Zendaya's Ensemble Stole The Show At This Weekend’s Essence Festival

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Last weekend, NoLa was bustling as top entertainers, media professionals, thought leaders, and politicians of color gathered for the 25th annual Essence Festival. Between a personal interview with former FLOTUS Michelle Obama, an exclusive chat with Democratic candidate Kamala Harris, and a conversation on rising above the effects of sexual assault with survivor Terry Crews — festival attendees delved into a range of vital topics throughout the jam-packed weekend. But aside from talks around issues in the industry and the community, the 2019 Essence Festival brought a ton of noteworthy looks, and the whole affair was dripping with #BlackGirlMagic.

As the long list of stylish guests appeared for three days of performances, panels, and more — they delivered on a fantastic range of summer style tips worth adding to your seasonal mood board. From Michelle Obama's sequined jumpsuit to Elaine Welteroth's powder blue summer suit, there was something for everyone, and The Zoe Report gathered a handful of the very best looks the star-studded lineup had to offer. Whether you're headed to a music festival or a business lunch, the eclectic range of aesthetics will certainly spark summer style inspiration.


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The Euphoria star took the earthy route with a high-waisted maxi skirt featuring brown, cream and green stripes — paired with a tube top and olive-hued suede pumps.

Elaine Welteroth


The More Than Enough author stayed cool with hip-length box braids and a lightweight powder blue shorts suit and bandeau top.


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The multitalented musician never disappoints in terms of performance or style, and she stayed in line with her '90s-inspired aesthetic with a neon camouflage outfit and big hoop earrings.


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The iconic supermodel kept her locks natural with a halo-like afro, and donned a floor-length polka dot jumpsuit with a wait-cinching belt.

Mary J. Blige

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The Family Affair singer commanded the stage in a leopard print romper featuring balloon sleeves and a bedazzled — topped off with knee-high western-inspired boots.

Joan Smalls


The model enjoyed s snack in a vivid periwinkle slip dress and strappy nude heels.

Moana Luu


Essence's Chief Content & Creative Officer gave off major goddess vibes in an airy, decorative gown accented with an ornate golden head piece.

Ebonee Davis


The model opted for an asymmetrical cutout mini dress and classic black mules.