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Keke Palmer Talks Using Social Media To Level Up Your Coins

Keke broke down the secret behind her 17-year grind, and according to her, it starts and ends with authenticity.

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If you blinked, you might have mistakenly missed Keke Palmer's epic career glow up. As an entertainer who started her career at only 9-years-old, it's safe to say that Keke isn't new to this multi-hyphenate hustling sh*t, she's true to it. In a recent interview with Harper's Bazaar, Keke broke down the secret behind her 17-year grind, and according to her, it starts and ends with authenticity. She told the publication:

"I feel like I'm a very open person in general, so people wouldn't even know what I'm being private about. I'm open especially when I feel like it can be useful for someone else. But I'm truly just the kind of person who follows what feels natural."

Last year, the Sara, Strahan, and Keke host was the star of a number of viral memes that only catapulted the young star further into the spotlight, and according to Keke, she owes all of the credit to social media:

"I honestly give credit to Twitter. It was like a perfect little sound bite that people could add to a million different stories. That's why I say our generation inspires me so much. The voice. The creativity. I mean, it's masterful. They gave it life."

Keke told Harper's Bazaar that while last year may have been quite a ride for her professionally, she's only getting started. The star explained that while a viral moment on Instagram may be fleeting, leveling up your meme game may be the secret to securing a bag:

"I think last year was the year of You the Boss. Like, putting myself in a position of ownership."
"I see memes as, like, a real way to feel seen. I know that sounds dramatic, but to me, memes are almost like our generation's version of the comic strips in the newspaper. Not only do you get laughter, but you feel like, 'I'm not alone. Someone feels the same way. Someone understands.' It's a brief moment where you feel a communal connection to a concept. Sometimes when I'm in a bad mood or if I'm feeling an emotion, I'll put the word in, and I'll add meme, and I just read all of them to make myself feel better."

Although the 26-year-old Singled Out host says that she is an open book who is always down for a good read, Keke says there's one thing she won't post on the 'gram:

"I don't really do relationship stuff online, mainly because I don't know how I would do it without looking, like, cheesy or something, you know? Yes, I'm a hundred percent authentic, but there is stuff that I do save for family and friends. I do have a Finsta. Sometimes I forget to post on there, 'cause I do post a lot of real moments and raw moments on my main Instagram page. But at the same time, when it comes to romance, [posting about it] doesn't really come naturally to me, so I feel like, why force it?"

To read Keke's full interview, click here!

Featured image by Keke Palmer/Instagram

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