CORINNE FOXX | Model, Actress + NAMI Ambassador | Podcast No. 04
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HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
Yes, let's just get this out of the way BECAUSE SHE'S SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. Corinne is the daughter of Jamie Foxx. Okay. Moving on. I first heard of Corinne when I came across an article she wrote for Refinery29. In it, she used my favorite phrase: speak your truth. As an Ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, her role does not require her to speak about her own struggles. However, her feeling was one that if she was going to wear her part proudly, she had to be authentic. So she wrote about her truth: her anxiety.
“There are so many stigmas. You don’t want to be called crazy. There (are) stigmas against it. And so I was nervous. You know, I have this great image and everybody thinks very highly of me and i don’t want them to see my weaknesses but I think in showing your weaknesses, you really show your strength. And so, that was a big reason why I decided to do it.”
Which leads me to another article she wrote and warning readers of the pitfalls of fame: the 'world in sheep's clothing' as she calls it.
What I found most interesting about Corinne is that in the age of social media influencers, she is more than just a face and a name. She is SMART. And she knows it. Which is incredible because she chooses to use her platform to talk about important issues from which we could all benefit.
"It’s my first time actually being in the industry and meeting people in the industry and being like, 'oh wow this is what my dad was talking about,' and this is like, you know, the road kind of my dad did not want me to go down. Regardless, it’s still fun and they (influencers) are nice people, but I definitely do think there’s a difference and it does feel kind of isolating sometimes."
Simply put: she's refreshing. And so was this conversation. I hate to sound like an old 30 year old, but for 24 she is way ahead of the game. She's got her head on straight, knows what she wants, and knows how to attain it. With Corinne's pedigree and the environment in which she was raised, one could easily assume otherwise, which is a huge testament to her parents.
“Both my parents absolutely love and live for what they do and they would never, ever allow me to settle for a job that I did not feel super passionately about. So when I see them and they wake up in the morning so energized to go to work, it fuels them, they come back smiling because they love it so much - that has definitely given me that push to really fight for what I want to do, and not settle for just like ‘ah this job is fine'.
If it’s not amazing, don’t do it.”
She is Intelligence + Beauty. Her confidence contagious and her kindness infectious. Her ability to speak so openly about something that is still plagued with stigmas is brave, inspiring, and immensely important. I am especially impressed by Corinne's ability to grab the reins of her life and to steer in the appropriate direction, even if it takes trial and error. We could all use a boost of her mantra:
“Don’t underestimate the power of what you can do.”
Much love to you C for Speaking Your Truth <3
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YOUR SUGGESTED TAKEAWAYS + LESSONS:
The Truth and Reality of growing up "in the industry"
The normalcy of her upbringing
How to read people's intention and energy, and why she's extra cautious
The importance and privilege of an Education and why she believes that it should be accessible to all people
The world of Influencers and why it can be isolating and lonely
The importance of working with socially conscious brands
Deglamorizing Fame and how to avoid stepping in to the industry for the 'wrong' reasons
Why it's SO important to share your truth
Re-framing our minds to understand that there is no such thing as perfect - we all have shit in our lives
Importance of her work as a NAMI Ambassador
Deep dive into her Anxiety:
how + why it started
where + how she asked for help
the trials + errors of finding the tools that work best for you
the science behind panic attacks
the tools that work for her now + treatment
finding power in your own ability to help yourself
Mental Health + it's many stigmas | how can we make a change
Female Body Image
Modern Day Feminism + the importance of Women supporting other Women
Her Mama as her Female Role Model
Flaws, flaws, flaws
a full cirlce moment
i don't know what is.