'Glee' diva Amber Riley channels Chaka Khan in this month's 'Essence'

Amber-Riley-EssenceImage Credit: Derek Blanks

How fierce does Glee‘s Amber Riley look in this fashion spread from Essence magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood issue? Fierce enough that I don’t even care that using the word “fierce” is so 2007.

Amber-RileyImage Credit: Derek Blanks

Given Riley’s inspiration, it’s no wonder she looks fabulous. The big-voiced actress is supposed to be channeling Chaka Khan — a woman who knows how to seriously rock a sparkly ensemble. Riley and Khan go together so well that Essence is even launching a Facebook campaign calling for Glee to do a full episode devoted to the Queen of Funk. While I’m not sure I’d be on board — I never really like Glee‘s one-artist episodes — I do agree that it would be great to see Mercedes belt out “I’m Every Woman”… especially since she’s barely been on the show at all this season.

But I digress. Do you love these photos as much as I do, PopWatchers?

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  • Stacie

    Her lip color in that first one is gorgeous

  • Chichi

    Serve GURL! She looks hotter than fish grease.

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  • kat

    she looks really good. get it gurl

  • den

    She is lovely!

  • Karen

    I’m ready for them to focus on Mercedes more in Glee. I love Kurt, but this season has been all about him. Mercedes/Amber is a star!

    • f

      she isn’t a very good actress though.

      • fancypants

        neither is Lea Michelle.

      • get off it

        what does Lea have to do with it, plus the nomination would say otherwise.

      • Hlly

        Why must someone always bring n the negative toward Lea. She is irrelevant to this story. By the way she plays Rachel perfectly thinking someone just doesn’t get it.

      • Stffy

        Yes she is! She is one of the best in the show! My personal FAVORITE!

    • Fran

      I agree I think she she and others have not gotten storylines becasue they are not as strong (not saying bad) in the acting.

  • Jen P.

    I like her in the silver sparkly dress. Come on Ryan Murphy, get more story lines for her!!

  • Laurie

    She looks and is amazing.

  • Mae

    she looks great in that silver dress. she was fashion police’s best dressed at the SAGs. good for her!

  • Cheri

    She looks beautiful!

  • mjsmoke

    OMG!! Now that is just fabulous! She looks gorgeous! I agree, not a fan of the one artist episodes but would love to see Amber do a little more this season.

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  • Sam martin

    UH-MAZ-ING!!!! Amber looks so gorgeous! Now, if we could only get more Mercedes time on Glee…

    (Kurt is my favourite–but, Mercedes is not terribly far behind in the running. I’d love to see more of their friendship–I think the two have great chemistry together.)

    • Samantha Peck

      My thoughts exactly!! Also Mercedes needs a love interest. LOVE Kurt, but she needs more story lines she’s very talented.

  • Kate

    Gorgeous!! And so talented, too – more Mercedes for sure!

  • Tom

    She NEEDS to sing some Chaka!

    And girl looks good!

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