“And now these 3 remain: Faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is Love”
1 Cor 13: 13
NO: Can you tell our readers about a little yourself?
ANGIE: My name is Angela Braden, Im 39 years old from Los Angeles, CA. Im a married mother of 3, and a professional Makeup Artist. I’m also a singer, that is my first love. I’ve been singing and writing since I was 4 years old. I was also signed to MCA Records at the age of 15.
NO: Can you give me 6 words the best describe yourself?
ANGIE: Confident, resilient, understanding, forgiving, sensitive, empathetic
NO: This August we’re celebrating music and entertainment. How important do you feel music is to the black culture?
ANGIE: Music IS black culture! From Africa to America. Music has sustained us through every trial, every pain, every stumbling block, every praise, every celebration. WE ARE MUSIC. Every genre of music has come from Africa. That’s my opinion.
NO: What do you admired about your group members individually?
ANGIE: Shayna’s heart! Her honesty, her ability to protect her peace and remove herself if it ain’t right. Her calm and her confidence in who she is.
Keisha is very fair and shes loving and forgiving. She sees the good in all things. She is an amazing mother and she gives of her heart. But dont get it twisted. She is no ones push over!
Lashawn is the mother of the group. Her passion and fire to do what’s right is motivating. Shes wise far beyond her years. She cuts no cards and she let’s her yes mean yes and no mean no. Very dependable.
I look up to all of these women! I’m blessed to be in the midst.
NO: What female groups have influenced you?
ANGIE: Supremes, LaBelle, Emotions, En Vogue, TLC
NO: How can more women celebrate their kurves this summer?
ANGIE: Own who you are, dont be afraid to set trends and push the edge of the envelope. Wear that body con dress and that 2 piece. It tis a Luxe Kurves Girl Summer!
NO: What can we do more as an industry to advocate more woman embracing their bodies and loving them without the pressure of the social media?
ANGIE: Continue to be an advocate for the real woman. Average size in America is a 14. More magazine’s, music videos, movie roles, commercials. Clothing lines. All of it! Saturate the media!
NO: What is the one thing you would tell a young girl looking in the mirror who is having a hard time loving her kurves?
ANGIE: You are fearfully and wonderfully made with purpose. Love and embrace everything about you. And celebrate you and other young ladies who look like you. You are beautiful from the inside out.
NO: What is your meaning of a “Luxe Beautie?”
ANGIE: A Luxe Beautie is a woman who knows her worth and value start from within. And that confidence exudes outward. she walks with grace and dignity. she walks in a room, and the atmosphere shifts.
NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
ANEGLA: I want my legacy to be one of love and wisdom. Not all the things I’ve done. But the live I’ve given. I have a servants heart. And I want that to be my legacy. Just like my grandmother passed down to all of us girls.
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