Keshia Knight Pulliam is a modern day renaissance women. She is a proud graduate of Spelman College, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and an actress. You’ve seen Keshia in the films entitled Beauty Shop, The Gospel, and Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail. Recently, Keshia starred as Miranda on The House of Payne, a TBS sitcom. If , however, you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years, you will surely remember her from her role as Rudy on The Cosby Show. Several months ago, Keshia extended her brand and reputation as a spokesperson for Hairfinity hair vitamins. Below is my interview with Kiesha about her decision to represent Hairfinity, her hair, and life on the big screen.
Phillips: We’ve rarely seen you endorse a product. Why did you decide to become a spokesperson for Hairfinity hair vitamins?
Pulliam: You are correct, I’ve been approached to endorse other products but I have to feel comfortable with the brand that I represent. For me, it’s all about believing in the product and the product synergizing with who I am as a person. In my opinion, health and wellness are the cornerstones of beauty and Hairfinity hair vitamins are helping women maintain their beauty with healthy vitamins that support their hair and their overall health.
Phillips: How are you wearing your hair right now?
Pulliam: At the moment, I just came from the gym so my hair is in a bun on the top of my head. Personally, I am more of a long hair girl and I love a ponytail. For me, hair is an accessory and it’s fun to do different things with my hair. Sometimes my hair is straight and other times it’s curly. Often times, people can’t tell that my hair is natural. I think some people get confused because my hair is straight and that’s a huge misconception about natural hair. Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean that you can’t straighten your hair. I’m comfortable putting on some clips for extra length. For me, it’s all about having healthy hair whether your hair is natural or relaxed.
Phillips: Do you feel pressured to wear weave for certain movie roles?
Pulliam: Absolutely not! Sometimes I need to do something different with my hair for a role and to me it’s a part of my hair being an accessory for my character. As women, we all have the freedom of choice when it comes to our hair but, personally, I’m not a big weave girl. I view my hair as an extension of who I am and as a form of self-expression. I change my hair based on how I’m feeling and what I’m wearing. I will throw a clip in if I feel like it but my scalp is claustrophobic! For me, I like to be able to touch my scalp and that’s just something personal between me and my scalp.
Phillips: When you aren’t acting or managing your production company, how do you spend your time?
Pulliam: During my undergraduate studies at Spelman, I was a Bonner Scholar, which is a service learning scholarship. My experiences giving back to the less fortunate led me to create Kamp Kizzy, a free summer camp designed to empower young girls from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. I am very proud of my Kamp Kizzy girls and I look forward to working with many of them in 2014. This past summer, we received sponsorships from Planned Parenthood and Whole Foods. We are continually looking for sponsors and individual donations so that we can assist more young girls become productive young ladies. I invite your readers to visit kampkizzy.org to learn more about the summer camp and how they can assist us.