23 year-old actress and Scream Queens star, Keke Palmer, recently posed and shared her thoughts on a range of subjects with Coveteur. The exclusive interview dives into her love for switching up her style with wigs, blending affordable style with couture, her journey to positive self-esteem, and the ugly side of social media.
“I think one thing you have to realize with social media is that everybody is not [always] in their right mind. Mental health is something that’s not discussed as much as it should be, and the problem with social media is that people aren’t often mentally stable, so you’ll have people commenting and be saying things from this very dysfunctional filter and you take it personally, not realizing that if you saw that person on the street you would be able to tell that they have issues.”
On recognizing her influence:
“I am one of those people that is outspoken because I do have a platform. I think, ‘Can I turn this into an example?’ I’m definitely big on, like, shining lights on situations and having an insightful moment because that’s just my personality. I’m always thinking, ‘What’s the message behind this?’”
The photo shoot also includes shots of Ms. Palmer’s favorite closet staples.
On the pressures of beauty norms and boxes:
“I feel like society put females in a choke hold and we’re in a generation where—back in the old days everybody would be quiet about [appearances]. Now we’re in a stage where people aren’t weird about the fact that things are fake. But we’ve also gone from being excessively unfair to people that wanted to [change] themselves to ‘You have to add additions to yourself.’ There are no in-betweens, and that’s because of society’s pressures. There’s excessive pressures for women, they don’t know if they should be the natural b**** or if they should be the plastic b****. Because as soon as I become that natural girl, someone’s telling me I need to slap a perm on my head. And as soon as I become that girl with the perm on my head, someone’s telling me that I need to be that natural girl. It comes down to the individual being comfortable with themselves to disregard those beauty norms.”
On her former personal insecurities:
“I ask myself a lot of questions and I’m honest with myself about how I feel. When I was younger I wanted a nose job, I felt pressure because I had a ‘black nose,’ whatever the fuck that means. Then I got older, it went away. The same thing with my complexion, growing [up] people would tell me I wasn’t ‘the prettiest black girl,’ I can’t be considered a pretty black girl because I’m not lighter-complected. Every culture, every country, every people have their own standards of what they feel is beauty and they affect you in different ways.”
“I’m grateful I have my foundation of family where I discuss these beauty feelings and they help me to feel better about it. Again, it comes down to your point of view, perspective, and mental strength. I was able to shake off those things and I really think that at the end of the day, our parents can teach us what they teach us, and when we become adults we have to be able to make our own choices and decide how we feel. Even if my parents didn’t help me feel comfortable about beauty norms, I would still have to accept myself at some point.”
On personal style:
“I like to shop and give my style a good balance because I’m not the kind of person who overindulges in clothing. Partly because of the people that follow me, I don’t want them to feel like the only way they can be fly is if they’re in the latest designer things. Of course we admire designer pieces, because they’re beautiful, they’re art pieces—but you don’t have to feel like if you don’t buy every single thing then you’re not dope. You have to choose wisely, get the individual vintage piece that you may not find and pair it with an Alexander Wang t-shirt that’s only in season this year. So I would describe my style as street but sweet because it has that authentic rawness to it.”
To peep Keke’s full interview and fashion spread, head over to Coveteur.