For Cosmopolitan’s July issue, Issa Rae is serving an array of beauty looks and preaching confidence.

The ebony beauty who is also the face of CoverGirl tries on a few of the summer’s hottest beauty trends and pulls all of them off perfectly.

She shares with the magazine how she handles haters, the importance of women of colour being presented as desirable, as well as how she felt about being appointed the face of CoverGirl.

On becoming the face of CoverGirl: “[It was] kind of surreal. Like, ‘Wow, y’all are choosing me?’ It was for the little girl in me who never thought that this would be possible. There’s power in representation. There’s affirmation in representation.”

On not hearing haters: “There comes a point when you have to block it out but remain humble—that’s the balance I’m trying to navigate.”

On How she wants women of colour to be seen onscreen: “I prioritize making dark-skinned women desirable. You don’t see a lot of dark-skin representation. That’s been overlooked. Also, seeing them as beautiful, in addition to desirable, which are two very different things.”

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