CELEBRITY COVERGIRL: ISSA RAE GRACES WOMEN'S HEALTH MAGAZINE'S "THE NATURAL ISSUE" 2019
Brief excerpt from cover story By Kendra James:
Don’t let the Awkward Black Girl persona fool you: Issa Rae oozes confidence. A confidence that makes itself apparent in her ability to walk the Emmys’ red carpet and say, “I’m rooting for everyone black.” Or to share the big screen with and work for a 14-year-old executive producer (Marsai Martin) in her latest project, Little. Or to sit down with a complete stranger after an hours-long photo shoot and have the sort of conversation usually reserved for close friends.
Frankly, after Issa tells me that she chooses her events wisely and doesn’t agree to projects she has no passion for, I feel quite honored that she’s willing to hang at all.
“It’s kind of shady that y’all did this [shoot] now, because I’m in an eating phase,” Issa says with a laugh. Her HBO brainchild, Insecure, isn’t filming at the moment, she explains, and those toned Michelle Obama arms she sports on-screen aren’t necessarily a year-round thing. As we settle in, she shares that in addition to using the downtime to write, she’s been trying her hand in the kitchen. “I just started cooking Senegalese food, which I’m really excited about.” After watching her Louisiana-born mother learn to cook various recipes inspired by her Senegalese father, Issa realized there was no reason she couldn’t do the same.