Mary J. Blige for ESSENCE Magazine [November 2017]
R&B singer Mary J. Blige covers the November 2017 issue of ESSENCE magazine.
Blige can be seen sporting an all-white ensemble including a fluffy fur jacket. Inside this issue, Blige discusses her upcoming NETFLIX film, “Mudbound” – a film set in the Mississippi Delta during the Jim Crow south era.
In the film, Blige plays Florence Jackson, a mother of four who faces several hardships due to the color of her skin, all while living on a saturated farm.
“Shedding Mary J. Blige for Florence gave Mary J. Blige some confidence… like a lot of it,” Blige told ESSENCE. “[On set] I could hear people whispering, ‘She’s so beautiful.’ And I was like, ‘Who the hell are they talking about?'”
Blige also reveals that she had to take on this role all while going through a very public, and sometimes nasty, separation from her husband of 14-years.
“I had just come back from performing on the Bad Boy Family Reunion tour with all the nails and the wigs, and I wasn’t trying to depart from that,” she admitted. “So when it came time to get into character, I was like, ‘Can I wear a lace-front wig? Can I get some lashes?'”
For more with Mary J. Blige, pick up the latest issue of ESSENCE magazine. Check out the trailer for “Mudbound” below.