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Rolling Out magazine had perfect timing with the selection of their latest cover girl Tika Sumpter

The much anticipated Sparkle hits the silver screen today and as one of the Sparkle sisters, the former Gossip Girl has proved she has the “it” factor to be the next big thing.

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Tika has been endlessly nailing red carpet looks, and now she has perfected an entire shoot.

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Check out some excerpts from the interview below:  

On what she has learned about herself in the industry: 

Well, I know that I’m enough, and that I have something to offer the world. I guess now that I’ve grown up and gotten a little older, I know what I want, and I know what I want in a mate and I’m able to say it.  I’m not one to beat around the bush anymore. There was a time when I was so concerned about hurting people’s feelings, but it’s not that way anymore. While I still care about people’s feelings, I understand the importance of being able to express exactly what I want, and exactly how I’m feeling.

What she wants people to learn about her:

I just hope that they are able to get the essence of who I am as a woman. I’ve worked really hard to be where I’m at today, and I still have a long way to go. But from this experience, I hope they see a person who works hard, but still appreciates the little things in life. I really enjoyed this experience, and I hope that comes across in this piece. I’m excited.

On the perfect date: 

My perfect date is just a guy that takes control and plans everything. I have to plan so much in my own life, so I wouldn’t want the responsibility of planning something fun. So I’m down for mostly anything, but a nice dinner or bowling would be great. I just like something fun that I don’t have to plan.

Be sure to head over to to check out the full interview, and check out Sparkle in theaters today.