“Insecure” star Issa Rae is featured in Cosmopolitan‘s July 2018 issue photographed by Jason Kim and styled by Jason Rembert.
On gaining and maintaining confidence: “Confidence comes from knowing your shit is good. I’m for sure confident when it comes to work and trying to fulfill my dreams. Socially, the confidence has teetered, but that’s growing as I’m coming into who I am.”
On ignoring the haters: “There comes a point when you have to block it out but remain humble—that’s the balance I’m trying to navigate.”
On becoming a face of CoverGirl: “[It was] kind of surreal. Like, ‘Wow, y’all are choosing me?’ It was for the little girl in me who never thought that this would be possible. There’s power in representation. There’s affirmation in representation.”
On how she wants to see women of color to be seen on screen: “I prioritize making darkskinned women desirable. You don’t see a lot of dark-skin representation. That’s been overlooked. Also, seeing them as beautiful, in addition to desirable, which are two very different things.”
On her personal style: “I’m going to look how I want to look—it’s going to be on my own terms. If people criticize my look, it really does not matter to me. It’s about how I feel.”
[Photo Credit: Jason Kim/Cosmopolitan Magazine]