The actor and internet personality sat down with Issa Rae to talk dreams beyond acting and inspiring the next generation.

keke cover winter 2022
keke cover winter 2022

“I want the kids to understand that’s what it takes. I need them to understand that there’s more than just being the person in front of the camera and, yes, when you want to get stuff done, you have to be the one to do it. So I’d love to explore even more, having the possibility to train, do writing camps or teach kids about production so they know that there’s other jobs out there in the entertainment industry that don’t involve them being a workhorse. I say that as kindly as I can because I am one of those workhorses. I’ve been working for 20 years and I love it but I don’t necessarily want that to be the path that everybody has got to take. I want the next generation to be able to understand how to make a difference, how to make an impact and how to be influential behind-the-scenes and in these other positions of power rather than just being someone that people look at to make them laugh, or to make them cry, or to make them feel something. Then the other side of that is also, you know, all the original Intellectual Property that we have the opportunity to create here. Ultimately, KeyTV is driven by EDE, which is entertainment, democratisation and education – that’s what we want to bring.”

Riding the wave of Director Jordan Peele’s Nope, the actor and internet personality has set her sights on making an even bigger impact behind-the-scenes with the launch of her digital platform, KeyTV. Covering our Winter 22 issue, she has a kiki with Issa Rae to tell us why she launched her new project and how she dreams of starting her own family.


Keke Palmer wears
Louis Vuitton
Max Montgomery
Toni Blaze Ibekwe
Issa Rae
Miles Jeffries
Jordana David
Editorial Director
Huw Gwyther
Ella Bardsley
Art Director
Livia Vourlakidou and Aparna Aji
Production Director
Ben Crank
Production Assistant
Isabella Coleman
Photography Assistant
Alex Moura
Styling Assistant
Yasmin Williams