When I was younger growing up in New York City being dark skinned it wasn’t as it is now where being dark skinned and natural is like a beautiful thing now. I’m not saying that it wasn’t but being a young kid growing up in New York City being dark skinned wasn’t the thing. That’s one of the things that I personally feel made me a little bit stronger—being able to push back. Just being dark skinned, that’s just me. Either you like me or you don’t.
I would say going natural is one of those things that helped me get over this perfection thing. But yeah, from time to time as a natural you do feel like you’ve got to be like, everything needs to be put together with your natural. But one of the things I’m really loving is Alicia Keys’ no makeup movement. I know I have on no makeup now but on the days that I’m not doing something businesslike, just going out with a blank face and some lotion or some moisturizer and maybe mascara, I think that’s one of the new things that’s really touching me right now.
Growing up I had some personal people who were really close to me, like my God Mother who actually passed away on my birthday about 6 or more years ago, all the way to getting accepted to Cornell for grad school, that transformed a lot of me being a serious person and understanding that life is life because before that sometimes you’re just living in the moment. Sometimes you can take a step back and say, yeah I’m living in the moment but I also got to think about the future. I think that’s something that a lot of us don’t do. We’re too in the moment, which is not a bad thing. But I’m all about living in the moment and planning. These different things that have happened to me are some of the things that shaped me into who I am.