In this digital age, everything seems to be public. The aspect of privacy has become a scarce luxury and those who are able to effectively have it must be doing something right. Issa Rae is one of them.
Much to the surprise of her “Insecure” fans, Issa Rae dropped photographs of herself in a Vera Wang wedding gown, her bridesmaids, and of course the man who stole her heart–her longtime partner Louis Diame. Although the writer, producer, and actress has been known to be private about her romantic life, there was speculation that she might’ve been engaged since 2019.
Her beautiful wedding took place in the South of France and she posted 10 photographs to capture and share with her fans for social media. But, what’s Issa Rae without her quirkiness and playful banter? She captioned the photos with this statement on her Instagram post:
“A) Impromptu photo shoot in a custom @verawang dress,” she joked in the caption.
“B) My girls came to help me, but they all coincidentally had on the same dress! They were sooooo embarrassed,” she continued.
C) Then I took a few flicks with Somebody’s Husband” – @issarae
What I love about Rae is that she’s unapologetic about her voice and how she thinks she deserves to live her life. Fame doesn’t equate to giving everything personal about her life away. According to essence.com., “Whose business is it?” Rae asked The Hollywood Reporter in 2020. “I realized I just don’t like to be the subject of conversations if it doesn’t have to do with my work. I’ve always been like that, where I’d be dating someone and my friends would find out six months later. Like, ‘B—h, what the f–k? Why don’t we know this?’ So it’s just always been that I want to vet situations for myself. I really value that part of my life a lot.”
Despite the random drop of wedding photos being a surprise for fans, this wedding was a long time coming. But when you’re happy and in love, it should be a thing to share when you feel most comfortable, not for anyone else’s validation. As I’m maturing, I’m realizing the value of privacy is one of the utmost valuable things to have.
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By Kori Barnes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas