What’s been your confidence journey?
I made the mistake of wearing different types of clothing and presenting myself in a different way because I found that I was the kid left on the field after all the teams were full. And that was a tough feeling. But now I go into a room, and I have the confidence of, “Listen, I'm taking all of my Black girl with me.” If you want to work with me, you hire me. You're getting the brains, you're getting the beauty, you're getting this brown skin—you're getting all of it, and I'm not changing it for anyone. I’d shrink or try to fit into smaller spaces or be invisible, and I love myself too much for that. The people that raised me and loved me my whole life love me too much for that. I realized that I love myself too much to go into a room and pretend that I’m not who I am. My confidence is just…I'm not perfect. I'm not the tallest. I'm not the shortest. I'm not the most brilliant in the room, but you can be yourself because that's all you have.
What’s your newest product obsession?
A female friend of mine put me onto a men's skincare line, Jack Black, and I love their lip balm. It's the first thing in the morning; it's right before I go to bed. I have every flavor. I need something that’s restorative. I don't know what they put in it, but within an hour, I'm like, “Oh my God, my lips are back.”
What’s one of your skincare essentials?
Glycolic acid toner. Exfoliating my skin reveals a healthier-looking, glowing me. And so I want to be exfoliating all around the day, 24-7.