Issa Rae praised for showcasing her natural hair

Issa Rae’s hairstylist has praised the actress for showcasing how beautiful natural hair can be.The actress may have created TV show Insecure, which she also stars in, but the 33-year-old certainly has no hang-ups when it comes to flaunting her natural…

Issa Rae’s hairstylist has praised the actress for showcasing how beautiful natural hair can be.

The actress may have created TV show Insecure, which she also stars in, but the 33-year-old certainly has no hang-ups when it comes to flaunting her natural beauty on the red carpet, and Felicia Leatherwood is adamant Issa should be seen as a hair inspiration for black women.

“Issa Rae has helped me showcase what natural hair could be, and give women options of what they can do,” Felicia told E! News. “I’m really proud of that, because I don’t want anyone to feel left out, or like they’re not good enough, as it relates to their hair and their skin.”

Felicia recently attended the Essence Festival in New Orleans, where explained to E! News how women who have chemically treated their hair for years can revert back to natural tresses.

Her top tip is looking after the scalp and she suggested using the Maui Moisture Hair Care line.

“Hot oil treatments are great for the scalp. If you can get a hot oil treatment once or twice a month, as you deep condition. When you put the hot oil on the scalp and you have the deep conditioner in your hair, when you go to rinse it out, the oil coats over the conditioner. That’s how to seal the moisture into your hair,” she shared.

And talking about her favourite Issa look, Felicia singled out the stunning hairstyle the star wore for the 2018 Golden Globes in January.

“(The look) was awesome. I’ve down about 800 hairstyles on Issa Rae, maybe more, including the show… She’s my black Barbie,” Felicia smiled.

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Issa Rae: ‘Even black neighbourhoods didn’t stock my foundation colour’

Issa Rae always struggled to find an appropriate foundation shade, even when she shopped in “black neighbourhoods.”The actress has been an ambassador for cosmetics brand CoverGirl since September (17), which recently unveiled its new TruBlend Matte Mad…

Issa Rae always struggled to find an appropriate foundation shade, even when she shopped in “black neighbourhoods.”

The actress has been an ambassador for cosmetics brand CoverGirl since September (17), which recently unveiled its new TruBlend Matte Made Liquid Foundation.

Taking note of the success of diverse make-up lines like Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, CoverGirl is offering its latest product in 40 different shades – an initiative Issa wishes was available when she was younger.

“I’m a big drugstore beauty shopper and I went to college in a predominantly white rich old neighbourhood and even just going to the local drugstore to try to find my shade was impossible,” the 33-year-old recalled in an interview with People. “I’d have to go to East Palo Alto (in California) which is the black part of town to be able to find it, and even the shades were limited. I was like, ‘This is a black neighbourhood. What’s the problem?'”

The Insecure star now fronts CoverGirl’s diverse new campaign alongside 70-year-old model Maye Musk and motorcycle racer Shelina Moreda, and the label’s ethos reinforces Issa’s own commitment to inclusion.

“From early on, the thing that motivated me was feeling left out in representation on television and in film,” she explained. “Lucky for me I grew up with a lot of representation so I knew it was possible, but I can’t imagine younger generations not seeing themselves.”

Meanwhile, Issa recently vowed to use her platform wisely, hoping to inspire young girls to look further than traditional beauty ideals for personal validation.

“I’m smart. I’m the s**t,” the star asserted to InStyle U.S. “My declaration of being the s**t didn’t come from my appearance, but it came from what I’m about.”

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Issa Rae determined to have fun with her red carpet outfits

Issa Rae is determined to have fun with all of her red carpet ensembles.The actress and director first rose to fame in 2011 when she launched her YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl, and she has since gone on to win acclaim for her HBO show Insecure,…

Issa Rae is determined to have fun with all of her red carpet ensembles.

The actress and director first rose to fame in 2011 when she launched her YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl, and she has since gone on to win acclaim for her HBO show Insecure, landing two Golden Globe nominations for her performance.

But Issa isn’t just building a reputation for her work, as she and her stylist Jason Rembert always pull out all the stops when it comes to outfits too.

“We are looking to have fun. Fashion is great but shouldn’t be taken so seriously,” Jason told Footwear News of Issa’s looks, adding that the 33-year-old is open to all of his ensemble ideas. “To work with someone like Issa is a dream come true. She is a visionary and truly one of the few pushing culture forward.”

Of late, Issa made a sartorial statement at the 2018 NAACP Images Awards in an emerald green and silver Marc Jacobs dress that was matched with Tiffany & Co. jewellery and Saint Laurent shoes, and dazzled at the Black Panther premiere in a white dress with rainbow metallic stripe from Rosie Assoulin which she accessorised with shiny gold Giuseppe Zanotti platform heels.

And while Issa loves to wear high-end outfits to Hollywood events, Jason shared that they are also on the hunt for innovative pieces from up-and-coming names in the fashion world.

“There are many designers that we like to wear. I think it’s important as a stylist to work with big fashion houses as much as upcoming brands, (and) we are pretty balanced when it comes to that,” he smiled.

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