One of the things we love most about The Real — outside of the co-hosts’ honest conversations — is the representation of women of color. But even with a panel of two Black women, and one Latina and one Asian woman, comedienne Loni Love says she still has to somewhat censor her remarks on camera.
“Being on a show like The Real, I’m the darkest and I’m the biggest girl,” the 47-year-old told us. “You have to understand, even though they’re women of color, you have to look at the women of color I’m sitting next to. If there’s a certain subject, there’s a certain way I have to deliver things because if I have this thin Asian chick next to me and I’m barking at her that’s the way it’s going to look to America.”
Loni said the shades and sizes of her co-hosts aren’t the only reason she’s had to shield her commentary. Improper lighting in the earlier seasons of her Fox talk show also altered her appearance, making her even more aware of the comments she made and how they might be taken by audiences, explaining, “When people see things, they take your message a different way if you don’t look a certain way to them.”
Check out our full conversation with Loni as she talks more real about The Real, her relationship and hosting EssenceFest in the video above.