Issa Rae Compares New Fame To High School Popularity
Life is good for Issa Rae, but it hasn’t changed much. The Insecure creator and actress says,
I tell people it just feels like I’m popular in high school. Nothing drastically changed other than people just wanting to say hi all the time. I’m never mad at that.
She says the perks of her new found fame are that she can contribute to women and provide opportunities.
I’ve been influenced by strong women doing what they’re supposed to do and living in their truths. I think being in the industry and seeing a dearth of those women made me feel like, ‘I can do something. I get to actually hire people, and dictate who I work with and who I can put a spotlight on.’ It just made sense for me as someone who is constantly inspired by powerful women to give them a platform to be able to do the same.
Closest to Rae’s heart, though, is empowering women of color.
Everything that I do kind of goes back to that.
She also says that she gets much of her inspiration from the women who works on Insecure, seeing them grow and excel.
I feel strongest when I’m working with my team. Seeing them deliver, take the reins and lead, and when we’re all able to unite towards the common goal, I just feel like there’s nothing more powerful than building something from the ground up and executing that. I wouldn’t be anywhere without the women that I work with.