Sometimes we wear it long and relaxed with color. Then we might go big and carefree or weave it, braid it or loc it. We’ve been known to chop it all off, too, as I did a few years ago. No matter the style or texture, each strand that graces our crown represents our journey.

This month we’re focusing on the majesty of our hair, which makes Golden Globe–winning actress and empress of the ever-changing coif Tracee Ellis Ross a natural choice for cover girl. The CEO and founder of the hair care line Pattern has exuded her own timeless beauty on Girlfriends and black-ish. Styled by Law Roach and shot by our Best in Black Fashion Awards–winning photographer Itaysha Jordan for the October issue, she is an absolute vision.

We’re also thrilled to highlight three reigning queens who’ve been representing all year—Miss America, Nia Franklin; Miss USA, Cheslie Kryst; and Miss Teen USA, Kaliegh Garris—and to introduce 35 power players who’ve made our beauty needs their business. Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated British actress Naomie Harris serves up looks from the 1990’s, and 15-year-old budding Hollywood mogul and black-ish costar Marsai Martin opens up about the source of her confidence.

I hope that what you read and see on these pages leads you to honor your own crown as you walk through the world feeling regal, with your head held high. Embrace yourself.

In love always…

Moana Luu
Chief Content and Creative Officer
TWITTER: @MoanaLuu
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What I’m Loving Right Now:

Area Crystal Crochet Cape: This embellished cover-up from the fall/winter 2019 collection of this woman-owned brand is a keeper. (

Joanne Petit-Frére: Haitian by way of Brooklyn, the sculptor braids hair into intricate, elaborate art, as seen in her ReDressing the Crown series. (@joannepetitfrere)

85 To Africa: Jidenna’s new album takes us on a musical road trip from America to the Motherland. (

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