Inspirational songstress Avery*Sunshine was an ESSENCE woman long before she joined the ESSENCE Fest family last year.
Fresh off her set last night in the "For the Love of R&B" Superlounge, Avery reminisced about finding her inner sunshine with ESSENCE.
"I saw the models at ESSENCE, I saw the cover girls on ESSENCE," she said. "That was my first experience with beauty, and it reinforced how beautiful we are and reminded me to always find the beauty in me."
She encouraged women everywhere to look within and embrace every inch of themselves.
"Keep your hair straight or curly, with make-up or no make-up, overweight or underweight," she said. "Whatever moment you're in, find your beauty."