How Issa Rae Gets Ready for a Big Event

How Issa Rae Gets Ready for a Big Event

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

Nikko LaMere
File under: bucket list level pre-gaming scenarios. No new news that we love a good primp and prep, but when we got getting ready with Issa Rae pre-NAACP Awards(if you haven’t watched Insecure in its entirety, consider it your Monday night plan) earlier this year and talked inappropriately long hugs with Kofi Siriboethe and dream run-ins with Viola Davis, the fun level was amplified ten fold. While Rae slipped into her Stella Nolasco gown and got final glam touch-ups 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 Rae preps before a big appearance.

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“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.”
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