I’ve got photos from the May 2017 “Fresh Faces” issue of Marie Claire, featuring Aja! I’ve added them to the gallery.
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.”