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Poussey Riot

SAMIRA WILEY TELLS CARRIE LYELL ABOUT HER JOURNEY FROM PULLING PINTS TO INTERNATIONAL PRESTIGE, THANKS TO HER ROLE AS POUSSEY WASHINGTON IN ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

SAMIRA WILEY

It seems bizarre now, but this time two years ago, not many people had heard of Orange Is The New Black. In fact, Samira Wiley, one of the show’s breakout stars, was still pulling pints. “I was bartending the entire time we shot season one,” the self-effacing actress says, sounding almost incredulous at the twists and turns her own life has taken.

Three seasons and countless awards later, it’s hard to believe that Samira was changing out of her prison jumpsuit and heading straight from set to her very ordinary day job, but that initial reluctance to give up a steady income is understandable. Netflix was still in its infancy, and no one could have predicted the success Orange was about to enjoy. “No one was looking forward to season one coming out,” Samira laughs. “No one even knew what it was”.

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Welcome to DIVA, Britain’s leading magazine for lesbian, gay, bi and queer women. This free 22-page sampler features some of the best of our recent content and will give you a taste of what you can expect from DIVA. There’s a sexy photoshoot with real lesbian, bi and trans women from our Body Issue, a gorgeous covershoot with Orange Is The New Black star Samira Wiley AKA soft butch sweetheart Poussey, and our first ever doggy-style shoot was a hit with readers (it’s not true what they say about working with dogs, our poochie models were exceptionally well-behaved). Every month we cover politics with a big and a small P, whether that’s Sandi Toksvig’s Women’s Equality Party or the patchy experience of equality for some in our communities, both in the UK and the USA, and we report on the latest research, which reveals that despite the many changes in equality legislation, homophobia still drives some employers’ recruitment decisions. Our January issue predicted 2016’s top 10 LGBT holiday hot spots, from Nepal to Hastings. We also regularly feature cartoonists like Jacky Fleming, whose take on our Everyday Lesbophobia blog humorously outlined the daily macro- and micro-aggressions experienced by many lesbian and bi women. We hope you enjoy our taster; why not take out a digital subscription and see what else we have in store?
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