Erykah Badu Covers VOGUE’S March Issue

Posted on February 08, 2023

Erykah Badu has long made her ethereal personal style and signature sound—an enthralling blend of hip-hop, soul, jazz, and funk—her calling card. Now, the fashion world is finally catching up to her. For Vogue’s March issue, friends and family of the four-time Grammy winner—including designers Thom Browne and Francesco Risso of Marni—describe Badu’s enduring and otherworldly influence. Plus, we get a sneak peek at her 2023 to-do list, which includes continuing her work as a doula, breaking into the cannabis industry, and a bevy of exciting collaborations.


Badu on her enduring influence: “I feel I’ve poked this hole in the dam. It’s this little hole and all this water is seeping through. Now all the people who have the same energy are able to experience what I experience. It’s a rebirthing process, and I feel like I’m a midwife.”

On exploring the fashion world: “I didn’t know all the houses and names of designers until I was in my 30s or 40s. What I had was a good understanding of look and shape, the way I did with paper dolls when I was a child. For me, it’s about seeing things coming together, like making a cake from beginning to end.”

On the 1996 Soul Train Awards: “I remember being among an elite group of young people who were really embracing what it meant to be an African here, generationally. We embraced locs and ’fros and our natural state, our fabrics and jewelry. It was a beautiful time.”

Vogue’s March 2023 issue is available on newsstands nationwide on February 21st.


Style Credits:
Cover: Marni x Erykah Badu Coat
Image 1: Maison Margiela Artisanal Coat | Hailey Desjardins Custom Hat
Image 2: Yohji Yamamoto Dress and Hat


Fashion Editor: Alex Harrington
Hair: Jawara
Makeup: Melanesia Hunter


[Photo Credit: Jamie Hawkesworth for Vogue Magazine]

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