Hillary Busis
February 03, 2011 AT 06:30 PM EST

Image 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.

Image 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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