Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Issa Rae on the October 2018 Cover of Glamour Magazine

For Glamour magazine's 'The TV Issue', October 2018 cover, Issa Rae is featured. On the cover styled by Petra Collins, Issa is wearing a purple ribbed top. In the issue in which she is interview by Angelica Nwandu 'The Shade Room' founder, she talks being dragged on twitter, her hit tv show 'Insecure', not having a blueprint for her career and so much more. Continue below to read some expects from her interview. For more on her feature, visit Glamour.com and pick up a copy on newsstand. 

Area dress, Ventrone Chronicles hoops, Miranda Frye necklace & bracelet

On representing the black culture:
You can always tell when [a black show] feels overly explained. If you’re targeting a specific audience, there’s a shorthand people of color have, where you don’t need to explain it. If a story line is funny to me, if it’s real to me, if it moves me, then it’s my thing. It’s my experience, so no one can take that away from me.

On being dragged on twitter for a possible show called 'Him or Her' based on Travon Free:
The blowback was “really unfortunate because I love black people, and I love everything that comes with us. [Being queer] is the experience of lots of black men, and it’s like, ‘Why would you try to prevent that story from being told? Who are you to tell him that his story isn’t valid?

On her life right now:
I’m doing what I love, and that is never lost on me. Even when I’m in my most frustrated moments, I’m like, ‘There’s always a silver lining.’ My general vibe is grateful, happy. In the age of self-care, it feels remarkable to hear a black woman talk so openly about her solid mental health. You almost feel guilty, though. Not to discredit depression—you know I applaud people for being able to come out and be like, ‘I am sad, I am depressed’—but part of me feels guilty for being happy and OK.

On evolving:
I am always striving to get better. I am always thinking, OK, how can I top this? Or, how can I learn from this? I just never want to be complacent. (Adds Penny: “In season three we tried to do things that made us feel uncomfortable. We didn’t want anyone to watch the show and say, ‘Oh, I know what that show’s gonna be.

On failure:
I think, if anything, the fear of failure comes from somebody telling me, ‘We’re good on what you have to say.’” She’s not interested in someone telling her what version of herself—or her voice—is marketable. “I want to control that,” she says, giving me a knowing look. “I don’t want anybody else to control that.

Credit: Glamour

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