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Mary J. Blige will be on the cover of Essence Magazine for the 12th time!! For the June 2012 issue, Mary J. Blige is not only gracing the cover of Essence but is also serving as the guest editor.

Preparing for her headline performance during the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans this July, Blige is looking extra comfortable in her own skin these days. Mary is giving her insight into relationships, finances, and fashion. She also is unveiling even more about her journey in life.

Mary J. Blige says, “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.”

According to the press release:

From the first time she came on the scene with What’s the 411?, Mary J. Blige’s journey has been our journey. She’s been a lover and a fighter. A mogul and an artist. She aspires and inspires. And when the “Queen of Hip Hop” visited Essence’s offices as guest editor (of her twelfth Essence cover!) – she blew the team away once again. Rolling up her designer sleeves, Mary got to work and left her imprint on everything from stories on fashion, relationships, money management and more. Plus, in the retrospective piece, Take Me As I Am, Miss Mary reminds readers that the woman who’s most irresistible to a man is the one who loves herself. 

Issue hits stands May 11th!

(Source: TheYBF)

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