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Aja Naomi King featured in Allure’s Diversity Issue

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.”

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Watch: Aja Naomi King’s touching speech at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards

Aja was honored at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards on February 24th, and when she accepted the award she gave a touching speech about self-doubt. Watch the video below! You can view pictures from the event in the gallery.

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Aja Naomi King Honored at Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards

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!

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