Aja is featured as one of the cover stars of Marie Claire‘s 2017 Fresh Faces issue! Emily Ratajkowski, Janelle Monae, Zoey, Deutch, and Alexandra Daddario also have their own covers. There’s an excerpt from the article below and 2 videos. I’ve also added photos to the gallery, and scans will come when the issue is released. Marie Claire‘s May 2017 Fresh Faces issues hits newsstands on April 18!
Aja is featured in teh April 2017 Diversity Issue of Allure Magazine, where she shares her experience with skin tone and diversity.
Aja Naomi King, actress, How to Get Away With Murder
“I was afraid of the darkness of my skin. I believed I had to be celebrated for my intelligence and my sense of humor. Those could be the beautiful things about me since my skin couldn’t. I remember in junior high having a beach day with my family and going to school the next day. Someone in my class exclaimed shock at my appearance. She didn’t know black people could tan. The look on her face stuck with me. For years, I wanted to avoid direct sunlight. The comments you hear as a child stick with you. [I was] afraid of photos in dark rooms because you know no one will be able to see you in the picture and [people] will make fun of you. [I feared] walking into a room that has a black wall and hearing someone remark about how you’ve disappeared. You try to avoid these situations so you’re not in a position to act like you don’t care or [you] make fun of the darkness of your skin before someone else does so that maybe it will sting less. It has been a process of self-love to embrace the beauty of every single drop that makes up the richness that is my beautiful brown skin. If you learn anything in life, learn to love yourself. There is no amount of makeup or skin-care products that will make you love yourself.”
Aja was one of the honorees at last night’s Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills, CA! She was honored for her work in the industry along with fellow actresses Yara Shahidi, Janelle Monae and Isse Rae. The event was attended by some amazing women, including Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard, Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, and lots more.
I’ve added lots of photos to the gallery and if you’d like a behind the scenes look at the event you should definitely check out this moment (a collection of Tweets, pictures, and videos) I created on Twitter. Congrats to Aja for the wonderful honor!
Aja has been cast in the upcoming project Untouchable, alongside Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, and Genevieve Angelson.
Based on a true story, the movie is a remake of the smash 2011 French film The Intouchables, about a friendship that begins when two unlikely lives intersect: quadriplegic millionaire Philip (Bryan Cranston) takes on Dell (Kevin Hart) as his caregiver, and the two form an unusual bond. Aja will play Latrice, the mother of Dell’s son. Upset by Dell’s unwillingness to hold onto a job or stay out of trouble, she is later surprised and wary when he starts giving her his sizable paychecks. The executive producers on the film are Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and G. Mac Brown.
Congrats to Aja for the new role!
Aja Naomi King featured in the 2017 Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, along with fellow actresses Natalie Portman, Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning, Dakota Johnson, Greta Gerwig, and Janelle Monáe. Aja was featured because of her breakout role in the 2016 film The Birth of a Nation. I am so happy for her! I’ve added the photos to the gallery and there’s a video below! Congrats, Aja!
Today, Elle Magazine released their annual list of Women In Hollywood, and Aja is on one of the 8 special edition covers for November 2016! Also included in the list are Kristen Stewart, Lupita Nyong’o Amy Adams, Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, Kathy Bates, and Helen Mirren.
Aja also posted another photo from the same shoot to her Twitter. The Women In Hollywood issue hasn’t been released to stores yet, but when it comes out I’ll have scans to share. UPDATE: I’ve added the scans below! Congrats, Aja!