’s Editor-in-Chief Ebony Magazine's revival is an encouraging sign for Black media and Black publications alike. After entering bankruptcy in 2019, Ebony - which had chronicled Black life in America for three-quarters of a century - found new life thanks to former NBA player Ulysses "Junior" Bridgeman and Bridgeman Sports and Media. Ebony magazine made its comeback with daily articles and videos in March, including digital covers featuring portraits of Tobe Nwigwe, Lena Waithe and Karl-Anthony Towns. According to Bridgeman, Ebony plans on hiring more full-time staff and freelance contributors in coming months. Marielle Bobo, former fashion director at Essence magazine, was hired as Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President of Programming. In this capacity she will oversee content creation, marketing, social media platforms and the launch of digital covers in May. Ebony magazine is making a bold move into mobile, with plans for video and live events, hiring Michele Ghee (former BET Networks and CNN executive), as CEO. Her new leadership team has already begun hiring several positions - an art director and copywriter are among them - while simultaneously launching podcasts and newsletters. Ebony’s Creative Director Halle Bailey Makes Striking Ebony Magazine Cover Ebony published an Ebony cover that reimagined Disney's The Little Mermaid this April, shot by Rob Rusling. This stunning photograph depicts Bailey striking an ethereal pose wearing Fendi Haute Couture pieces from Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Schiaparelli and Chanel - as well as additional accessories from Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier Schiaparelli and Chanel. Halle Bailey understands the importance of striking a balance in her life while following her passions, such as her current project: an adaptation of Alice Walker's bestseller The Color Purple. In a recent interview, she described how important it was for her to remain true to both herself and her hair while working on this project. "The hardest thing for me was being honest with myself about who I wanted to be; however, that was also very rewarding." Ebony Magazine recently unveiled their latest cover titled "Covering Black America," showcasing their most iconic covers from 1945-20, including work by Bria Sterling-Wilson's introspective collage artistry that explores sensuality in Black women through fabric, magazines and papers. This work serves as an important reminder that Black women have long had a powerful impact on media representation of them both now and historically. Ebony’s Fashion Director Halle Bailey's Eye-Catching "EBONY" Magazine Cover Fashion can be an ever-evolving world, and trends change fast. That's why Ebony Fashion Director Bobo Jones is bringing in some fresh faces for September 2015 issue to showcase what is trending now in black fashion. Bobo magazine has recruited Chantelle Winnie (Winnie Harlow), Milan Dixon, Diandra Forrest, Samantha Archibald, Fatima Siad and Marquita Pring to showcase how black skin makes an impactful statement through this 10-page editorial. These models look fierce yet confident on the runway while showcasing this season's hottest trends in a stunning set of images. Bobo's expertise extends far beyond her work on Ebony magazine, though. She has experience working on numerous major brands that she brings with her when revitalizing video and social media content for Ebony. Eunice Johnson was co-founder of Johnson Publishing Company (Chicago) which published Jet and Ebony magazines. She famously created Ebony Fashion Fair as a traveling fashion show that would tour for fifty years and change African American fashion forever. Johnson left an indelible mark through both its success and her tireless philanthropy empowering African American women to follow their dreams. Ebony’s Beauty Director Ebony Roberts is an Ebony Beauty Director who prides herself on teaching people how to tap into their own inner beauty, thus increasing confidence and feeling beautiful about themselves. Additionally, she holds workshops at her boutique called Ebony Roberts in Los Angeles. As a mother of five, wife, and elementary school teacher, she has dedicated her life to making others feel confident and beautiful by unleashing their inner Beauty Queen. A self-taught makeup artist herself, she is also the creator of multiple skin care products designed for all clients. She developed her passion for skin care at an early age and remains fascinated with cosmetic products and ingredients today. Today, she runs her own business and conducts workshops worldwide. Beauty entrepreneur Laura-Lee Leach has long been an avid reader, sharing her enthusiasm for the industry with her clients. According to her business philosophy, her aim is to foster an environment which supports Black skin while providing women with education and self-care services. This month, Essence magazine commissioned introspective collage artist Bria Sterling-Wilson to craft a cover story that celebrates the sensuality of African American women. Wilson's striking artwork features Janelle Monae in an imaginative yet colorful setting. Ebony’s Hair Director Ebony Magazine has been depicting Black life since November 1945 when it first launched under Black entrepreneur John Johnson. Now, Ebony is back with a brand-new look and approach! Ebony Magazine and introspective collage artist Bria Sterling-Wilson joined forces for this month's digital cover to bring Janelle Monae's captivating imagery to the page. By manipulating magazine clippings, newspapers, fabric fabric scraps and fabric dye to recontextualize found materials into this energizing retro piece celebrating women of color's sensuality, Ebony managed to craft something powerfully retro that celebrates sensuality among its own women of color community. One of the first things people noticed about Bailey when they saw her in The Little Mermaid trailer was her distinctive red locks with signature locs. On request from director Rob Marshall, she brought her natural locks onto screen as Ariel; it was a "beautiful experience". Teaser trailer for Black Girl in Danger is already making waves among young Black women, many of whom have posted video reactions online. Since last week, it has amassed over 104.6 million global views! Bailey took on the role of Ariel as an opportunity to expand her own artistic expression and take control over how her character should be portrayed on-screen. It gave her permission to wear locs freely and make decisions relating to its portrayal on film. Ebony’s Makeup Director Disney's live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid promises to be an eye-catcher this fall, with Halle Bailey as its star making an appearance on EBONY magazine's cover to discuss her role as Ariel. Bailey sees her cover mermaid as more than just visual effect: it symbolizes her identity as a woman of color. We spoke with her about finding her voice online, as well as dealing with misrepresented comments that often derided her character. Ebony O Makeup has experienced phenomenal growth since it first started up, providing wedding makeup services with an emphasis on natural and glamorous looks. Ebony O Makeup offers an assortment of makeup products called the Adorned Kit that creates a smoky eye look with two shadow shades--deep brown and lighter beige--for an impressive smokey eye effect. Available for just $10, this must-have kit makes Ebony O Makeup an essential must-have. Additionally, Ebony O also provides eyelash extensions and makeup lessons. Ebony’s Photographer Halle Bailey Striking "EBONY" Magazine Cover Fashion photographer Rob Rusling captured actress and model Halle Bailey striking an ethereal pose for V142 Summer 2023 cover featuring couture pieces by Chanel, Armani Prive, Dior, Schiaparelli and Jean Paul Gaultier by Haider Ackermann - alongside accessories by Bulgari. Johnson Publishing's flagship magazine Ebony first debuted in November 1945 to document both glamorous and gritty aspects of Black life. Through the decades, Ebony has provided much needed sustenance for African people through glossy photos and stories. Over time, Black History Month has shown the world politicians, athletes, protestors, artists and models from across all levels. Furthermore, its effects have transformed perceptions about Black history and American culture. Ebony Magazine was known for its award-winning photographers that captured the variety and complexity of African American experience and left a visual legacy. From Emmett Till's execution to Birmingham's brutalities, its coverage reflected both reality and human experiences that had an effect on black lives. For generations, Black Pearl magazine has served as a cultural touchstone and offered readers a distinctive take on American dreams, civil rights issues and middle class prosperity in black communities. Now celebrating 76 years in publication, it hopes to reinvent itself with new approaches to revitalize itself as part of an effort to ensure its survival.

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