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My mom owned a hair salon in Houston. She didn’t have sitters, so she’d pick [my sister, Beyonce, and me] up from school, and we’d spend evenings there. We saw women cut their hair and get extensions the next day; the transformation was powerful. So when we were little, we both cut all our hair off, then we said, “Put it back!” She encouraged us to try things—that was huge.
I go for it—with color, shapes.... It doesn’t scare me, because I know it can come off.
Every child should have access to education. When Kiehl’s asked me to collaborate on a design for its Line-Reducing Concentrate, I was super excited—the company has a long history of giving back. Proceeds go to organizations important to me: Son of a Saint, which helps fatherless boys in New Orleans and beyond; 14+ Foundation, which builds schools in Africa; and donorschoose.org for education programs.
Diana Ross is a classic. She’s defined beauty in such a timeless, artful way.
Halle Berry has said she’s washed her face every night since she was 14. I heard that and thought, It’s time to get my sh-t together! She’s almost 50 and looks my age . I’m trying to wash every night; I use Cetaphil and Epicuren.
I used to think, I’m black, I don’t need SPF—which is completely untrue. My issue with sunscreen was that weird white mask, but I love Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense because it doesn’t give me that.
Learning hip-hop choreography makes me feel super radiant, though I really embarrassed myself at my last class. It was in New Orleans—the people here are respectful, so there’s no evidence online!
I stand outside the shower and let the steam make my hair bigger. Also, I never really shampoo; I co-wash [use only conditioner] instead.
. I used to be all about a vibrant lip, but in the past year I’ve put more focus on eyes.
. I look to my group of incredibly beautiful and talented friends for inspiration. We all identify beauty by our own terms. And at the end of the day, no one takes themselves too seriously.