Nigerian-American actress, comedian, and producer, Ayo Edebiri, famously known for her role in the hit series The Bear is the cover star for Vanity Fair‘s June issue.


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The award-winning actress has been on a winning streak as she bagged a Golden Globe Award, Primetime Emmy Award and  SAG Award for her role as chef Sydney Adamu on the FX Hulu comedy drama, pulling off an awards season hat trick.

She sat with Leah Faye Cooper to discuss her background, venturing into Hollywood, working with her co-star Jeremy Allen White, hosting Saturday Night Live (SNL) taking her back to her comedic roots, and moving from comedy clubs to the red carpet.

On the cover page, Ayo makes a casual look lovely appearing in a pink sweatshirt and shorts from Marc Jacobs, paired with a tank top by Max Mara, platform heels and white socks.

Ayo also donned a leopard print ensemble featuring a jumpsuit from Xuly.Bët and matching print ankle boots from Isabel Marant.

In the image below, Ayo is lying pretty in white with a pink embroidered design, a tulle skirt and Afro hair.

Explaining the shock of her fame and finding her way back to her comic background hosting SNL she said:

I was grocery shopping yesterday, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, my life’s about to shift and I don’t know in which direction.

I feel very fortunate and still I don’t really totally believe it or understand it. It’s special but strange; both a really intense experience but also something that I’m very grateful for. People have processed my life as having changed and have processed change in me that I have not processed myself. Does that make sense?


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Ayo who loves clothes and describes her mother as “impeccably dressed,” had feelings about what her appearance would project because of the expectations and not getting invitations to certain fashion shows as her sounding ungrateful. She shared how it was talking to her designer Danielle Goldberg 

“We just got kind of vulnerable,” she says of her initial call with Goldberg. “I was like, ‘I feel very sad [because] people are telling me I’m primed to be this and I’m primed to be that, but I don’t feel like it’s being reflected.

The actor worries that the frustrations she shared on that call—not being invited to certain fashion shows, not being dressed by certain designers—make her sound ungrateful. Goldberg’s response to those mixed emotions, Ayo says, was unflinching: “She was like, ‘You’re a leading lady, I will dress you as such. Goldberg delivered, putting her in Prada, Bottega, The Row, and fresh-off-the-runway Luar throughout awards season.

Sharing the advice that was shared with her when she felt overwhelmed by a fellow actor, she said:

He was like, “Just remember why you’re doing this; remember the actual reason why you’re doing this, and it’ll be fine.”

“Why are you doing all of this?”

“Because I love it.”

Read the full interview here


Muse: @ayoedebiri

Photographed by @renellaice

Story by @leahfayec

Styled by @stella_greenspan

Hairstylist @lacyredway

Makeup Artist @marcelogutierrez

Manicurist @redhotnails

Set Designer @frau.juliawagner

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