TV star, producer and all-around creative Issa Rae is the cover star for SELF Magazine‘s latest issue. For the cover story, Issa talks to the publication about life as a newlywed, her recent wedding to her longtime boyfriend, businessman Louis Diame, creating boundaries, self-care and much more. 

For the feature, Issa was styled by the talented Jason Rembert, on the cover, the star dons a Cong Tri mini dress with dramatic shoulder details. For beauty, Issa opts for a bold red lip featuring chunky straight back braids.

Read excerpts of the interview below:

On self-care

Waking up super early just makes me feel better… Waking up at four, I’m just like, ‘Not a lot of people are awake right now, at least on the West Coast,’ and that makes me feel like I have a window of time just for me. I think that’s my form of meditation because I don’t meditate.


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On expanding her family

I’m extremely happy [being married], [But] I like my life, I like this selfishness, and I know that I have a window. I’ve always felt that way, that women, Black women especially—unless you’re Viola Davis or Angela Bassett—you have a window when people are going to want to continue to see you and see what you can do. Then there are so many limitations placed upon you, and that does keep me up.

I want to do as much as I can while I still can. I know it’s not the proper mentality to think that kids will slow you down, but I do feel that way.

On protecting her privacy and having a personal boundary with sharing her life with the press

There’s something nice to have a piece of me that no one knows about or no one can talk about except for the people that are part of my life. Self-care has been having a private piece that’s just for me.

I would share so much of myself, of my friend group, and it was fun because it felt like just amongst my friends. The more I started to seep out, the more I felt like people took ownership of me and my decisions and things that I did. That’s just not something that sat right with me, and I found that I don’t like to be the subject of conversations that I don’t initiate.

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Photography: Andy Jackson @anndyjackson
Wardrobe Styling: Jason Rembert @jasonrembert
Makeup: Joanna Simkin at The Wall Group @joannasimkin
Hair: Felicia Leatherwood @lovingyourhair
Manicure: Naomi Gonzalez-Longstaff at ABTP @nailingwithnaomi
Creative Direction: Amber Venerable @avenerable