India Love
Inked|January 2019
India Love

The 22-year-old Rising Hip Hop Star Talks will.i.am, Instagram and Family.

Devon Preston

At just 22 years of age, India Love has already accomplished more than most could hope for in their lifetime. She began her career as an influencer, amassing a staggering 3.7 million followers on Instagram and earning her very own television show on BET. Since then, she’s made her debut as a hip hop artist under will.i.am’s personal mentorship. And while Love has both fame and followers, she’s managed to stay grounded and uses her platform to spread the messages of self-love and Black girl magic. We caught up with Love at will’s Los Feliz studio to learn how the phrase “God’s Will” has made a monumental impact on both her personal and professional lives.

Where did your career as an influencer begin and what was your kind of earliest claim to fame online?

My earliest claim to fame online would be my Tumblr days. I would just go to grocery stores and take all of the bags of chips off the shelf, then take pictures with them. I felt like people would think that’s creative and it started there. People really started gravitating toward me and relating to a lot of the things that I posted. I was just taking it with a grain of salt because I didn’t know how much influence I really had. But knowing how much influence I have now, I would.

How do you think that your persona online changed over time?

I think it changed dramatically over time, because it all came through life experiences, learning different lessons and growing through things that I didn’t even know I had to go through. Just being a young lady in this industry, having the spotlight on me was very hard. All of my mistakes and all the things I was going through were put under a microscope unlike a regular girl my age.

What was your first tattoo and how was it received by your family?

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January 2019