What’s your beauty and style regimen?
I am a dark-skinned woman, and I love every ounce of my skin. I very understand that this industry is not very accepting of this kind of woman. I’ve been told, ‘Cocoa, you need to be barefoot with a frock,’ but that’s not me. I love my pumps like Beyoncé, I love my big hair just like Diana Ross and you’re going to let me do what I do because I can sing. And as long as it looks good, you can’t be mad at me. I love the glam, I love everything that is shiny, I love rhinestone, I love eyelashes and I love colorful makeup.
I love being feminine and still being strong; I love being sexy and not necessarily having all my boobs and butt hanging out. My legs are almost always being shown at my shows because I love having my legs being out. Which is opposite of how I felt as a little girl. I hated how big my thighs were, but now I love them. I embrace them it’s apart of my culture.
I have to have Ambi Skin Care & Even daily moisturizer, I freaking love it because I wear makeup regularly for shows, and I want my skin to be clear. My other beauty regiment is my Hot Six Oil. It’s good for your cuticles, it’s good for your skin, it’s good to put in your bath water and good for your hair. What it also does is it keeps my skin moisturized in the winter so I don’t have eczema breakouts. Oh, and Aveda Control Paste. It’s an all-natural product, and it does really great with my hair. And my Vida Glam lipgloss from MAC. It’s a neutral color, and I just love nude lips.
Do you think you’re the fine line between what Rihanna and Beyoncé are portraying? Classy, yet sexy and uninhibited?
I feel I’m going to be in a completely different lane on my own. I’m not nearly as scantily clad as Rihanna who is very open about her sexuality which I love about her. Beyonce on the other hand is very sexy but in another way and her classiness. I will have a little from everybody. I hear it all the time that I remind people of Mary J. Blige because I talk about real topics and burning people’s houses down. That’s how I felt, but it isn’t who I am. It’s a balance of everyday women. I’m going to talk about having to wear all the hats and still be able to act sexy and still get up on stage and act like nothing is wrong. I’m going to talk about the days I feel weak. I could talk about how I woke up this morning and I didn’t feel pretty, and that’s just how I felt and sometimes we just feel that way. Real women can affiliate with that feeling. Everybody feels Beyoncé doesn’t have a bad day, but she will be the first to admit that she does. Everybody feels that Rihanna doesn’t have bad days, but I’m sure there’s a point where she wakes up like, ‘I would love if someone would love me and not want something from me.’ Everybody has their thing and mine is just being honest and being myself