Vixen Chat: Teyonah Parris Talks ‘Mad Men,’ Embarrassing First Impression and Natural Hair


Seeing a Black woman on television is nothing new, but watching a brown beauty navigate through the Mad Men mix is an exciting event.

Teyonah Parris just so happens to be that breath of fresh air.

Playing Dawn Chambers, Don Draper’s new secretary, Parris is a gleaming representative of the era’s racial tensions. Prior to her character’s arrival, the show’s penmen kept civil rights issues at a dull whisper. Now, however, the talks are loud as Chambers outs the prejudices that her fellow agency dwellers didn’t even know they had. (See: “Mystery Date”)

Vixen chatted with the ad agency’s cocoa cohort to talk her new role, her most embarrassing moment on set and how she tames her natural mane on a daily basis.