CoverGirl for Essence Magazine


Playing two Karen’s in the April issue! 
Behind the scene shots of playing a famous actress and a fan.

A stand in was used for placement

Extensions added in to play the actress

The aim was to play completely different characters. It worked because I didn’t recognize myself!!

About to walk on set (you should have seen the gold heels I was wobbling in)

The shoot was to promote CoverGirl Lip Color Blast Flipstick Colour (try saying that 3 x fast).

Blogger Claire Sulmers from The Fashion Bomb also had an alter ego shoot.  Here’s us checking out the shots so far

Playing around (Claire the office worker, me the fan of an actress)

My colour was ‘Minx’

We arrived at 8am and left the studio well after 7pm. Took this shot out the window before we walked out

In December I did a photo shoot for CoverGirl!  I still can’t believe I got to work with the brand again – this time for Essence (my last CoverGirl shoot post is here).

The brief for the shoot was to show two different characters. I was an actress, the other ‘person’ is their fan. Well it worked because good God I didn’t recognize myself.  The photos were taken by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks who’s known for creating ‘doubles.’  (I remember the work he did one year for America’s Next Top Model).

Thank you Essence, CoverGirl,  Saisha Beecham (make up artist magician), Derek Blanks and last but not least Michael for taking the behind the scene pics!  What I wore arriving at the studio.

ps. Mum your mag copy is on it’s way!


  1. Dree says:

    The pics turned out so lovely! cant wait to see them in the issue. 🙂

    Dree xx

    • Karen says:

      The mag is out! Whitney Houston is on the cover which makes me feel even more proud.

  2. Sing says:

    Wow you sure do look like a different person. Love the lipstick on you.

  3. ASH says:

    Looks fun!

  4. Dee Emerald says:

    beautiful! very well done on ur part. I can just picture Tyra saying u “smized” just right! lol.

    I’ve been a lurker on ur blog but had to write my first comment today.

    • Karen says:

      Hello 🙂 always good to see a lurker come out.

  5. Erica B. says:

    Fabulous! I’ve always wanted a Derek Blanks photo session.

  6. Theresa says:

    The CoverGirl ad turned out so freaking cool! What an unique idea – you look fab! Looking forward to getting my next copy of Essence 😉


    The Habit

  7. Taylor B. says:

    I didn’t recognize you either! That’s so cool!

  8. Mari says:

    You looked so amazing in the photos. Congratulations once again. Can’t wait to see what other projects you land.

  9. Mari says:

    You looked so amazing in the photos!!! So lovely…

  10. Serendipity Max says:

    This is amazing. I actually thought it was two different people on first look!


  11. BougieHippie says:

    oMG!!!!! look at you all glam up!!!!!!!!


    Keep up the good work. I love Saisha Beecham, she is so sweet and nice. I had the pleasure of working w/ her here in Atlanta. Derek Blanks is a very down to earth person. He really makes you feel at ease when you work w/ him, which you can tell by the final pictures.

    • Karen says:

      Yes both are great and clearly work together well as a team. Derek is one of the nicest photographers I’ve met so far. Sooo

  13. WearAbouts says:

    Karen….you look SO FANTASTIC! you need to smile more often!!!! That first shot is fantastic….the “move star” doesn’t look anything like the “fan”! Can’t tell their both you at all! You are so stunning it’s blowing me away!!!!! 🙂
    congrats on another covergirl feat! <3
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    • Karen says:

      Ah thank you. A friend asked who’s that girl with you and when I said its me she was shocked. Agreed they def created a very diff me. good fun though.

  14. Shayne Renee says:

    This is amazing! You look unbelievable! Congrats!

  15. Shandrese/Natalia says:

    yay!!!!!!!!!! you look gorgeous!!!! i purchased some of these items a while ago and i must say they are pretty cool 🙂 congrats girl 🙂

  16. Goody says:

    This is way cool and i must have that lip color!