Keke Palmer Makes History Again! Covers ESSENCE Magazine

Keke Palmer gets another reward for her continued accomplishments. The singer, actress ends 2014 by covering ESSENCE magazine’s January 2015 issue.

In her sit down, the 21-year-old, who made history twice this year (Youngest talk show host with “Just Keke” and first black Cinderella on Broadway), opened up about growing up, playing Cinderella, relationships, and more.

Check out excerpts from the interview: (BTW Palmer is now the youngest person to appear solo on the cover of Essence.


On Being Grown: “People write on my Instagram page: ‘Don’t be like Miley Cyrus.’ I don’t even know what that means. I’m my own person. You want me to stay with a brand that I’ve outgrown. I’m 21. And it’s not about me proving to you that I’m grown as hell…”

On Playing “Cinderella”: “I know that the role of Cinderella is primarily for a Caucasian girl, but it didn’t stop me from going in and it didn’t stop them from seeing me. There is a bit of intimidation. You think about Denzel, Viola Davis, and you think, Only great people can do Broadway. That was the scariest thing about it, but I’m the type who thrives on pressure…”

On Cell Phone Hacking: “People think they can just put their hands in everything and it’s like, No, no, no. The fact that so many celebrity pictures were out there and everybody is elating in the fact that they’re a Peeping Tom? You’re all Peeping Toms. Everybody that’s commenting. In real life, if anybody went to somebody’s house and looked at them naked, they would go to jail…”

On Relationships: “What you’re ready for, you attract. So I think I have to do some introspection on why I’m attracted to people that can’t give me what I want…Maybe I’m not as ready for a serious thing as I think I am. The guys I end up getting involved with, they’re into the idea of me, but they really can’t handle what I’m about…”

The January 2015 issue of ESSENCE hits newsstands December 5th.

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