Our January/February 2021 issue is a collaborative effort between global pop star and entrepreneur Rihanna and celebrated artist Lorna Simpson. Simpson has been heralded for her work in the arts, specifically her collages of Black women.
“[Collaborating] with Rihanna and ESSENCE magazine is quite incredible,” Simpson said to us while on set of her collaboration with Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin founder. “As an artist, I’m able to deliver these unusual images of someone who is so well-known and so recognizable… It’s an amazing opportunity.”
Simpson became well known for her work in the 1980s, as she explored identity politics through mixed media. She studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York and went on to receive her MFA from the University of California at San Diego.
At the onset of her professional career, Simpson brilliantly used excerpts from Ebony and Jet magazines to depict the beauty