In an interview with The YBF, Being Mary Jane actress Raven Goodwin revealed that she doesn’t believe in labels, and that she just wants to do her. “I don’t categorize myself,” she said. “I’m a woman. I’m a Black woman. No matter my size, shape or whatever, my gift is to act. That’s my gift. That’s one of my many purposes that I’m going to live out and I’m going to accomplish.”
The actress doesn’t think that her looks define her. Preach! “I’m just Raven,” she told The YBF. “If I want to keep the weight, I’m going to work. If I lose the weight, I’m going to work. I love showing love to girls who look up to me who may be plus size. That’s what I’m here for. But at the same time, all of the labels make it difficult for us to just exist.”
Raven’s statements are pretty inspiring. She wants to be defined by her career (she’s also in film school) and accomplishments, something we can all aspire to. It doesn’t really matter how society sees her — although we have to say she looks pretty damn great.
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