Aja Naomi King is a Capricorn. That’s important, a necessary revelation; it explains many things about the acuteness of King’s acting, and the impressive steadiness of her career thus far. Another revelation: Our birthdays are a day apart, hers on the 11th, mine on the 10th. This gave us (gave me) an instant bond when we were first introduced, one that feels akin to sisterhood, a very specific sisterhood that provides a rare understanding of all our shared, confusingly distinctive idiosyncrasies. But it also makes sense: Capricorns are said to possess a great specificity. We like what we like, determinedly. We are the quintessential Keep Calm and Carry On poster; we are the elders of astrology, precisely because of an innate wisdom we carry, one that, at times, feels preordained. I told King all this, with heady enthusiasm and no irony, the morning we met, and she agreed with excited sighs and giddy nods, mirroring my energy completely. I breathed a sigh of relief. Bringing up astrology can be a gamble. But it wound up being a safe bet with King. “Every first of the month,” King said, “I send my mom and my little sisters their horoscope. It’s tradition.” The way that she said that last part, the part about tradition and family, transported me straight to a scene in the movie Ever After, when the young Danielle de Barbarac (aka Cinderella) turns to her friend, Gustave, and explains that her father always turns to wave her a last goodbye, as he rides away on horseback, off to another job. “It’s tradition,” Cinderella says with a calm assuredness.
Aja announced on social media today that she has become the new celebrity spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris! She also shared this beautiful photo to kickoff the campaign, which you can see in full here or in the gallery. Here are some details about the campaign:
Aja will star in TV, print and digital advertising campaigns for the leading global beauty brand beginning in the United States in early 2018. Her first campaign will be for True Match Lumi Glow, a new collection of five products designed to create an effortless and luminous glow – Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, Glow Nude Palette, Shimmerista Powder, Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops and Bronze It Bronzer. Following True Match Lumi Glow, Aja will be featured in campaigns for Hair, Skincare, as well as Cosmetics.
Additionally, Aja will serve as a presenter at L’Oréal Paris’ Women of Worth celebration on December 6, 2017. The annual event celebrates ten inspiring women who are making a difference in their communities across the country. Tapping into her steadfast commitment of inspiring others to see their own value, she will also be leveraged to drive moments of worth and empowerment for the brand through event appearances, social media promotion and campaign engagement.
Aja attended the premiere of ‘The Light Of The Moon’ in LA this week! She is was there with her friends and HTGAWM co-stars Jack Falahee, Conrad Ricamora, and Matt McGorry. View the photos in the gallery here.