This week, EGL gives kudos to a stand up kind of girl. This native New Yorker, who by birthright is fearless in the face of her naysayers, is someone to clearly be acknowledged. While it may take some of us years to be bold and say what’s on our minds, this blazing female has found her voice already. Miss Skai Jackson is our EGL Chick of the Week.
At just 14, Skai Jackson is a household name. She’s one of the “it” teen female actresses on the scene right now. Her acting resume is long, detailing the movies, television shows, and commercials she’s appeared in during her young life. Skai currently stars in the new Nickelodeon series “Bunk’d,” a spinoff of “Jessie.” Here she reprises her role of Zuri Ross. You may remember some of her previous work as a guest star on “Boardwalk Empire” and the “House of Pain.” But please note Jackson is not new to this. She has been in the business since she was 9 months old. At the age of 4, Skai recalls knowing exactly what she wanted to be, an actress.
“I would watch different TV shows on the Disney Channel like Raven Symoné on ‘That’s So Raven…’ and I was like, ‘that’s something that I really want to do when I get older,’” Jackson told The Huffington Post. “This is something I wanted to do since I was four years old and I knew that eventually I would achieve what I want, and I just kind of believed in myself, even though it didn’t happen right away. It took like, what, 10 years for me to get to this point.”
In recent days, Skai has received a lot of attention surrounding a Twitter beef between her and 20-something Azealia Banks. Although Skai has remained dignified and poised during this “confrontation” of name calling, she seems to reign as the winner of the beef. The age-old adage, “Stick and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me,” rings loud and clear in this case.
“No one’s gonna like [everything] you do at the end of the day. There’s always gonna be someone who doesn’t like what you do who’s gonna always hate on you. But for me, I’m living for what I do, I’m living for myself,” she told Huffington Post.
Alright now, say it Skai-classy but sassy!
Jackson isn’t focused on the little things in life. She has her eyes set on aspirations in and out of acting. She has visions of one day producing and directing, and even potentially designing clothes. We’ll keep our eyes on this multi-talented starlet.
Continue to be an example for all women Skai Jackson!
Written by Tawana C. Coleman