Danielle Brooks: What’s in My Bag?

Danielle Brooks
Shana Novak

Brooklynite Danielle Brooks regularly gets approached on the street. “My JumpFromPaper book bag looks like it’s 2-D,” says the star of Orange Is the New Black (season 4 is now streaming on Netflix). “People stop me all the time and want to touch it.” The single actress, also starring on Broadway in the 2016 Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple, let Us Weekly rummage through her bag.


Fresh Hair

“I’m not bald! But I have to wear my character wig for Color Purple, so when I leave the show I want to look presentable. It’s easy just to throw on a wig from my aunt’s line, Bloomin Redd, and go.”


That’s a Wrap

“I went to Tanzania a few years ago and got this blanket from the Maasai tribe. It’s very light but so warm, and I take it on planes with me.”

Wise Words

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F‑‑k, by Sarah Knight is making me do some personal work. Sometimes I overthink and get overwhelmed by being a people pleaser, so I forget to put myself first. I’m trying to spend time with friends and take moments for myself.”

Rock Star

Selenis [Leyva], who plays Gloria on Orange, gave me this little pink heart stone after season 3. I think it has good energy, good juju.”





Danielle Brooks
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Also in Brooks’ JumpFromPaper book bag? A white iPhone 5 in a black Christian Siriano case, an iPad air, Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama, Sabon Delicate Jasmine hand cream, Lauren Napier facial cleansing wipes, a Duane Reade rewards club card, a New York Public Library card, Cargo foundation in two shades: F90 & F100, Mac Haute & Naughty Lash mascara, a bottle of Voss water, a satin wig holder, a black beanie, a black leather snapback hat, Emergen-C, Dita Midnight Special sunglasses, a Barnes & Noble brown leather journal with imprinted flowers, a pack of Extra’s Sweet Watermelon gum, a Sabon card, a Renew Regal spa card, a Metrocard, an orange carabiner, a purple business card holder imprinted with a peacock, a Godiva Chocolate Rewards Club card and Aveeno makeup remover wipes.


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