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COVER GIRL "BLACK PANTHER" STAR DANAI GURIRA GIVE COMPELLING INTERVIEW WITH BUSTLE.COM

COVER GIRL "BLACK PANTHER" STAR DANAI GURIRA GIVE COMPELLING INTERVIEW WITH BUSTLE.COM

PHOTO CREDIT: MEREDITH JENKS

PHOTO EDITIOR: CLARE THIGPIN

HAIR: VERNON SCOTT

MANICURE: KIM BOWER

STYLIST: GABRIELLE PRESCOD

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FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR: KARA MCGRATH

BOOKING MANAGEMENT: GUILLERMO PEREZ

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Danai Gurira

Dress & Bustier: Vera Wangn Collection

Belt: Michael Kors Collection

Shoes: Off-White c/o Jimmy Choo

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Jacket: Off White

 

Jumpsuit: Tom Ford

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All Clothing & Accessories

Louis Vuitton

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Top, Pants & Belt Louis Vuitton

Shoes: Off-White c/o Jimmy Choo

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All Clothing & Accessories

Louis Vuitton

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Top, Pants & Belt

Louis Vuitton

Shoes: Off-White c/o Jimmy Choo

Excerpt Written by Kadeen Griffiths

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The actor first opened up about her background in an essay she wrote for Glamour about embracing her Zimbabwean name. Though her parents — a university librarian and a lecturer in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Chemistry — had been born in Zimbabwe, Gurira was born in a city called Grinnell. She was given the nickname "Dede," a name that she retained even after her mother taught her Danai, even after her parents moved her to the Zimbabwean capital of Harare in 1983 — three years after the country gained their independence from the United Kingdom. It wasn't until her teens that she began to question why she was so determined to reject her heritage.

Once she began to ask questions about her culture, she experienced a "series of awakenings" that led her to the truth that she lives by today — a truth that many black women are still struggling with. "To me at this point, it’s just so clear. Why would you not find value in all the stunning things that are of you?" she says. Even wrapped in a fuzzy orange jacket with her legs propped up on the couch, she looks like an orator. "There’s such a fascinating exploration to embark upon once you have embraced your truth and the truth of your people, your heritage, and your history. And then you realize that you have a very particular role to play in perpetuating even more of your people’s greatness. You don’t actually have time to dally about in other people’s idea of greatness and diminishing of you. You don’t have time for that."

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