Vanessa Williams and her daughter, ‘Lion Babe’ vocalist Jillian Hervey inspire New Year hair goals on January 2017 issue. See all their Amazing shots and excerpts from their interview after the cut.
One-time Most Beautiful Girl in America now at 53, Vanessa Williams is still as stunning as ever. Her daughter Jillien Hervey who also goes by the name “Lion Babe” is equally as appealing and as fierce as her ageless mother, she is called the Lion Babe after all so that ought to count for something. Both ladies have managed to carve out successful careers for themselves and are dishing about being in the spotlight with Essence Magazine. Keep Reading…
The flawless mother and daughter talk about their journey in and out of the spotlight in ESSENCE’s January 2017 issue, kicking off new year hair and beauty goals along the way.
Williams, 53, and Hervey, 27, know fierceness runs in their family, but so does maintaining a strong work ethic and staying true to who you are at any age. These traits have served Williams well in her 30-plus year career, which survived being dethroned as Miss America in 1984 to becoming an award winning film, TV and Broadway actress and recording artist. Now television has come calling again—next spring she stars as an aging mean girl talk show host on VH1’s Daytime Divas.
On surviving a setback: “You have to go through the fire. Avoiding the pain is why most people never resolve it. You have to dig deep, sit in it and ugly-cry. Pretending it’s not there and keeping busy are a way of avoiding it.”
On finding love again: “[Marrying Jim Skrip] it was one of those easy, easy things. It was fantastic.” But being a nurturing mother has been one of Williams’ top priorities too.
Hervey and her partner, Lucas Goodman (aka Astro Raw) began releasing music under the Lion Babe moniker in 2012 and later signed with Interscope Records. In preparation for their follow up 2016 EP, Begin, Hervey’s making sure their next album hits the right note as much as her look—with or without her signature “lion” mane —which has taken a life of it’s own.
Hervey tells ESSENCE, “My hair was supposed to represent this freedom, and then it almost became a trap.” Hervey’s love-hate relationship with her hair has come full circle and now she proudly celebrates her natural coils. After participating in a hair panel during AfroPunk, she recalled being emotional at the sight of women who “were different versions of me. Everyone was creative and beautiful, and it felt so sacred.”
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