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Danai Gurira reveals she is 'daring to hope for racial justice'

Marvel star Danai Gurira has revealed she is ‘daring to hope for racial justice’ in a new magazine interview. 

In a candid chat with the August issue of Women’s Health magazine, the talented actress, 42, also opened up about the importance of self-care for women and how working out makes her feel empowered.

The Walking Dead star posed for a series of stunning beach-themed shots for the publication. 

Life's a beach! Marvel star Danai Gurira has revealed she is 'daring to hope for racial justice' in a new interview with the August issue of Women's Health magazine

Life’s a beach! Marvel star Danai Gurira has revealed she is ‘daring to hope for racial justice’ in a new interview with the August issue of Women’s Health magazine 

Danai teamed a patterned swimsuit with a bright yellow hoodie for the summery shoot, accessorising with a stack of bangles.

In another shot, she showed off her athletic form while running along the beach in a swimsuit and wetsuit. 

Discussing the issue of racism, she said: ‘Concerning the fight for racial justice, a fight that so many have devoted their lives to over so many years, a fight that has stubbornly refused to be won, I’m daring to hope. 

‘This is a moment that could bring about some real change and honour the labour of those who have come before. I desire to help that change come to pass in any way I can. That’s what inspires me to keep going.’ 

Cover star: The Walking Dead actress, 42, posed for a series of stunning beach-themed shots for the publication while discussing 'racial justice'

Cover star: The Walking Dead actress, 42, posed for a series of stunning beach-themed shots for the publication while discussing ‘racial justice’

Powerful: In one shot, Danai showed off her athletic form while running along the beach in a swimsuit and wetsuit

Powerful: In one shot, Danai showed off her athletic form while running along the beach in a swimsuit and wetsuit

Touching on the changes she would like to see, Danai added: ‘We need sustainable reforms. 

‘I’d like to see anti-racism popularised in our culture, our society, language, commonality and ultimately throughout the system. That would allow for true justice to be the norm and not the exception.’

The cover star also said she doesn’t think women are encouraged to understand how powerful their bodies can be.

‘I love it when women find their power. I love it when I find a different ability in my body that I didn’t know I could find or I could learn… 

Opening up: The talented actress said she wanted to see anti-racism popularised in our culture and society

Opening up: The talented actress said she wanted to see anti-racism popularised in our culture and society

‘I always encourage any young women I speak to to explore that part of yourself… Find the thing you enjoy – and it might be lifting weights, it might be boxing.’ 

Danai also raised the subject of self care for women, saying: ‘Self-care is very important. I think it’s crucial, too, and I think it’s also something that sometimes, as women, we have to figure out how to make that so. 

‘Because we’re such givers, we’re nurturers, but we’re just making ourselves our best selves, so we can do the other things even better.’

The Marvel icon opened up about witnessing a sexual assault at the University of Zimbabwe when she was nine years old. 

‘There were some people saying, “Well, she was wearing a short skirt”, things like that and I was outraged… 

Candid: The cover star also said she doesn't think women are encouraged to understand how powerful their bodies can be

Candid: The cover star also said she doesn’t think women are encouraged to understand how powerful their bodies can be








‘I was outraged also because I didn’t have the vocabulary to combat how unfair the assessment of her and her situation and the assault was, how she was somehow being blamed. 

‘And I didn’t have the words to advocate for her, and advocate for how that was wrong.’  

The American-Zimbabwean actress is best known for her starring roles as Michonne in The Walking Dead and as Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

Danai’s next project will see her act as the writer for the upcoming HBO mini-series, Americanah, starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o and Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba.  

Americanah sees a young Nigerian couple contend with the struggles of their lives as they establish different lives in the United States and the United Kingdom. 

Filming was set to begin in the United Kingdom this month, but has been put on hold due to the coronavirus.    

Next project: Danai's next project is upcoming HBO mini-series, Americanah - which will star Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o (pictured together in January)

Next project: Danai’s next project is upcoming HBO mini-series, Americanah – which will star Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (pictured together in January)

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