Aja Naomi King, Alexandra Daddario, Emily Ratajkowski, Janelle Monáe, Zoey Deutch cover the May 2017 issue of Marie Claire magazine photographed by Nicolas Moore.
On working as a black woman in Hollywood: “Maybe I’m outdated in thinking this, but because I’m a young black woman and don’t see very many being the lead in a film, I have this fear, Will I be working? When I first started in this industry, my goal was to be some best friend. The sidekick. I thought that would be an accomplishment. But seeing people like Viola and Tracee Ellis Ross and Gabrielle Union and Lupita [Nyong’o] — who was two classes behind me at Yale—I can hope for more.”
On the intersection of emotion and politics: “I think we are beginning to look at ourselves differently now. Politics to me is finally about how we treat the people in our lives and those around us. What are we angry about? What do we hate? What do we love? Do we want other people to do what we do? Do we not care what other people do? Do we feel safe? It all becomes this jumbled mess of fear and hate.”
On being known as both a sex symbol and feminist: “In every profile written about me, there is, ‘She’s so sexual and she’s such a sex symbol,’ paired with, ‘But, wow, she knows about politics.’ And that in itself is sexist. Why does it have to be one or the other?”
On respecting women: “People have to start respecting the vagina. Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex. I love men. But evil men? I will not tolerate that. You don’t deserve to be in my presence. If you’re going to own this world and this is how you’re going to rule this world, I am not going to contribute anymore until you change it. We have to realize our power and our magic. Because I am all about black-girl magic, even though I’m standing with all women. But this year? This year, I am so carefree black girl.”
On her life mantra: “I was raised to do what you love and work your f—cking ass off. Be humble. Be nice to people. And you might be ready to be lucky.”
[Photo Credit: Nicolas Moore/Marie Claire Magazine]