“Black-ish” Star Marsai Martin Is Helping Kids Get Back-To-School Ready
As one of the youngest actresses in Hollywood, 15-year-old Marsai Martin is already a house hold name and a changemaker. The Black-ish star is now calling for parents to prioritize booking an eye exam for their children.
The actress has partnered with Essilor and is calling for parents and her fans to log onto 2020VisionPledge.com to sign the pledge.
In an interview with MadameNoire, the award-winning actress explained how she was inspired to speak out on the issue, since she herself struggled with vision issues from a very young age.
“I used to be in front of the classroom because I couldn’t see the board,” Martin shared. “I was the kid where everything was blurry, and during recess and in sports it was very difficult for me to clearly see anything.”
That all changed for Martin when she opened up and spoke to her parents about her issue.
“My struggles were at a very young age. I talked to my parents about it and I was that person who didn’t want glasses because I thought it was going to change how other people thought of me,” Martin said. “I was seven years old when I first got my glasses, but it actually made me more confident in myself and how I present things on a daily basis.”
She added: “So it definitely changed dramatically how I think of things, especially with me getting my annual eye exams, everything started going smoothly from there.”
Martin, who is the youngest executive producer in Hollywood history, revealed that after getting eye glasses, she still wasn’t completely comfortable with her appearance.
“While on set, my vision issues did affect me because I would take off my glasses for commercial auditions. I would think I had to take them off, but no one really said anything about it,” Martin shared.
“I just thought that’s how they wanted to see me without glasses. Then if I was booked for that job, I would take off my glasses while shooting and then put them back on during breaks.”
That all changed for Martin when she auditioned for Black-ish.
“When I auditioned for Black-ish, I decided to wear my glasses and that’s just how they wanted me, just being my authentic self,” Martin stated.
Now, the teenager doesn’t want other children to struggle with vision issues heading into a new school and is calling for parents to have them get eye exams.
“It’s very important for children to have their eyes examined by an optometrist because vision issues can impact a student’s ability to focus and excel in the classroom,” she noted.
“It’s never too late or too early to ask for help and to actually get your eyes checked annually.”
“Those who sign the pledge will get a chance to win free glasses for their child and their entire school,” Martin added. “That’s the dopest part, to make sure that everyone feels confident in however they see the world.”