UPDATE 9/6 @2:00pm:
Jill Scott has taken to Twitter to refute the reporting conducted by TheYBF.com. The singer tweeted three messages last night stating that she in fact worked closely with Essence on the October cover shoot and that the only "coup" was having natural hair on the cover--not any discourse while producing it.
In addition, a PR rep for Essence issued the following statement to The Huffington Post:
Essence invited Jill to showcase her natural hair on the cover of the October issue and Jill was excited to do so.
Here's a look at Jill's tweet about the situation (note: It appears the tweets have since been deleted from Jill's timeline).
Oprah Winfrey and Viola Davis aren't the only stars ready, willing and able to show off their natural hair to the world. Grammy award-winning singer Jill Scott is proudly rocking her TWA (teeny weeny afro) on the cover of the October issue of Essence.
In fact, Jill demanded that her au naturale coiffe be captured for the feature. She told TheYBF.com that she "staged sort of a coup" by giving the glossy an ultimatum: either she shoots the cover with her natural hair or she doesn't shoot it at all.
Way to pull the diva card for a fabulous cause, Jill! The result, a perfectly polished and gorgeous cover to add to her collection.
In the October issue, the "Golden" songstress opens up about her hair and how much fun she has expressing herself through different styles.
“This is the simplest form of myself. I look in the mirror and it’s like, ‘Hey, there you go. What’s up, girl?’ For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory. Tomorrow I may want a wig down to my butt and I’m gonna rock it, and the next day I may want a big Afro and I’m gonna rock that too…”
We love her confidence and we totally adore this cover look. What do you think?