Actress Vanessa Williams and her daughters (left to right) Jillian Hervey, 20, Sasha Fox,10, and Melanie Hervey,22, are featured in the latest issue of essence magazine:


When Vanessa Williams was preparing to portray Wilhelmina Slater, the scheming “editrix” of ABC’s Ugly Betty, she drew inspiration from her mom, music teacher Helen Williams. “My mother considers it a compliment,” Vanessa insists, saying Helen encouraged her to “dare to be different.” Vanessa has passed along that spirit of individualism to daughters(left to right) Jillian Hervey,20; Sasha Fox,10; and Melanie Hervey,22(as well her son , Devin Hervey,17,) and believes that her girls have so many opportunities because of “doors that were opened by the women who came before(Essence magazine, pg 134).”

Also featured in the issue are celebrity moms Fantasia, Brandy with both her mother and daughter, Holly Robinson Peete with her daughter, and Alfre Woodard and her daughter Mavis.

Photos:Essence magazine, May 2010 issue, now on newspaper stands near you!

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