Orange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks is featured in the May 2018 issue of ESSENCE Magazine.
From the digital issue:
Danielle Brooks isn’t your typical fashion girl. The actress is redefining beauty standards every time she hit the red carpet and works the runway, like she did at the Christian Siriano Fall 2018 show. When she’s not filming, she’s creating a capsule collection for Universal Standard. Known for its fashion-forward designs in sizes 10-28, the New York City-based company tapped Brooks to add some of her flair with a signature line.
“You get exhausted asking people to design for you, regardless [of whether] it’s a red-carpet look or just a pair of jeans,” Brooks says. She describes her style as “comfortable and sexy.” She understands the power of her position and image: “It’s truly for that next girl to rise up and feel confident about herself and see people who are expressing themselves the way she hopes to, if she’s not there already.”
Orange is the New Black is now streaming on Netflix.
Photography: Yachin Parham / Hair: Tish Celestine / Makeup: Michael Patterson