It’s raining stunning magazines! Over the weekend, New York Magazine showed off its latest issue featuring the best tennis player in the world, Serena Williams, and Monday, ESSENCE rolled out its September issue with history-making ballerina Misty Copeland on the cover.

Williams and Copeland, both legends in their own right, have overcome challenging upbringings, faced racism in their sport, and been praised and scrutinized for their beautifully strong bodies. Still, they’ve defeated adversity, and the haters, to be the most powerful force on the stage and court today.

Through it all, though, both Williams and Copeland have been outspoken advocates for Black people and the community they represent.

On Friday, Williams expressed outrage at the killing of yet another unarmed Black person by police.

And after becoming the first Black principal ballerina at the American Theater Ballet, Copeland said she feels an even bigger responsibility to represent.

“I’m going to continue to be who I am and my experiences as a Black woman have made me who I am,” Copeland explained to ESSENCE. “All of a sudden now that I am in this position, I’m not going to say ‘I’m just a dancer.’ It’s a huge deal because I’m a Black woman. That’s why it’s a big deal.”

It’s also why that’s why we them, too!

New York Magazine is on newsstands now. The September issue of ESSENCE drops on August 14.

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  • [email protected]

    Both women are talented, humble, and worked extremely hard in their lives. They have shown people and especially women that self-determination, and strength is found among a wide spectrum of women worldwide. The covers look great and they are creative. Also, another point is to be made. It is very important to make this point. Yes, I’m going to go there. You know what I’m going to type. Just because many Sisters are strong physically doesn’t mean that they are less feminine than any other woman. All women, irrespective of their phenotype or their fitness level have the same worth and the same dignity as any other human living on this Earth. Serena Williams is Black and Beautiful. Misty Copeland is Black and Beautiful. The inspirational qualities of both women have inspired tons of people worldwide and that’s a blessing. Bless both women.

  • Mary Burrell

    Kudos to them both

    • [email protected]

      I agree with you totally Sister.

  • Rizzo

    phenomenal women …. phenomenally

  • CoolChic

    Wonderful people with self-awareness.