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?

  • http://aintiwoman.com aintiwoman

    oh wow! great cover! the designer complements the beautiful Ms Scott! love it.

  • Ms. Information

    I do, I have been natural for a long time but I’ve had perms, weaves et cetera…..Everything is cyclical…there will come a time where weaves won’t be as prevalent..especially because the cost of hair is ridiculous….but people take it too seriously sometimes….wigs and fake hair have been worn for centuries….Egyptians, Romans…just be you..whether it’s with a weave or not…make sure the inside is righteous.

  • http://theantifash.blogspot.com The Antifash

    My sentiments exactly Jill. I’ve been natural since 06 and I agree 100%.

    She looks beautiful on the cover btw.

  • African Mami

    “Make sure the inside is righteous” -Poignant words!

    Thanks Ms. Info. That was a very goodmorning to me, and hello there to you!

  • http://www.AseIre.com funlayo

    Jilly is G-O gorgeous! A thick sista with a short natural rockin’ it on the cover of a magazine? You definitely don’t see that too often and she is doing it. I just love her style and grace.

    Been natural since I was 14 and never going back! I rock braids/twists with (kinky) extensions but weaves and and shiny wigs? Not for me. What I would love one of those giant afro wigs like Erykah Badu wears, but I’m sure that thing would be hot on my head.

  • Ms. Information

    Good morning sister!!!

  • http://positivelyjewls.com Positively Jewls (@positivelyjewls)

    Love this cover! Jill is such a beautiful woman that it wouldn’t even matter how her hair was on the cover but this cut just brings out her beauty more and I love it. When going natural for the second time and getting it right, I cut all my hair off after 6-8 months of transitioning (can’t recall the exact time now) and I freaked at first because I never had hair that short and society makes you feel like hair is everything. After the tears and getting over myself, I began to enjoy my new found hair and self. Best thing I ever did because I came to realize that hair is not what makes me, I make me.

  • http://itsoftenbeensaid.wordpress.com Sasha

    Her nails look nice.

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  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    How many times has Jill covered Essence? Ten or twenty times? Essence has been using the same 10 or 15 celebs on their covers for about the last 10 years. Lol

  • doubledup

    I agree with you wholeheartedly! Essence is as uncreative as Tyler Perry movies. Same ish same entertainers, same stories, same boring ass writers, same corporate lap-dogging! They need a new vision at some point.

  • doubledup

    I love Jill Scott but damn. She doesn’t even have an album out and now we we are supposed to by a magazine to hear about her cutting her hair and being a single mother and wait, let me guess, her weight gain or loss or whatever she’s going through with that. Bye Bye Baby

  • patti

    I second all of this, Essence is boring. And for me right now so is the natural vs weave debate. It is for some a lifelong statement of political and personal identity for others fashion. So boring to even debate this issue when we have real issues to concern ourselves with. And Essence is tired!

  • Ms. Information

    lollllllll..that is true now that I think of it…Nia Long, Mary J, Monique, Jill Scott…….where are the models?

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    @Ms. Information

    Add Jada Pinkett-Smith and Michelle Obama and you’ve got Essence covers for the last four years. Lol

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val


    I know, right. Since Time, Inc. bought Essence it has been horrible.

  • Ms. Information

    @ Val…It would be nice to see models and upcoming actresses, businesswomen and performers…Essence is super predictable.

  • Brook

    I love this woman! She is so classy, gifted, beautiful inside and out!

    But the media would rather glorify those who are willing to sell their soul. This sista here along with Badu, L Boogie and alike keeps sharing their god given gift with us (no dropping it like its hot needed). Ms Scott is a NATURAL beauty.

  • LeonieUK

    Booooooooooooooooooo boring Essence is horrid. I will read this issue like the other issues for the past 4-5yrs in WHSmith for fr££. Essence NEEDS to get their act together, the magazines has more adverts than actual content, even the website is crap. I do not say this as a hater, I attend the annual concerts, but seriously I’m not moved…like not even a bowel movement after some senokot.

  • gmarie

    I agree completely that hair is an accessory. I wear it how I’m feeling in the moment. We put too much thought into it. Just be free with it, whatever your personal definition of that is..

  • Jaslene

    Wait so Jill Scott is on the cover of Essence magazine and there is absolutely nothing different about her previous covers except this time she hasn’t done shit. Way to go Essence I ain’t buying it I will just read it at the bookstore please just make sure not to include vegetarian only recipes in this issue nobody got time for that.

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    @Ms. Information

    I agree. Especially about the models covering Essence. Black models have such a hard time in the general market. Heck, if Wakeema Hollis or Jourdin Dunn covered Essence I might actually buy a copy. Lol

  • Ms. Write

    Yes, Jill!

  • soulfullyreal

    I love Jill, and just saw her at the Made in America fest in Philly (she was amazing!), but she has covered Essence literally 2-3 a year for the past 4 years. I really wish there was a younger equivalent to Essence that isn’t as stale and repetitive. I don’t hate em, and if i skim the table of contents and find something interesting, I might cop it, but where’s Vibe Vixen or Suede when you need ‘em?

    Jill Scott, Mary J, Halle Berry, Monique, Queen Latifah, Beyonce, Gabrielle Union, Nia Long, Tyler Perry, Jada Pinkett, one group photo (like a ensemble movie or something) and a wild card (a new star/athlete, etc). There, Essence covers for the last 5 years…

  • Ms. Information

    Gabby Douglas would have been a nice cover.

  • D.T.

    Meh…not moved by the cover or her hair. How about they switch it up and use models on the covers or showcase people that aren’t that well known. I would love to see some of my favorite YT vloggers such as NikkiMae2003, Kimmaytube or BlackOnyx on the cover.

  • blackmaleatheist

    so cutting you’re hair short like a man is natural O.o. then where my photo shot at i have short hair since i was born.

  • Ms. Information

    I accidently reported this comment, was trying to hit reply..sorry…was going to say that that is a great idea to put bloggers on the cover…it would bring them into the 21st century and allow new talent to get exposure.

  • http://yahoo silver9391

    I like Jill Scott,I think she is this generations Cecily Tyson. She brings sensitivity, class and style to every role that she plays. Her music is insightfull,delightful and devine. I don’t care what she does to her hair she rocks it and owns it, and looks good doing it. I changed my mind I don’t like Jill Scott, I Love Her!!!

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