“We’re Not Afraid To Speak Our Minds” Chloe X Halle Celebrate Black Beauty With Short Film
If you’re a fan of Freeform’s Grown-ish, you know that Yara Shahidi isn’t the only one sprinkling black girl magic all over the Black-ish spinoff. Singing duo Chloe X Halle have had quite the busy schedule since being discovered by Queen Bey herself and signing to the singer’s own Parkwood Entertainment. Clearly all of their hard work has paid off. In between their roles as track star twins on Grown-ish and opening up for Beyoncé and Jay-Z on the On The Run II tour, the sisters recently earned their first Grammy nomination. Their debut album The Kids Are Alright was recently nominated for “Best New Artist” and “Best Urban Contemporary Album.”
Off-screen, Chloe, 20, and Halle, 18, aren’t actually twins but they do however repeatedly kill red carpets and magazine covers with their complementary fashion choices and eclectic, free-spirited style. The talented twosome are featured on ESSENCE magazine’s first digital cover and in the feature article they discuss their musical journey, celebrating black beauty and how they practice self-care.
Fresh from a performance of “America The Beautiful” at Super Bowl LII, the sisters share that they still are in somewhat disbelief that they’re officially Grammy-nominated singers. Halle says the nomination only adds to their motivation:
“We still feel like we’re dreaming about the Grammy nominations.”
“We’re forever grateful, and we know that no matter what happens, this honor, it will stay with us for the rest of our lives—and it just inspires us to keep going.”
Unfortunately the duo didn’t get to take home a golden gramophone, but when it comes to celebrating black beauty, the sisters reveal that they’re not just looking the part. The duo also unveiled a short film accompanying their debut album that stars Moonlight star Ashton Sanders. Halle says they hoped to capture their own maturity as musicians as well as pay honor to the beauty of melanin with the ten-minute visual project:
“We wanted to show just how beautiful it is to be Black and how amazing it feels.”
Chloe shares that beauty is not just about physical qualities, but also from finding strength on the inside as well:
“As Black women, we are feeling incredibly empowered. We’re not afraid to speak our minds—and we owe that to all of the beautiful Black women who came before us and are killing it right now.”
“We wouldn’t change our skin color for anything. We love being Black women and are so proud to say that.”
The sisters also share they radiate that beauty from the inside out by engaging in regular self-care that includes hot yoga and a vegan diet. And even though the sisters have had different but impressive glow-ups, Halle confesses she a tad bit jealous of her sister’s confidence and “awesome legs and booty.” A recent Grown-ish episode centered around the sisters’ characters as they explored the relationship between women’s agency over their bodies and social media. Chloe responds that she is proud of the woman she’s becoming, physically and mentally:
“I’m becoming a woman, and I’m loving the shape God blessed me with.”
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