Recently, the princess of social media, Skai Jackson, who has an impressive 2.9 million followers and counting, took to Instagram to do an interview with @obessee, where rad girls get real, giving advice that is well beyond her teenage years to followers.
Check out what Jackson had to say about natural hair, bullying, standing up for herself, and having the self-confidence to stay true to who she is.
Skai Jackson (@skaijackson) is no rookie in the realm of social media. She’s been the subject of a popular meme (“They’re super funny, and it’s crazy how many there are”) and famously argued with musician Azealia Banks on Twitter (“I felt like I had to voice my opinion and be honest”). Wise beyond her 14 years, Skai finds comfort in knowing her family and friends will always be there for her—not to mention her millions of internet followers (over 2.9 million and counting) who’ve grown up with her as she plays Zuri Ross on the @disneychannel’s Bunk’d. Dealing with bullying from a young age, Skai learned early on to focus on herself and her own happiness. That includes her experience learning to embrace her natural hair, which we captured for our exclusive editorial shot by 24-year-old photographer Daria Kobayashi Ritch (@dritch). Skai wanted to pursue acting after spending her childhood watching That’s So Raven and “seeing another African-American actress on TV and knowing that I could possibly do that too.” But her main motivation? Her mom. “She always told me if it’s something you want to do, go for it, and don’t let anything stop you.” We caught up with Skai between her busy filming schedule and typical teenagedom. (Want proof? She’s a “total nerd” for Dance Central and says she can play for “four hours straight.”) Keep reading to hear more sage advice from this superstar teen. — @maddiesensibile #skaisthelimit [1/6] Photography: @dritch | Hair: @larryjarahsims | Makeup: @samuelpaulmakeup
“By wearing my hair natural, I’m being true to who I am. Growing up, I wasn’t really the biggest fan of my hair. I love my curls, but they were so hard for me to deal with because I have such thick hair, and it’s so big. Now, I’m not trying to be something that I am not. I would tell girls who want to put relaxers in their hair to just wait a little bit, and trust me—I thought about it too when I was younger, but the more you practice with your hair and get used to doing it, the more you’ll start to love it.” — @skaijackson [2/6]
“Being on social media honestly can be a blessing and a curse. The blessing is getting to promote so many awesome things and causes—people can connect with it. The curse is the online bullies, the trolls. With the situation with Azealia Banks, I realized over time that people weren’t noticing for her music, but because of her mean comments. When I saw what she said to Zayn Malik, it was out of line.” — @skaijackson [3/6]
“By standing up for myself and what I believe on the internet, I’ve learned that I am stronger than I thought. I’ve always been a shy person—people don’t really think that I am, especially when I’m on TV since my character is not shy at all. But by speaking up on social media, I’ve learned that I can hold my own. I don’t need anyone to tell me what I need to do. I know what’s best for me.” — @skaijackson [4/6]
“My fans give me confidence. Especially when I look at my Instagram comments, the positive things that people say, like that I’m a role model, really touch my heart and give me such a confidence boost. Just having supporters, even if I don’t know them, they show me that they’re there for me, no matter what.” — @skaijackson [6/6]
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