A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It's equality, it's fairness, and I think it's a great thing to be a part of.

There are things that people say that hurt my feelings or whatever, especially with social media right now. It can be the most amazing thing, and it can also be the most negative and detrimental thing.

I'm not good at a lot of things. I am not good at keeping my room clean. I am not good at eating healthy. I am not good at sports anymore. I used to be! Not so much anymore.

When I was younger, I went through a phase when I didn't like my hair. Because the school I went to was primarily Caucasian, there wasn't anyone who had my hair texture. I remember one day I straightened my hair, and that was the first day that people gave me compliments on it.

As a kid, my main interest was dancing. When I was 8 years old, I was in a hip-hop troupe.

All my brothers and my dad at one point had dreadlocks.

My room used to be full of Michael Jackson posters.

I haven't always been confident enough to rock different styles because I used to be really shy.

I think when you're young, you're a lot more open-minded, and sometimes you're a lot more perceptive about what's going on in the world.

I realized that if I don't like something, I can change it. If I don't feel comfortable with something, then I have a voice to say it's not cool.

There are so many great things in life; why dwell on negativity?

Fashion is a great thing, it's a way to express who you are.

To all the parents out there, thank you for allowing me to be a role model for your children. I really, really do not take that for granted.

Age doesn't mean anything. Age doesn't mean I can't work as hard. Age doesn't mean I can't do as well as everyone else. It's just a factor. It's just there.

It's important to raise your voice in things you feel passionate about and things that you know about. Don't raise your voice just to raise your voice if you have nothing behind it and don't know what you're talking about.

Braids are not new. Black women have been wearing braids for a very long time.

My mom started working at the California Shakespeare Theater in Oakland when I was two years old, so I've always grown up around theater.

I can't do chapped lips. If your lips are jacked up, Aquaphor is always a good go-to.

My mother's proud of where she's from, and her history, and her past, and same with my dad. I have roots in Africa. Like, I am from Africa as well as from Germany, and I am very proud of that.

As you grow older, your music begins to mature and grow older along with you.

I did kindergarten twice because I was so shy.

I feel that if you shelter your kids from everything, one day they are going to be out in the world on their own, and they are going to have to figure it out. You can't give them a test if you never taught them anything that's on the test. They're going to fail.

Why limit yourself? I feel like I can do anything.

Top knots are the easiest thing to create.

Beautiful updos with natural hair are great!

Some things are really sacred and important to other cultures, so you have to be aware, politically, about those things before you just adopt them.

I love singing and would love to record an album at some point.

People always want to doubt you.

I don't think people understand the power of social media or our phones.

I love all types of braids. Single, multiple, box braids - I try them all.

I love playing with makeup. Makeup has become a thing where it's an art form. It's not a thing where you use it because you need to feel beautiful or because you don't like the way you look.

One of my dreams is to walk down the runway during Fashion Week!

I'm excited to be a part of the new direction the Barbie brand is headed, specifically how they are celebrating diversity in the line and encouraging kids to raise their voices.

I use my platform as a tool and a way to speak about greater change.

What hasn't Barbie been? I don't think I can create an occupation that she has not done yet.

I have parents and family who will never allow me not to be grounded. If I thought for a second that I could possibly lift off the ground, I have a thousand people who will grab my ankles.

If I'm going to portray one of my idols and someone I feel... so strongly about, it has to be done right, and it has to be done 120 percent.

Let's practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate.

I love Adele; she's a timeless, classic beauty. I think she's beautiful. She's just a real woman.

I think, more than anything else, my dog's death has made me grow up. I find myself thinking about the world in a more serious way.

What is cool today is not going to be cool tomorrow, and what wasn't cool yesterday is going to be cool tomorrow.

I remember 'Hannah Montana' came out, and I was so depressed, I started crying because I was like, 'I want to do that.'

I don't think it is important to be a role model, because if you are a role model, you are pretending to be someone else.

Pretty is so boring now. There are so many different definitions of 'pretty.' It's so much broader than before. The old pretty is boring - nobody cares anymore.

I think the way we react to things is a big indicator of our character and what type of person we are.

Oakland kids are always the best.

I wore a mullet to the Grammys! I have no fear.

Janelle Monae, she has her own style, and it's specifically hers.

Find something that makes you happy and go for it.