Exclusive: Marsai Martin Opens Up About How She Gained Her Confidence

Exclusive: Marsai Martin Opens Up About How She Gained Her Confidence
Photo: Courtesy of Essilor

How did Marsai Martin become the confidence queen she is today?

We caught up with the 15-year-old “black-ish” actress (and youngest executive producer in industry history) to find out! According to Marsai, her introverted and shy-self was completely changed for the better when she starting owning her glasses-wearing look.

To celebrate her vision journey, the young visionary is partnering with Essilor and joining the 20/20 Vision Pledge to support a nationwide movement to give kids 20/20 vision by the year 2020. And the best part? It also gives you the chance to win glasses for your entire school! Learn more in the video below, and keep scrolling to find out how glasses helped Marsai see the world with confidence.

“The first time I put on the glasses, everything was different. When you look at the world in a blurry way, then you look at it with glasses, it’s like a whole new world. You see it from a different perspective. It was definitely life changing!” she told us.

How has your relationship with your glasses changed over the years?
Marsai: [At first,] I thought [wearing glasses] was so embarrassing. I was the only person who had glasses in my class. I felt like my own identity was changed when I first got them, like people looked at me in a different way. But then I learned to appreciate and be comfortable in my glasses. It’s been growing ever since, and now they’re on my logo for my production company and define who I am as a person.

When did you turn that insecurity into a powerful positive?
Marsai: I was still embarrassed of my glasses when I first went on “black-ish,” but then they were like ‘we love your glasses. It’s absolutely amazing. We’ve never really seen…a young black actress with actual glasses on just being herself.’ That made it more comfortable and made me more confident in my acting and how I present myself. Then people who loved the show started coming up to me [and telling me that I inspired them to wear glasses confidently]…it made my heart so full.

Why is being confident so important?
Marsai: Being comfortable in who you are makes the whole world different. When you embrace who you truly are as a person, and how you look, it changes your perspective. Believe in yourself and be patient because that’s going to be one of the things that gets you far in life!

In case you missed it, the Dolan Twins recently surprised Marsai in the sweetest way possible!

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