21 September 2020 06:32
During the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, four-time Emmy nominated actor Issa Rae, creator and star of "Insecure," recalled her first Hollywood pitch experience, where a studio executive attempted to tell her what Black audiences wanted to see on television. "The executive was like 'Yes, I saw your show, funny stuff, funny stuff,'" Rae said of pitching her third web series. "And I was like 'Um, thank you.' And he was like 'Yeah, it's about this Black woman and her Black woman problems, hilarious.' And I was like 'That's not what it's about, but OK.'" Rae said the executive, who is not Black, told her that Black audiences want to "see familiar faces" and that she might need to "switch up the characters." "It just became very clear to me that he didn't get the show," she said. The experience fueled Rae to keep pushing for increased representation of Black people on television, in an effort to disprove the executive's gatekeeping of what stories are told on screen. "I remember just fuming in that meeting like 'Why does he get to tell me what gets to be on TV?
Why does he get to tell me what people like me like to see, when I'm here, I'm telling you what I wanna see — I made it,'" Rae said. "For me that moment was the motivation I needed to keep doing what I was doing, to kinda bet on myself." Rae, whose recent projects also include the films "The Photograph" and "The Lovebirds," humorously alluded to the end results of the pitch meeting: "And, you know, one of us got fired after that," she said. Issa Rae is one of the handful of celebrities donating their 2020 Emmys looks to RAD's auction that's raising funds for When We All Vote. As soon as we saw a sneak peek of the number on Issa's stylist Jason Rembert's Instagram Story, we knew it'd make our list of top five looks. The stunning Sergio Hudson design has long sleeves with strong shoulders and buttons that circle the plunging neckline and extend to the cutout at the centre.
Rather than strutting down the red carpet, celebrities were safe and comfortable at home, wearing everything from full length gowns to their chiciest loungewear. Despite the new virtual structure, the nominees look promising. HBO's retelling of the comic book series Watchmen leads the way with 26 nominations while tongue-in-cheek comedy series, Schitt's Creek, has a total of 15. Killing Eve, The Good Place, and Insecure also managed to snatch a few nominations each. Actors like Tracee Ellis Ross, Sandra Oh, and Laverne Cox are all up to win an Emmy tonight, and we can't wait to see who gets to take one home. As host Jimmy Kimmel guides us through the night live from the Staples Center, don't forget to check back here to see our favorite beauty moments of the night. Zendaya Weeks before the show, Zendaya let us know she'd be dressing up for the virtual event — and she didn't disappoint. The actor was one of the first to show off her whole look for the night, keeping it classic and cute with a sleek low bun and very soft, neutral makeup. She looks absolutely radiant in this neutral glam look paired with the eggplant-colored gown created by Christopher John Rogers. Issa Rae © Courtesy of Instagram/@issarae Insecure's star Issa Rae didn't letting the pandemic stop her from getting glam for Sunday night's event. On her Instagram stories, the actor gave us a tease of her smoky rose gold eye makeup, which was put together by makeup artist Joanna Simkin. Her lashes that look out of this world are thanks to falsies brand, Eyelure. © Courtesy of Dove You can truly never go wrong with a black cat eye, and Rachel Brosnahan shows exactly why it works. Her tousled waves complete the full subdued look. Jewels are the star of H.E.R's look tonight. The singer's curls were slicked back into a long, waist-length braid. Sparkly gems were then added to her hair for the shiny look. Her edges were swooped to perfection for an overall gorgeous look. Read more Emmy's coverage: Issa Rae's Look Is Making Us Rethink Every Fall Beauty Trend Jennifer Aniston Wore a Sheet Mask to the Emmys Zendaya Won Best Dressed Before the Show Even Started Now watch another Euphoria star try a drawing challenge: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on all things beauty.