2019 might just be Issa Rae’s best year yet!
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!
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.
Issa Rae of House Diop. First of her name. Slayer of Content. Opener of Doors. Creator of Best Life. Producer of Dreams. You deserve all the props and your work is making so many people realize that they too can be the architects of what they don't see. WERK!!! 💫👑 pic.twitter.com/iWotPeDNfj— Luvvie is the #ProfessionalTroublemaker (@Luvvie) March 25, 2019
me, touching Issa Rae's clavicle on that essence cover:— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) March 25, 2019
'what is that – velvet?'
ICONIC MOTHA FUCKIN BEAUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Janet Mock (@janetmock) March 25, 2019
Issa Rae popping up with a ring out of nowhere, African queen— Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) March 25, 2019
Issa Rae looking like a dream, photographed by Itaysha Jordan, for Essence Magazine 🧞♀️🧚🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/TrZAJCgl9r— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) March 25, 2019
Ma’am!!!! MA’AM!!! You not finna drop this off casually like that! What is life?!?! My godT if you don’t look like THEE most heaviest biscuit sopped up by the most fragrant, flavorful meat juices 💜❤️👏🏽😍 F’ IT UP SIS!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/kLqtSnTuk6— Jennifer (@Jen_A_Ben137) March 25, 2019
Issa Rae got a smile that genuinely makes me feel better, regardless of how I'm feeling https://t.co/2hfOFpLEwO— Sincerely, The Fireman 🇬🇾 (@SpiffyWiggy) March 25, 2019
YASS ALL WHITE!— Key 🌻 (@amazonBarbie_) March 25, 2019