Put some respect on Chloe and Halle’s names. We’re witnessing the ascension of their womanhood as they take control of their evolving narrative with style and grace.

If you’ve been on social media recently, you’ll know that sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey broke the internet with the reveal of their latest cover for Essence Magazine’s September/October 2022 issue. Since their debut as young girls on YouTube, the public followed the sister duo through record deals, awards, acting, maturing into their own separate careers, finding love, and making fashion statements along the way. 

Styled by Interim Deputy Editor at Essence, Corey Stokes, who previously styled Chloe (who now goes by Chlöe), in the past, and also the likes of Janet Jackson, Summer Walker, and Giveon; the sisters came out fierce, fun, and flirty for their coming out September/October cover. A few notable looks from the cover include the sisters wearing a full look from a Black-owned NYC-based brand, Bed on Water, featured in this year’s 2022 New York Fashion Week.

Halle is wearing an edgy mini skirt from the sustainable London-based brand, Chopova Lowena, and a black tank top penned in white letters, “The Next Era,” giving a nod to the sisters’ new chapters together and apart.

Lastly, Chlöe, in an all-black look with a laced top from Gucci and a leather jacket by Alexander McQueen.

“It’s really about making a statement and showing people who I am through my clothes, through my armor,” Chlöe told the magazine. “Fashion isn’t all about being expensive and wearing brand names. It’s about feeling put together and looking like how you want people to perceive you.”

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Since her break out as a solo singer in 2021, Chlöe has not ceased to serve us sexy in every possible way. From her first solo performance at the VMAs wearing a hot pink corset leotard to being spotted courtside with Gunna in a curve-hugging, Osman Studio bodysuit, Chlöe is reminding the world that she is “that girl.” 


Even though Chlöe‘s style choices are undeniably a “knock-out,” the “Have Mercy” singer opened up about finding her confidence through music.

“As much as people think I’m so confident, 80 percent of the time I feel the complete opposite of that. That’s why I put so much of myself into my music. That’s where I feel like myself and where I belong in this life — whenever I’m onstage. The girl I see and I watch sing back, she intimidates me. I’m like, Who the hell is that?”


Halle, meanwhile, opened up to Essence about her personality and finding herself as an individual.

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“If you’ve got a problem with so-and-so, then we’ve got a problem. I’m a fire sign. I’m a protector of my family. If I love you and somebody crosses you, it’s over. That’s been my stance since I was young.”

Halle expresses that she’s found her evolving individuality by tapping into her spirituality and music. 

“I’ve managed to find individuality through God — through talking to God every day in prayer, by meditation, and through music. I think finding myself is going to be an everlasting journey. And while I feel like I know myself at 22, I’m constantly getting to know more about who I am.”

With style and grace, with a lot of edge, the ones who were once young girls are now women entering the next chapter of their lives. Welcome to the new era of Chlöe and Halle.

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Sarai Thompson

Sarai Thompson is a multi-hyphenate digital content creator, social media coordinator, photographer, and event planner with a specialty in topics surrounding fashion and beauty. Sarai has written for publications such as, CNN, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Popsugar, Medium, Seriess Magazine and more. She received her B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in Journalism from Georgia State University along with an M.A. in Magazine, Newspaper and Digital Journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

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