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?


  1. 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.

  2. Her nails look nice.

  3. d_nicegirl


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

    • Ms. Information

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

    • @Ms. Information

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

    • Ms. Information

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

    • @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

  5. 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

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