Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

CONGRATS to CREED II starlet Tessa Thompson. She is the latest beauty to cover ESSENCE. The magazine posted the image of the versatile actress on Instagram along with the following caption:

“@tessamaethompson has gone from Hollywood’s best-kept secret to an official IT girl,” said ESSENCE on Instagram. “I like the idea of expanding perceptions of what a woman can be & what a woman of color can be.”

Thompson was shot by 20-year photography veteran Shaniqwa Jarvis and expressed her sincere appreciation for the collaboration.

“It feels really refreshing to be shot by a woman,” says Thompson to ESSENCE. “Actresses are so often subject to the male gaze. The highest sense of praise and honor is being seen by a woman and feeling acceptance from other Black women, just a sense of camaraderie and collaboration. That, to me, is so profound.”

ESSENCE will hit newsstands on October 26.

Photo Credit: ESSENCE