Seven years ago I was among the lucky few huddled around a bathroom in a soho loft watching Toccara Jones take a bubble bath. Her first cover shoot for “KING” magazine was a long time in the making and the staff was working hard to make it something readers would never forget.
I felt a lot of things that day, but pride was in the mix with other emotions that will go unmentioned here. In my first days of working at Harris Publications taking over as the Editor-In-Chief of “Scratch” magazine I chopped it up with my boys running “KING,” Datwon Thomas and Jermaine Hall. I’d become a big fan of the curvaceous “America’s Next Top Model” contestant and told them “y’all need to do a Toccara cover.” Featuring a woman as thick as Toccara on the cover was a step outside of their norm at that point, but they agreed that her star was rising and that something had to be done if not a cover.