Fantasia Barrino For ELLE Magazine, Talks ‘The Color Purple’ Movie

Get ready to witness Fantasia’s triumphant return to the screen as Celie in ‘The Color Purple’—but this time, she’s breaking not just chains but also into song and dance. Warner Bros is unleashing this reimagined musical extravaganza on Christmas Day, making it the perfect holiday gift for anyone tired of the usual festive fare of awkward family gatherings and questionable sweater choices.

Directed by the one and only Blitz Bazawule, this film boasts a cast so star-studded that even the Milky Way is feeling a bit insecure. Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Halle Bailey, Ciara, Aunjanue Ellis—you name it, they’ve got it. It’s like the Avengers, but with more vocal runs and fewer capes.

In a recent fashion spread for ELLE’s Women in Hollywood, Fantasia spills the beans on her journey from winning American Idol to becoming a certified sommelier and a fashion sketch artist. Yes, you read that right—she’s not just breaking chains, but also breaking into the world of wine and fashion. Move over, Martha Stewart, there’s a new multi-hyphenate in town.

Reflecting on her Idol victory, Fantasia recalls the night when Ryan Seacrest announced her name and things started breaking off her like a malfunctioning piñata. Bracelets, necklaces, and heels—all casualties of her newfound fame. And let’s not forget her grandmother, her biggest fan, who predicted that chains were breaking off her granddaughter. If only we all had grandmas with such clairvoyant fashion sense.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Fantasia spills the tea on her mentorship with none other than Patti LaBelle. Apparently, Patti is a diva, but not the kind who makes you feel like you need a diva-sized ego to sit at her table. She’s the auntie you always wanted, doling out wisdom and real talk, not just photo-ready perfection.

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Fast forward to ‘The Color Purple,’ where Fantasia not only brings Celie to life but also experiences a healing moment during the picnic scene. In a Zoom call that sounds more dramatic than a season finale, the cast collectively decided they hadn’t quite nailed the emotional depth of the moment. Cue the waterworks, Oprah sending lengthy text messages, and a silence on set that could make a library seem rowdy.

And if that’s not enough, Fantasia is diving headfirst into the business world with her very own wine. But wait, she’s not just slapping her name on a bottle—oh no. She went back to school to get her sommelier certificate, because nothing says expertise like a certified wine connoisseur who can hit high notes with the best of them. Red wine, rosé—Fantasia’s got you covered for all your grape-related needs.

But that’s not the end of her entrepreneurial escapades. Fantasia reveals her secret passion for sketching out gowns, channeling her inner fashionista inspired by the elegant robes and gowns of yesteryear. Move over, Project Runway; we’ve got Fantasia’s runway, where every design comes with a side of soulful vocals.

So, buckle up for a Fantasia-filled holiday season, complete with breaking chains, breaking into the wine market, and breaking the mold of what it means to be a multi-talented powerhouse. It’s Fantasia’s world, and we’re all just living in it, with a glass of her wine in one hand and a sketch of her latest gown in the other. Cheers to the queen of breaking barriers and popping bottles!

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