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Anyone who has even the slightest interest in fashion is familiar with the trendsetting style of Solange Knowles. She’s a fashion industry darling who’s always shining a spotlight onto emerging designers (like Boxing Kitten).

From the moment she burst onto the music scene rocking dog-tags and a floor length headwrap in her video for On & On, Erykah Badu has continuously pushed the boundaries of fashion, breaking barriers while she’s at it (see: Erykah Badu for Givenchy).

And then there’s singer/songwriter Ledisi. Her fame might not be as widespread the other ladies, but the eight-time Grammy nominee has had a long and storied history in the industry, with a personal style that’s as strong and vibrant as her vocal ability.

Together the three women— Ledisi, Erykah, and Solange— complete the cover girl trifecta of the May 2014 issue of ESSENCE, the mag’s annual Beauty issue.

She’s known for her headful of amazing dreadlocks, but Ledisi is quick to let ESSENCE know that she doesn’t take her hair too seriously:

“I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express who I am.”

Erykah Badu has been doing her own damn style thing since the day she entered the entertainment scene. Afro wigs, a shaved head, gold lipstick, red lipstick, six inch heels, sneakers…Erykah has worn it all.

Considering her soulful vibe and creative energy, it’s no surprise Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci found a muse in Erykah, saying she was one of the inspirations behind his Spring 2014 Givenchy Collection.

With her high fashion status officially certified, Erykah tells ESSENCE that her hair and style are about more than just looks:

“I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.”

Solange is another who constantly switches up her look. Her natural fro has become something of a signature look, but she’s just as quick to wear waist-length box braids, Senegalese twists, or to even straighten her hair on occasion.

She makes it clear to ESSENCE that her eclectic style is no accident. It’s a definite choice:

“We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.”

Each of the ladies ESSENCE chose to front their beauty issue have their own distinct looks and styles, but a common thread is that they all are secure in their fashion choices, dressing for themselves and not for others.

[ photos & quotes: Essence ]

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Continuing to prove she’s a young fashion icon in the making, actress/singer Zendaya Coleman bucked current trends and did her own stylish thing on the orange carpet of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2014.

With a perfectly coiffed high bun paired with heavy bangs hairstyle, and the most beautiful shade of deep matte red on her lips, Zendaya had the foundation set for what would be the most unique, fashionably risky look of the night.

The Dancing With the Stars runner-up went high end, low end, and back to high end with her outfit which included an Oscar de la Renta pearl embellished knit top ($1890), Free People denim cutoff shorts ($68), and a pair of Chanel patent leather and cotton sock high boots from their Spring 2014 collection.

Considering the event was the KCAs where celebs are regularly slimed, and the atmosphere is all about bright colors and kids having fun, Zendaya’s quirky ensemble was decidedly appropriate.

Zendaya joins a string of starlets including Elle Fanning and Kylie Jenner who are proving Young Hollywood knows how to have fun with fashion.

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She came. She saw. She slayed. Nikita actress Maggie Q showed off her gams (and more!) in an Anthony Vaccarello Spring 2014 dress that was business on the right and party on the left.

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Anyone who’s ever watched a single episode of the CW’s Nikita can attest to the fact that star Maggie Q has a figure worthy of her status as a hardworking action star.

And anyone who’s followed Maggie’s career over the years knows that she’s no stranger to showing up and showing out on the red carpet in fab designer frocks.

So of course when the time came to premiere her latest big screen endeavor Divergent, Maggie shut it down in a way that very few others could (Rihanna comes to mind).

Maggie’s Anthony Vaccarello dress ($3,055) features a single long sleeve on one side, and a wide strap on the other.

What steals the show though, is the body revealing ladder-like strap detailing that begins at the hemline of the dress and snakes up the thigh, around the hip, and ends in an open back.

Christian Louboutin ‘Pigalle’ pumps ($625), and a gold box clutch complete Maggie’s look.

When you’ve got it like Maggie, this is how you flaunt it. It’s a daring, attention grabbing outfit that completely steals the show.

[ photos: zimbio, stylebop ]

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She started out in the industry as one fourth of girl group Destiny’s Child. That gig naturally lent itself to the next phase of DC member Kelly Rowland’s career as a solo artist.

And now the Kisses Down Low singer can add a new title to her ever expanding portfolio— Celebrity Caress Fabulista.

A Caress Fabulista knows the importance of enjoying everyday experiences in a fresh way, and Kelly says she’s excited to inspire women everywhere to start their day feeling fabulous by using the new Caress Fresh Body Wash Collection.

Kelly’s favorite scent from the new collection? Emerald Rush, as evidenced by her tonal green on tonal green ensemble.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the new Caress Fresh Body Wash Collection, which should be hitting shelves soon.

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First Daughter Malia Obama has quite the bright future ahead of her. As she traverses through teen-hood and arrives at adulthood, Malia will have such a wealth of opportunities available to her, that she will have the ultimate freedom in deciding who she wants to be in this life.

Until she comes into her own though, Malia can take solace in the fact the she serves as an impeccably, yet age appropriately styled fashionista to whom the teen set can aspire.

The Obama ladies, including First Lady Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha are currently on a week-long educational and cultural exchange visit in China.

