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The New Issue Of Essence Is All About Your Favorite Magical Black Girls

The three February covers feature Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi, Chi-raq star Teyonah Parris, and activist Johnetta "Netta" Elzie.

If 2015 was a big year for #BlackGirlMagic, then 2016 is already off to a glowing, coconut oil-anointed start — thanks in part to the flawless*** covers of Essence magazine's February issue.

#SneakPeek of our #BlackGirlMagic cover story in the February issue: https://t.co/3SZxD65Vw0

The magazine on Wednesday debuted its first-ever "Black Girl Magic" issue with three stunning cover stars, part of its Class of 2016.

Actress Yara Shahidi, who plays Zoey on ABC's Black-ish, is Essence's "rising star."

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Chi-raq's Teyonah Parris, also knows for her roles in Mad Men, Survivor's Remorse, and Dear White People, is the "Scene-Stealer."

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And Johnetta "Netta" Elzie, the "Activist," is joined by other organizers, including Bree Newsome and Jessica Byrd, on the magazine's "On Our Radar" list.

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All three are also captured in a gorgeous spread inside the magazine.

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Dennis Leupold/Essence
Dennis Leupold/Essence

The issue, which celebrates black girls and women in a range of worlds — from entertainment to activism to tech — has attracted a lot of love on Twitter.

Can't go wrong with beginning the year with some #blackgirlmagic ✨ . Thank you @essencemag ! This is love! #essencemag

I'ma buy all three covers of @EssenceMag just cuz... #BlackBeauty #BlackExcellence #BlackLove

Ands shoutout to @essencemag for having the vision to do a #blackgirlmagic cover w/dope, fresh faces. Thank you for always holding us down.

Elzie shared a lovely behind-the-scenes selfie with Parris.

Selfies w/@TeyonahParris on set #blackgirlmagic @essencemag https://t.co/UBOEY9DsZH

And Shahidi tweeted her appreciation for the whole process.

What a beautiful way to rise and shine! #EssenceCover #BlackGirlMagic #sureoundedByPeersandTeachers

"Being a part of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a Black girl," the 16-year-old told Essence.

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For more information, visit Essence.com. The February 2016 issue is available on newsstands Friday.

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