Introducing The Cover Star of ELLE's April Issue - Precious Lee
Lee grew up in Atlanta, the child of two creative parents. Her mother, Anita, is a teacher, and her father, Rudy, is a cosmetologist and businessman who owned hair salons, among other companies. Both of them radiated glamour. Their home was distinctive, too. “We had pink carpet. My childhood bed was like a California king round bed; it had this custom red velvet tufted headboard. My older sister Charisma had a waterbed,” Lee says. “One of my favorite rooms in the house was this funky living room we had, and it was all white. It had this mirrored bar.”
But when Lee was young, Charisma died in a car accident. Lee was devastated, and became the only child at home; she had looked up to Charisma, who was in high school when she died, and with whom she would write and perform raps. “It was so much pain at that age from losing the brightest light,” Lee says.
“I leaned into understanding and knowing like, ‘I know my power. You may not know my power yet. I don’t have to force you to see. You’re going to see it.’”
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