While being greeted upon their arrival by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, Malia opted for a chic little high street number from Topshop.

She wore the British label’s Crocus Print Tiered Skater Dress ($136) which features a faux two piece silhouette of a slim fit skirt, and a boxy short sleeved top.

[ photos: zimbio, nordstrom ]

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Celebrities are just like us. They shop at Topshop, and take fashion cues from other celebs.

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Well, at least that’s the case with Mad Men actress January Jones and über celeb Beyoncé.

We marveled earlier this month when Bey took to the streets of London for a date night with hubby Jay-Z wearing a Topshop stripe satin dress ($140).

She paired the dress with black suede pumps, long blonde locks, and a cotton candy pink lip.

It was cute look styled around a cute dress that didn’t need much in the way of accessories in order to create a cute ensemble.

Who knew we’d see the Topshop dress again so soon being strutted by another Hollywood leading lady?

Actress January Jones walked the red-carpet of the 2nd Annual Rebels with a Cause Gala in L.A. Thursday (March 20) wearing the familiar stripe Topshop dress.

She clearly loved her look as she was all smiles styling the dress with loosely waved hair, a bold matte red lip, Jimmy Choo heeled sandals, and a Jimmy Choo ‘Candy’ silver mirrored clutch bag ($850).

So…red lip? Or pink lip?

Who wears their Topshop stripe satin dress best?

  • Beyoncé (61%, 22 Votes)
  • January Jones (39%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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[ photos: nordstrom, zimbio ]

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Because she doesn’t make red-carpet appearances as often as some of her Hollywood cohorts like Zoe Saldana and Diane Kruger, actress Jennifer Connelly is often overlooked as one of the industry’s most fashionable ladies.

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Jennifer is on the promo tour for her latest film, Noah, which is based on (you guessed it!) the biblical story of Noah and the Ark.

While the film may or may not creatively leave little to be desired, Jennifer is making the most of her red carpet moments.

At the Mexico City premiere of Noah, Jennifer wowed in a Givenchy couture gown from the French fashion house’s 2009 collection.

With such an intricately detailed dress, the need for accessories was nil. Jennifer wisely decided to skip any additional accoutrements, choosing softly tousled waves to complete her look.

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At the Madrid premiere of Noah, Jennifer switched things up a bit with her look, opting for a more casual ensemble. But ‘casual’ doesn’t mean she ditched the couture, dahlings.

Jennifer wore one of my favorite dresses, from one of my favorite collections during couture season— a mint green, long sleeve fit-and-flare mini dress with a jewel embellished round collar from the Giambattista Valli Spring 2014 Couture collection.

Again Jennifer opted for minimal accessories, using them for maximum impact. Nude, barely there heeled sandals provided a leg lengthening effect.

Her sleek, pulled back hairstyle allowed her bright pink lip to pop.

[ photos: image.net, style.com ]

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Yes, that 90s fashion comeback is real. And yes, normcore is threatening to turn the style game on its head. But no, that doesn’t mean an era of tasteless fashion is on the horizon.

Take a page from the style playbook of the youngest member of the Kardashian/Jenner Klan, Kylie Jenner, and dabble in both the 90s and normcore trends by adding a contemporary edge to the otherwise innocuous looks.

Kylie has big shoes to fill following in the fashion footsteps of sisters Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, and Kendall, and a recent Miami outing with the fam showed she’s ready to rise to the occasion.

Kylie took to the streets to do a little shopping, and expertly styled a khaki pair of ASOS overalls ($34) with a white cropped tee and gold pups.

Separately they’re three decidedly on trend pieces that together shouldn’t combine to create an outfit that makes any sense, yet for Kylie they do just that.

The crop top and tailored fit of the overalls gives Kylie’s ‘fit a distinct silhouette, and the gold shoes add a bit of glam.

Overalls can be hit or miss depending on the styling and fit, but Kylie’s Miami ready ensemble proves that even when it comes fashion, where there’s a will there’s a way.

[ photos: jennerphotos.com ]

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Here’s to hoping her upcoming turn in Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past leads to more Hollywood opportunities for Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, because her red-carpet style deserves notice.

Case in point: Fan was the epitome of Parisian Chic as she took in the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 runway show in (where else?) Paris.

As she posed for photogs outside the event’s Louvre location, Fan was a breath of fresh, sophisticated air wearing a leather coat from Louis Vuitton’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection paired to perfection with dark oversized sunnies, a Louis Vuitton bag, and suede platform peep-toe heels.

And to complete her diva ready ensemble, Fan added a bold lip in the perfect shade of red.

[ photos: zimbio ]

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It’s like that H&M partnership never happened. Beyoncé has a well documented love of Topshop that’s showing no signs of letting up.

The Drunk in Love singer took a break from the European leg of her Mrs. Carter Tour, and made it a date night with hubby Jay-Z at The Arts Club in London.

With her signature blonde locks on full display, Beyoncé kept her style fun and flirty in a Topshop stripe satin dress ($140).

For her low-key outing, King Bey kept the rest of her look equally understated.

A pair of classic black pumps, and a hoodie she used to keep photogs from getting unflattering shots as she jumped into a waiting car were the only additions to her outfit.

[ photos: zimbio, nordstrom ]

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