A behind the scenes chat with the budding actress and model.
Meet the star of our latest party shop–actress and model Corinne Foxx! From guest-appearing on her dad’s hit show as a kid, to now hosting Beat Shazam and walking in some of the most coveted fashion shows, Corinne is the entertainment new-comer with an expert edge. Get to know what she loves most about life on the runway and get the deets on her Nasty Gal party style!
What was your very first acting or modeling gig?
My first big modeling gig was with Icing Stores for their jewelry. We shot in Palm Springs for two days and I wasn’t even represented by a modeling agency at the time, they just asked me to do it. I remember feeling so lost and not knowing what I was doing but it turned out really well. From that moment on, I decided I should probably be represented. That’s how I got into modeling. Technically my first acting gig was on my dad’s show, The Jamie Foxx Show and I played the flower girl for his wedding in the show and you can see when I’m walking down the aisle that he’s staring at me, but he’s not supposed to know me.
Did you grow up and rewatch the episode?
I did, I’m in it for about 30 seconds and it’s really cute.
What’s been your favorite runway show so far?
In April I walked for Dolce & Gabbana’s show at the Met Opera. We had to go up this spiral staircase and it was absolutely beautiful. It’s a lot of pressure because you’re going up the stairs the entire time and you don’t want to fall, but at the end it was just so regal and magical.
“With anything new that you’re trying, you’re going to have those second thoughts, but if you really want it just bypass it and go for it.”
What would be your dream runway gig?
Obviously there are a million designers I want to work with and haven’t worked with yet, but I think when you’re doing runway it’s always so fun when you’re not doing the traditional catwalk. With the Dolce Met Opera show or any beautiful runway show, it’s such a challenge and so much fun.
What’s the most important thing that you keep in mind when you’re trying to achieve a new goal?
For me, a lot of it is overcoming a new fear. When you’re going after something you’ve never gone after before, you can come up with a million reasons for why you shouldn’t do it. I think this whole last year has been really conquering those fears and that voice inside of your head and just going for it. With anything new that you’re trying, you’re going to have those second thoughts, but if you really want it just bypass it and go for it.
How do you tell the difference between a fear and a logical concern?
It’s so cheesy but I swear you just know if it’s the right thing for you. Last year I started a business and that was always terrifying to me. I had a million reasons to not do it and I’m still not sure if it was the right decision, but I can at least logically say that it would be a smart thing for me to at least try.
Tell us more about your business!
It’s called Foxx Tales. It’s an online magazine and online marketplace and we exclusively feature female-run businesses. So we go out and look for women who are starting their own businesses that need help with how to market or launch. I felt like I’ve been given this platform that I didn’t really ask for. So I’m like, “why not use my name, my likeness to help others”. Actually, one of the businesses just got an email from Neiman Marcus because they saw them on my website, and now they want to talk to them, which is the entire goal of my site.
“We’re unstoppable when we help one another.”
Why do you think the female voice is important right now?
I think the female voice is important now because it’s been oppressed for so long. Women haven’t felt comfortable to go for the things they want to go for or speak their minds. It’s such a revolutionary thing that’s happening right now where women are feeling empowered enough to do the same things that men do. Men feel like they can do everything, and women are just now getting that power. I think it’s really important that women support other women. That’s the mission of my business. We’re unstoppable when we help one another.
What change would you like to make in the modeling industry?
My favorite work that I do is when I get to blend my philanthropic side and fashion. Fashion is a beautiful art form, but if you can incorporate messages of social change in that world. Blending those two worlds is what I hope to do.
Who inspires you the most?
My parents. They have completely different careers but they wake up every single day and love what they do. They could work 24/7, not in a bad way, but in a more inspiring way. Because of them, I always felt like I never wanted to settle for a job I didn’t love. My mom is an accountant–she can’t wait to help people with their taxes. My dad is an actor and he loves his job. Also celebrity wise, I love Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones. They both went to Harvard and they’re really successful in the entertainment industry. Growing up I decided to prioritize my education early on before getting in to the entertainment industry.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned so far?
To save a little love for yourself. Work can drain you, relationships can drain you. There has to be this part of yourself that you love unconditionally. I think that’s what I’m learning to do right now.
How’s it been working with your dad on Beat Shazam?
It’s a blast. He has the more energy than anyone you’ll ever meet. Going to set and having that energy, and also feeling super comfortable because I get to work with my dad, is a great environment. I’m so lucky and so blessed. The show is giving away millions of dollars to people who deserve it and who have these amazing stories. You don’t realize you’re changing these people’s lives every single day. It’s the best job.
What is your favorite song right now?
Right now?! I really like the song “Blessed” by Daniel Caesar.
How would you describe your personal style?
Undecided, comfortable, and whatever I want it to be that day.
What’s your most embarrassing style moment?
Anything below age 14. Everyone has an awkward phase, but mine is just google-able. I went on red carpets and you can see my wire-frame glasses, braces, and bushy eyebrows.
What’s your favorite pastime?
I really like to dance. I’ve danced my whole life. I go to dance classes every weekend.
What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?
South Africa. I went with Oprah for the opening of her school. I want to go back so badly.
If you had to choose one quote to live by, what would it be?
There’s nothing to fear but fear itself. I struggle with anxiety so that’s something that really helps me every day.
What are you most excited about in the future?
I’m so excited about all of the avenues of what I’m doing. I do modeling, I do acting, I host a show–it’s so exciting to see what’s going to stick. I’m just embracing the unknown right now, which is exciting. I’m also writing a television show that I’m feeling really good about.
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