Q. What was your beauty routine like in high school?
A. “Once I hit 16 and my parents allowed me to wear makeup, I went crazy. I wore visible brown lip liner (MAC Chestnut) and silver lipstick every day. I rocked box braids and had long acrylic nails that were a big part of my signature look.”
Q. What’s your usual morning routine?
A. “I try to get to the gym bright and early to do 45 minutes of cardio. Afterward, I rush back home to shower before my baby girl wakes up. I’m basically her personal assistant, so once she’s up, it’s all about her.”
Q. Who is the coolest person you’ve ever met?
A. “My husband. He’s literally the coolest, most chill person I know. I mean… I married him so that says a lot!”
Q. Who is your favorite designer?
A. “I don’t have just one. I love old Céline, Y/Project, Comme des Garçons, Fear of God…”
Q. What’s your beauty pet peeve?
A. “Nail art.”
Q. What’s a fun travel story from your adventures?
A. “It’s funny—my best travel adventure was at age 11. My grandmother worked as a principal in the Seattle Public School District for over 20 years and as a retirement gift to herself, she took her grandchildren on a 3-month summer trip across the United States. She wanted us to see the world at a young age—everything from historically black colleges and universities across the country, to Mount Rushmore in Keystone, to the Great Salt Lake in Utah, to the Martin Luther King Memorial in Atlanta. Memories from that trip have stuck with me my entire life.”
Q. What beauty product are you most particular about and why?
A. “Foundation. There’s nothing worse than wearing foundation that’s too light or too dark for your skin tone. Although many brands are now expanding their shade ranges (finally! And thanks, Fenty Beauty!), it’s still a struggle for women with dark skin to find formulas with the right undertones. So, when I find my perfect match, I stick to it.”