Lengthy chatted with us concerning the new industrial, the wonder merchandise she’s at present utilizing, and reflections on her legacy as a Black magnificence icon.
Attract: This industrial illustrates a enjoyable phenomenon: Ladies utilizing merchandise marketed in the direction of males. Are there any “males’s” merchandise that you simply borrow from the fellows in your life?
Nia Lengthy: We live in an age the place there are not any gender strains and I have a good time that. The wonder trade, on the whole, is catering in the direction of the way in which we dwell now and the way in which individuals are figuring out themselves. My boys use my stuff, I exploit their stuff. Nicely, perhaps not my perfume — a few of my fragrance is somewhat bit extra feminine-smelling — however we simply use what we like. I’ve used the Outdated Spice deodorant over time. Once you run out, you simply go to the following medication cupboard.
Attract: So, I am simply going to say it. You’ve got been an absolute beauty icon for Black ladies for many years. I ponder, from being that quintessential ’90s magnificence to now, how has your notion of magnificence modified over time?
Lengthy: I look again at my ‘90s lip liner and my skinny brows — [there was] an excessive amount of of the whole lot! I assume a very powerful factor is much less is extra. Regardless that within the ’90s, that was scorching. That is what everybody was doing.
Attract: That was the look and also you ate!
Lengthy: I type of cringe after I look again at a few of these photographs, “Oh my gosh, what was I pondering?”
Attract: What? You had been the second! However I assume it is totally different when it is you trying again on photos of your self.
Lengthy: I used to be simply going to say that. You need to take into consideration how you are feeling if you look again at your previous photographs. I am not taking a look at it like, “Oh my gosh, I used to be taking pictures Boyz n the Hood presently,” or “I used to be on Contemporary Prince presently,” or taking pictures Friday. These moments, though they had been public, culture-defining moments, are nonetheless my private ingénue moments. I decide myself — all of us do, that is a part of it. Generally we do it an excessive amount of.
Proper now, my major focus is to age gracefully and lean into regardless of the subsequent section of my life is. [I don’t] attempt to be something that I used to be or domesticate or create one thing that I am not. I believe the great thing about a lady comes by way of her grace, her communication, her endurance — simply being and permitting herself to undergo, section by section as we grow old and mature.