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Like Mother, Like Daughter! Vanessa Williams (53) and her second oldest daughter, Jillian Hervey (27) covers Essence Magazine‘s January 2017 issue.

In the exclusive release, the family duo talk about their journey in and out of the spotlight, surviving setback, finding love again, hair goals and more.

From her Atlanta set of the upcoming show VH1’s Daytime Divas, Vanessa says:

“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.”

Jillian 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.”

Be sure to pick up your copy today on newsstands!


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