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Aja Naomi King Explains Why It's So Important To Have Diversity On Set

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"Unless you see it, you don't know that it's possible"

Aja Naomi King is NYLON's February cover star, and during the shoot at The Love Shack, she reflected on it being her first time working with both a black female photographer and stylist on the same shoot. It's not commonplace—at all!—and King points to it as something that makes her feel "seen and visible," adding, "to have that in one space is tremendous."

As well, King deeply understands the power of representation in entertainment, especially of her own role on How to Get Away with Murder. "To be a part of what younger people will look to their TVs and see, and see themselves being reflected, seeing themselves being visible, it will teach them that these are the things that they can achieve," King says. "Because unless you see it, you don't know that it's possible."

Go behind the scenes of our February cover in the video above.

Credits:
Shot by Charlotte Prager and Dani Okon
Edited by Charlotte Prager
Produced by Alexandra Hsie

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