Actress and producer Issa Rae is featured in the July 2018 issue of Cosmopolitan which was released earlier today. In the issue, the 33-year-old opens up about how she deals with haters, maintaining confidence and being one of CoverGirl’s faces.

Read excerpts from her interview below:

On why confidence is important: Confidence comes from knowing your s–t is good. I’m for sure confident when it comes to work and trying to fulfil my dreams. Socially, the confidence has teetered, but that’s growing as I’m coming into who I am.

On ignoring the haters: There comes a point when you have to block it out but remain humble—that’s the balance I’m trying to navigate.

On becoming a face of CoverGirl: Kind of surreal. Like, ‘Wow, y’all are choosing me?’ It was for the little girl in me who never thought that this would be possible. There’s power in representation. There’s affirmation in representation

On how she wants to see women of colour to be seen on screen: I prioritize making dark-skinned women desirable. You don’t see a lot of dark-skin representation. That’s been overlooked. Also, seeing them as beautiful, in addition to desirable, which are two very different things.

Read the full feature on www.cosmopolitan.com.

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