Essence covers fashion topics for African-American women, including celebrity styles and major events in the fashion world, such as New York Fashion Week. The magazine also offers seasonal tips on outfits and accessories, as well as reviews of hair and skincare products.
Essence magazine covers topics pertinent to African-American women between the ages of 18 and 49. Topics range from lifestyle and family issues to social and community topics, but the primary focus is on beauty and fashion. Celebrities such as Michelle Obama and Whitney Houston have appeared on the cover. The magazine features sections titled Celebrity, Fashion, Beauty, Hair, Love and Life.
The fashion section covers celebrity style, providing commentary on fashion trends among famous African-American women. It also offers general style advice, including suggestions for putting outfits together and choosing shoes or accessories. A subsection titled Curvy Girl Style offers fashion tips to plus-size women.
The beauty section features articles on skincare, makeup, nails and perfume. This section includes reviews of particular products as well as examples of celebrity looks. The hair section offers tips and product reviews for women with different hair types and styles, including natural, relaxed and transitioning hair. A subsection titled Wigs/Weaves offers tips about hair extensions.