Posted by | RayCornelius

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige is the cover model and Guest Editor for Essence’s June Issue.  Mary looks stunning in a fitted red dress complete with her signature blond chignon and wooden necklace.

According to, Mary will discuss everything from fashion to relationships to money management and loving yourself first. This is also Mary’s twelfth cover on the magazine.

Here is what she had to say about coming to terms with her own beauty: 

“I was never really able to look at myself in the mirror until I began to hear God telling me I was beautiful. Suddenly, other people started telling me I was beautiful, too, because I had started believing it…”

MJB’s Special Edition of Essence will hit newsstands on May 11.

Tell us what you think about Mary J. Blige’s Essence cover?