Keke Palmer gives us all the feels. It's been a busy week for the award-winning multi-hyphenate, as she's fresh off the heels of her keynote conversation at Teen Vogue Summit 2022 and currently gearing up for her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live. Even still, Keke carved out time for an important conversation about mental health with Sad Girls Club founder Elyse Fox, hosted by UGG.
On November 17, the star stopped by UGG's cozy Feel House in Brooklyn, New York for “Feels Like Connection," an intimate dialogue centered around Sad Girls Club’s commitment to destigmatizing mental health for Millennial and Gen Z women, girls, and femmes of color.
Elyse, who later asked the audience to chime in, asked Keke about her top love languages (physical touch and quality time), what she fears the most (stagnancy), what makes her feel most comfortable (getting snug and bingeing feel-good TV like Abbott Elementary) and how she navigates confidence and insecurity. Though she is very much That Girl, Keke shared that she doesn't always feel that way — a “real" and “human” emotion she embraces.
“I don’t always want to have the answer because it doesn’t feel approachable… it doesn’t feel real," Keke told Elyse. “I like knowing that if no one sees it for me then I have to see it for me.”
Before the event, Teen Vogue was able to sit down and chat with Keke about what it means to protect her mental health, how she remains kind to herself, and how she's grown comfortable with self-expression while spending most of her life in the public eye.
Teen Vogue: What is something that you do on a daily basis that protects your mental health?