#BlackGirlMagic Issa BAE Ethereally Covers ESSENCE—But Is She Secretly Engaged?

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New Cover Alert: @issarae has it ALL. However, the road to stardom wasn’t paved in gold for the #LittleMovie star. From awkward days in high school to not being comfortable in her own skin—Issa focused on being smart versus over-valuing her physical appearance. “When you don’t have much to do or you don’t have plans on Friday night, you’re making up a character who does.” From there, a star was born. Tap the 🔗 in bio for more from our April issue. On stands 3/28 (📸: @itayshaphoto) #IssaEssenceSlay Photographer: Itaysha Jordan – @itayshaphoto Stylist: Jason Rembert – @jasonrembert Hair: Felicia Leatherwood – @lovingyourhair Makeup: Joanna Simkin – @joannasimkin Manicure: Vontrell Jiles – @sparklev789 Katalina Mitchelle – @katalinadoesnails

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Issa Rae Covers ESSENCE, Engagement Rumors Surface

Issa Rae is covering the latest issue of ESSENCE and looking beautiful while doing it. Issa’s rocking spring trends and pastel covers for a cover story penned by The Undefeated’s Kelly Carter.

In the interview, Issa speaks on overcoming insecurities to flourish as the dope content creator she is. She also personally thanked ESSENCE for once again picking her to shine in their publication.

What’s really catching people’s eye about the cover story, however, is a shiny rock that’s on Issa’s ring finger. The mysterious ring is fueling rumors that Issa Bae’s secretly engaged.

Some nosy dedicated fans have pointed out that Issa’s been booed up with Louis Diame on the low. Louis and Issa were together way back in 2012 when she was interviewed by The Washington Post, but she clearly keeps their relationship under wraps.

Issa Rae

Source: Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET / Getty

If you’re curious about who that is, he’s a Senegalese businessman who’s reportedly been in the picture even while the “Issa Rae Is Bae”/Kofi Siriboe rumors were swirling.

If Issa IS engaged, we wish her a lifetime of happiness and years of having her Insecure a$$ets smashed to hit HBO show smithereens.

Congrats (possibly), boo!

See more Issa Rae for Essence on the flip.

Photographer: Itaysha Jordan – @itayshaphoto
Stylist: Jason Rembert – @jasonrembert
Hair: Felicia Leatherwood – @lovingyourhair
Makeup: Joanna Simkin – @joannasimkin
Manicure: Vontrell Jiles – @sparklev789 and Katalina Mitchelle – @katalinadoesnails
Special thanks to Preservation Hall in New Orleans

While shooting her ESSENCE shoot in New Orleans Issa’s (alleged) engagement ring was clearly visible.

Take another look at Issa’s maybe fiance Louis Diame.

Louis Diame Issa Rae

Source: Amanda Edwards/WireImage / Getty

Fine, right?

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