Meet Our 2016 Fresh Faces

From dominating social media to fronting fashion campaigns to killing it on screen and on tour, can our new class of Fresh Faces cover stars get any more major? Count on it.

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It's Marie Claire's third-annual May Fresh Faces issue, our spotlight on some of the most exciting up-and-coming talents today. Here, and being fêted at our Fresh Faces party at Los Angeles' Sunset Tower hotel tonight, five women who are changing the game.

On learning more details surrounding her dad's transition along with the rest of the world in his Diane Sawyer interview: "I've always known. It was a secret we just couldn't talk about."

On her ability to influence others and have fun with it: "I started wigs, and now everyone is wearing wigs. Kim [Kardashian] just used my wig guy last night...I just do whatever I want to do, and people will follow." 

On posting photos on social media: "When I post sexy photos, I always regret it. Like, Oh my God, everyone is seeing my body. I get really weird about it."

On why she returned to Disney: "A big reason why I wanted to come back to Disney is because I saw a lack of diversity on the channel.  To see a black family, to see a young girl with these adorable Afro puffs…little things like that are so important."

On going to the Grammys after-party with her dad and New York Giant, Odell Beckham Jr.: "If a guy can handle my dad the first time, then he's worth giving my time to. If he can't, then I might as well not waste my time.  Just because they're in the NFL doesn't mean they get a pass."

On not worrying about what other people think: "I wore a freaking mullet to the Grammys. I felt like I was killing it. And I was. That's all that should matter when you step out."

On dating Justin Bieber: "I don't want attention out of dating somebody. Texts started coming through, crazy phone calls...it's hard to date somebody in this industry. You have to have really thick skin and be very strong. You have to focus on the person and nothing else." 

On her feelings: "I'm the type of person where I let things slide. I push it to the side. And then finally explode every so often, but by myself. I've been in situations with friends [when] someone will have said something that really hurt my feelings, so I sit there choking tears back."

On teaching herself guitar by listening to her favorite performers: "I loved Pearl Jam…and of course, Björk, my all time hero. [But] It wasn't like I was going to become a famous singer—that didn't ever seem like a reality or an option."

On being a star: "I don't feel like I'm a very good pop star.  I can be painfully shy, and I don't really talk much between songs. I don't feel like I'm a natural performer."

On other acting roles she would love to take on: "I've always had Cleopatra on my list. I'd also love to play Rosa Parks.  There's definitely a story about her to be told."

On Will and Jada Pinkett Smith speaking out on the lack of diversity at the Oscars: "[They took] A very brave stand." But she points out, "That's the end of the race. The root of it is about having many, many stories told and having the people who hold he purse strings tell diverse and inclusive stories.  It's got to go back to how films get green-lit in the first place."

On shying away from the spotlight and social media: "Call me old-fashioned, but if there were ever a massive volcanic eruption like there was in Pompeii and, hundreds of years later, people looked at us as a species with our selfie sticks, they would think, God were we the most narcissistic culture ever?"

To see the full story, pick up our May issue on newsstands April 19. And for a little more behind-the-scenes action to hold you over, see all the Fresh Faces at their cover shoot here:

Featured music in behind-the-scenes videos: Favored Nations - I Can See You (NTEIBINT Remix), courtesy of etcetc Music

Featured music in the "Before They Were Fresh Faces" video: PACES - 1993 (No Chill) feat. Jess Kent, courtesy of etcetc Music

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