With the launch of ESSENCE.com Makeover Magic virtual beauty experience we highlight the power of transformation with flashback music maven Mary J. Blige’s evolving style. Check out how the soul queen went from street to chic. By Qianna Smith
Not many women would feel comfortable in short leather shorts, but they were a staple of Mary’s wardrobe in the early days. She was years ahead of her time sporting the gladiator sandal trend that is so hot right now. Here, the diva belts her hit “Not Gon’ Cry” at the Soul Train Awards.