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Essence's 40th anniversary comes with controversy

Essence marks its 40th anniversary as the premiere magazine for black women next month, but overshadowing the celebration is the uproar over the magazine's new fashion director, Ellianna Placas, who is white. The choice raises questions about diversity in the fashion industry, the magazine's ongoing mission and its leadership role in the culture.

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