AceShowbiz - "Orange Is the New Black" star Danielle Brooks is using her platform to encourage young people to be proud of the bodies they're born in.
In an interview for the digital cover of the September issue of Shape magazine, the actress, 29, told the publication that seeing first-hand the impact she had on young people was an eye-opening moment for her, because she realised she had been able to be the role model she never had when she was growing up.
"I began to realise the impact of my voice when the first season of Orange Is the New Black dropped," the star shared. "I started to see girls use my red carpet looks as inspiration for their prom dresses. I began to see my interview quotes on social media. I realised that I could be what I wished for as a young girl, for someone else."
"I wanted someone in the industry, who I felt was a reflection of me, to scream from the mountaintops: 'I love my body! I can accomplish whatever I want in the exact body God created me to be in!' "
Danielle, who is pregnant with her first child, went on to share that becoming a mother has encouraged her to embrace her influence even further, and create a better world for her unborn baby.
"Now that I'm about to be a mother, it means even more - to make sure that this human being I'm going to bring into the world knows that they are enough," the "Clemency" actress continued. "I feel like the world has built these invisible bullets to bully us in telling us who we're supposed to be and what we're supposed to look like. And I've always had this desire to prove people wrong - to say that this body that I'm in is enough."