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01/06/2016 01:10 pm ET Updated Jan 13, 2016

Essence Magazine Celebrates #BlackGirlMagic In Exciting New Issue

These covers are epic.

Essence magazine debuted its first "Black Girl Magic" issue on Wednesday, which celebrates a class of well-deserving and hardworking black women who are paving our future.

It is part of the publication's Black History Month commemoration and comes complete with three separate covers featuring activist Johnetta "Netta" Elzie and actresses Teyonah Parris and Yara Shadidi.

 We're in awe: 

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"Being a part of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a black girl," 16-year-old Shahidi told the magazine. 

Other trailblazers are also honored alongside these amazing women as part of Essence's "Class of 2016." They're being recognized for the great work they've done in their respective fields, including young women like Bree Newsome, Zendaya, Willow Smith, Aja Naomi King and Quvenzhane Wallis. 

The issue will be available on newsstands everywhere on Friday, Jan. 8th. 

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