I've had this magazine cover since 2001. Not only because it's a good design issue but mainly because of Lauryn Hill. I saw this when I was contemplating on going natural. This powerful image of her inspired me to go for it.
It's a shame she totally removed herself from the public eye for so long (except briefly to promote her last album and until recently with her band-mates, Wyclef and Pras) because she represented so many young women who look like her; brown skin, full lips, natural hair. Faces, images, you don't typically see when beauty is concerned. Instead it's the Beyonces' and Christina Milians' honey glow look (sorry Bey, I still love ya) representing Black beauty. Lauryn was someone we could look to as another reference of beauty, and this photo says it all.