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Getting Ready with Issa Rae for the NAACP Awards

Talking awkward red carpet moments and inappropriately long hugs with the “Insecure” star.

By: Noah Lehava
Photography: Nikko LaMere

File this under: bucket list level pre-gaming scenarios. No new news that we love a good primp and prep, but when you’re getting ready pre-NAACP Awards with nominee Issa Rae (if you haven’t watched Insecure in its entirety, consider it your Monday night plan), and talking inappropriately long hugs with Kofi Siriboethe and dream run-ins with Viola Davis, the fun level is amplified ten fold. While Rae slipped into her Stella Nolasco gown and got final glam touchups by makeup artist Joanna Simkin (who used all natural brand Burts Bees to achieve Rae’s glow) and hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood, we listened to Sampha, Big Sean, Solange, Drake in what she would call her “Sophistiratch Sounds” playlist.

Click through the below to see how it all came together ahead of the NAACP awards. 

“With my makeup I like a more natural beat, and Joanna [Simkin] knows how to give me the natural, classy glow I love. And Felicia [Leatherwood] always improvises or comes up with an idea [for my hair] the day before based on the event. She came up with this look while she was in the shower and voila. Hair.”Read More

Her getting ready ritual:

“I always play my music and walk around in a robe of some sort. Most times I’m naked underneath (sorry glam squad), so I feel like a canvas. I love knowing that I don’t have to think about shit but the songs I’m hearing and knowing that the squad will work their artistic magic to my delight.”Read More

“[I’m most excited about] being with my Insecure family and partying with all of the people that I watch on TV. I’m so proud of the talent being awarded this year and so honored to be among them all. And I’m excited to drink a lot of champagne. I may not win, but I will for damn sure be drinking with my friends.”Read More

“I hate making decisions [on what to wear]. I trust my stylist, Ayanna James. She usually provides options and judges by my look or my body language whether I’m messing with it or not. This was one of those dresses I put on and I felt good, like ‘okay!’”Read More

“I would fan out over Viola [Davis] and Denzel [Washington]. I haven’t officially met them yet and I would just tell them I love them and to keep it pushing. I love Kofi Siriboe from Queen Sugar. I would give him a long inappropriate hug.”Read More

“I loved Hidden Figures and Moonlight. If either of those win then all is right with the world.”Read More

On her pre-game playlist:

“It was a mix of Sampha, Big Sean, Solange, Drake and then all the ratché I love: Migos, 21 Savage, Uzi, etc. I [would call] it ‘Sophistiratch Sounds.’”Read More

“[The last thing I do before walking out the door is] look in the mirror, put on some lotion or oil and spray my favorite Serge Normant perfume.”Read More

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