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Naomi Campbell, Iman and Liya Kebede cover the 40th Anniversary Issue of Essence magazine.

The issue celebrates 40 fierce and fabulous women — including Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Vanessa L. Williams and many more — who have fearlessly given voice to our dreams and paved the way for dreamers to follow.

Plus, First Lady Michelle Obama writes an exclusive letter on how ESSENCE has helped to shape her life and yours.

Also, the collector’s edition will serve as both the magazine’s September Fall Fashion issue and will feature the first official spreads by Essence new fashion director, Elliana Placas. As we previously reported, Essence came under fire for hiring Placas, a white woman.

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