“Insecure” star Issa Rae covers the April 2019 issue of Essence Magazine photographed by Itaysha Jordan and styled by Jason Rembert.
On how heightened visibility hasn’t altered who she is: “I’ve definitely thought about middle school me looking through magazines and being perfectly content with the fact that my face wasn’t going to be used to sell makeup; that wasn’t my future,” Rae says now. “I just didn’t imagine that. So the fact that it happened is like, you just never f—ing know. And you should never discount anything. I think so many of us tend to be comfortable with what we’re not and complacent with what we’re not. You really don’t have to be. I didn’t solve world peace or anything—it’s not like that. But something that felt so small and intangible ended up being tangible. And that’s just the coolest thing in the world.”
First Cover: Marc Jacobs Dress from the Spring 2019 Collection | Carolee ‘Large Pearl Stud Clip’ Earrings | Sergio Rossi Shoes
Second Cover: PatBo ‘Bo’ Ruffle Hem Plunging Maxi Dress | Oscar de la Renta Earrings | Custom Head Wrap, Hairstylist’s Own
Image: Valentino Dress and Coat from the Spring 2019 Collection | Alexis Bittar Earrings | Sam Edelman ‘Yaro’ Shoes
Hair: Felicia Leatherwood
Makeup: Joanna Simkin
[Photo Credit: Itaysha Jordan/Essence Magazine, vogue.com, saksfifthavenue.com]