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Issa Rae Essence Cover

Source: Itaysha Jordan / Essence Magazine

2019 might just be Issa Rae’s best year yet!

Not only is the fourth season of Insecure dropping this summer, but she’s starring in the anticipated Marsai Martin comedy Little on April 12 and she’s April cover girl of Essence Magazine.

And the 34-year-old comedy powerhouse is absolutely glowing in that white dress and rep lip!

In her interview with entertainment and culture writer Kelley A. Carter, Issa shared that her parents raised her to be pro-Black and love the skin that she’s in.

“My parents helped me and they hurt me,” she reflects. “My mom was extremely pro-Black, and I believed her. My dad is Senegalese, and I grew up around my dark-skinned cousins and just thought that they were the most beautiful women in the world. I was surrounded by beautiful dark people,” she said.

Adding, “And then middle school hit, and I was like, Oh, they think I’m ugly. They think I’m big. They think I’m unattractive. I went back to my mom like, ‘What the f—k?! Y’all lied to me my whole life. What is this?!’ I started realizing, Mom, you’re light-skinned. So I don’t know what you were talking about. It’s not like you can relate to being dark. And your hair is not the same texture as mine. So what do you know about telling me I’m beautiful? Why would you lie to me? That definitely had an impact on how I saw myself.”

Meanwhile, look at all of this flawless rich melanin!

Issa Rae Essence Cover

Source: Itaysha Jordan / Essence Magazine

 

FYI: Y’all see that diamond ring on her left hand too??? Is she trying to tell us that she’s engaged too?

Whatever the case, flip through these pics of her in all her glory!

 

Issa slayed this one! And all the Black girls on Twitter united to celebrate the stunning actress in her first solo Essence cover.

 

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