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La La Anthony Graces Essence Magazine Cover Alongside a Candid Interview

La La Anthony sat down with Essence editor to chat about Identity, Motherhood, and career. She is a best-selling author, actress, designer, producer and queen of the multi-hyphenates.

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She’s in the middle of a successful fashion collaboration with Foot Locker, ‘n fresh off her Snapchat series ‘The Honeybeez of ASU,’ and is promoting her work on the Lena Waithe–helmed Showtime drama ‘The Chi.‘

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Having started her career in radio at the age of 16, she made her first pivot when she transitioned to television. In the early aughts, she appeared on MTV’s pop-culture staple Total Request Live.

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“During the MTV days, I remember being told so many times, ‘This is it; this is the peak,’” she says. “‘You become a VJ, and — no one really does anything after that.’ And I was just like, ‘I’m 21 years old. You’re not going to tell me this is it for me.’”

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“I was always a tomboy, honestly,” she says. “I still am, at the core. People are like, ‘Oh, you’re a glamour girl.’ And it’s so funny because I’m really not. I’m always dressed in sweats and a T-shirt.”

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Forget the Chanel purses, Louboutin shoes and expensive furs — the pièce de résistance in her closet, she says, is “the sickest sneaker collection ever. That’s my thing.”

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“I’m Afro-Latina: I’m Black, I’m Puerto Rican, I’m all of it. I’m proud of it.”

Head over to Essence to read the full interview with the Icon, and more exclusive photos.

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