On the power of representation: “The fashion industry is here for everyone, [regardless] of color or race. When I was growing up, I never saw someone like me, and now the other girls can see someone like them. It’s all about inspiration.”

On her passion project: “My goal has always been to create my own beauty line. I have such a unique skin tone—when I go on set, makeup artists have to use all different mixes of makeup to match my skin. I’d love to do a line that has tones for everybody.”

Photo Credit: Terry Tsiolis

Stylist: Top by Calvin Klein Underwear. Earrings by Tiffany Blue Book Collection.

Dress by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. Earrings by Maria Tash. Necklace by Cartier. Rings by Tiffany & Co.

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