I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.
What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion: for yourself and for those around you.
I do my best work when I feel conviction to say something through the character I play. Always I want to have integrity and not compromise that.
[My mother] always said I was beautiful and I finally believed her at some point.
I discovered that joy is not the negation of pain, but rather acknowledging the presence of pain and feeling happiness in spite of it.
Oprah played a big role in my understanding of what it meant to be female and to really step into your own power. I wouldn’t even call her a role model; she was literally a reference point. You have the dictionary, you have the Bible, you have Oprah.
Happiness is the most important thing.
I grew up watching foreign programs – American, English, Mexican, and very little Kenyan. ‘The Color Purple’ was the first time I saw people who looked like me.
No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.
You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you.
To be human is to seek perfection, and find joy in never attaining it.
European standards of beauty are something that plague the entire world – the idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love. Africa is no exception.