I recently came across an article of Yvonne Orji on ELLE.com and I believe it’s worth the read. Yvonne Orji is both an actress and comedian, she opted out of a career in medicine to become a comedian. She was born in Nigeria and moved to America when she was six with her parents and her three older brothers. Before this article, I had never come across her, never even heard of the show but she said something very profound in the article which I will like everyone to play attention.
“When I came to America as a six-year-old, I had a nice, thick accent, which didn’t go over very well with elementary school kids. For years, I got teased, picked on, and bullied. They called me “African booty scratcher” and things like that.
I had big lips then. You know, Botox wasn’t around, so they called me “soup coolers.” But of course, with immigrant parents, my mum and dad would tell me things like “they’re just jealous of you”
Don’t you just love African parents!!!!!!!!!!
In the article, she stated that she has never been 100 percent comfortable with her body. “My arms and legs have always been great, but my abs are my problem areas. For instance, there’s a scene in episode eight where Molly is wearing a crop top and I’m totally sucking in the entire time. For the jacuzzi scene where I had to wear a bathing suit, I begged the wardrobe stylist—Ayanna James–to get me a sexy one-piece with cut-outs. I can do cut-outs!’ When I tell people I wear Spanx, they’re always like, ‘You don’t need Spanx!’ and I’m like, I need Spanx.’ I lost a little bit of weight to play Molly, and it was the slimmest I’ve been in a while, but I still wasn’t as toned as I would have liked.
MY ACTUAL DESIRE IS TO BE ABLE TO COMFORTABLY WALK OUT OF MY HOUSE WITHOUT ANY MAKEUP ON AND FEEL AS BEAUTIFUL AS I DO WHEN MY MAKEUP ARTIST BEATS MY FACE.
My comfortability with my body and what I wear is a work in progress. When my stylist Toye Adedipe gives me something with a super drop neck, I’m just like, ‘That looks like a lot of work. That looks like I gotta have tape.’ Anytime I have to do tape, I’m like, ‘Nah.’ But he has been able to push me outside of my comfort zone, to be like, ‘Yvonne, you’re a woman. You’re a lady, you have a nice body.’ He’s helping me realise, your body is actually better than you think it is.
I’ll probably always opt for makeup because I just like the way it feels. You can play with it and create different looks and I think that’s fun. But I also want the option to not need it. I think that’s what life is about, just having the options to or not to do.
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