Saturday, December 27, 2014

Is This Really Jada Pinkett Smith?

I first saw this Essence cover about two weeks ago, but I didn't blog about it because I really like Jada Pinkett Smith. But every time I see this picture, I cringe. I've been following Jada from her days on A Different World. We grew up together. She always scored the dudes on my bedroom wall in her early 90s movies from Allen Payne in Jason's Lyric to Blair Underwood in Set it Off. But who is this woman on the December cover of Essence? It resembles Jada, but is that her jawline? A girlfriend said in that picture, Jada was channeling Sanaa Lathan. (Another beautiful woman, but I want Jada to be Jada and Sanaa to be Sanaa.) Is it plastic surgery? Too much makeup? Jada was a pretty girl and had blossomed into a beautiful woman. If this is what Hollywood does to people? Somebody help me. Was anyone else jarred by this photo of Jada or is it just me? In other news, it looks like Essence did beat Vogue to getting Michelle Obama on the cover. It appears that January will feature a double cover with president elect Barack Obama on one and first lady elect-Michelle Obama on the second cover. What a nice way to give the first couple equal props.

Is This Really Jada Pinkett Smith?

Is this really Jada? Who is this?
Is this really Jada? Who is this?

I first saw this Essence cover about two weeks ago, but I didn't blog about it because I really like Jada Pinkett Smith. But every time I see this picture, I cringe. I've been following Jada  from her days on A Different World.  We grew up together. She always scored the dudes on my bedroom wall in her early 90s movies from Allen Payne in Jason's Lyric to Blair Underwood in Set it Off. But who is this woman on the December cover of Essence? It resembles Jada, but is that her jawline? A girlfriend said in that picture, Jada was channeling Sanaa Lathan. (Another beautiful woman, but I want Jada to be Jada and Sanaa to be Sanaa.) Is it plastic surgery? Too much makeup? Jada was a pretty girl and had blossomed into a beautiful woman.  If this is what Hollywood does to people?  Somebody help me. Was anyone else jarred by this photo of Jada or is it just me? 

In other news, it looks like Essence did beat Vogue to getting Michelle Obama on the cover. It appears that January will feature a double cover with president elect Barack Obama on one and first lady elect-Michelle Obama on the second cover. What a nice way to give the first couple equal props.

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I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

So I can’t help but love fashion – one day I will get that Diane von Furstenberg wrap and those Christian Louboutin shoes.

And fragrances? My favorite right now is Chanel Mademoiselle. As for makeup, can we say MAC?

So let’s thank the Greek goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, that a true fashionista can find everything she needs right here in Philly.

I’ve covered fashion here for six years, and I have traveled to New York, Los Angeles and Paris to write about local and national designers. Let me tell you, there is no place where people wear midnight Eagles green or Phillies red with such wild abandon as they do on the west side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

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