With nearly 14 million Instagram followers, Anthony is keenly aware that people are watching how she presents herself in this world. “I feel like it’s my duty to do good,” she says. “Growing up a certain way and seeing people struggle, and now being in a position to actually help those that may be struggling and help them have hope, is very important to me. It’s my driving force.”
This do-good mentality even extends to her newish beauty line, Inala. After experimenting with rice-water-based hair treatments during the pandemic, she created a suite of products made of Rice Water Complex that contribute to scalp and hair health. “When people feel good about their hair, their outlook on life is different, they feel more confident,” says Anthony. “That, to me, is a measure of success more than anything else.”
Besides keeping her work as the founder of Inala going, Anthony is planning to hit the red carpets again soon for her upcoming projects. First is Netflix’s The Perfect Find alongside Gabrielle Union. Anthony plays Union’s good friend who warns her about dating a much younger man. “All that is so relatable to what’s happening in the dating [world] right now,” says Anthony. “Especially when you’re at a point in your life where you might be out of a marriage and starting over. You just see so many things on the dating front.” The next release will be a supporting role in the rom-com Your People starring Eddie Murphy, Jonah Hill, Julia Louis Dreyfus and Nia Long. In January, Anthony can be seen on season two of BMF as another badass character, Markaisha Taylor, teaming up again with 50 Cent who is the executive producer of the Starz series.
Ask her what her downtime looks like and Anthony admits that she’s not a “spa day” type. The thing that brings her the most joy is hanging with Kiyan whenever she can, and especially attending his basketball games. Lending Kiyan her support is always fun for Anthony, but lending him her diamond jewelry? Not so much. Even a super mama like Anthony has her limits.
“My son’s ears are pierced, so sometimes I find him trying to take my [stud] earrings,” she says with a laugh. “These are not earrings to just play around with, you know what I mean?”