In a conversation with Teen Vogue, Angel Reese who is originally from Maryland gave some insight on what it has been like to move from student athlete to public figure.
Reflecting on this shift, Reese said she was shocked to find herself featured on outlets like Shade Room whenever she shares something.
“I don’t feel like I’m a celebrity, but I think a lot of people look at me as a celebrity now because of the impact I’ve had on not just women’s basketball, but sports in general, and Black women. Things have changed for me.”
With that said, Angel has opted for online classes as she enters her senior year of LSU.
According to Vibe she plans to enter the 2024 WNBA Draft after her and the Tigers defend their national title this upcoming season.
She is currently projected as the No. 2 pick in next year’s WNBA Draft, behind University of Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, whose team fell to Reese and the Tigers in the national championship game.
But school comes first!
School’s first, basketball is next,” she says. “I wouldn’t be here without school and basketball, so that’s my priority.”
In addition to going into the WNBA, she hopes to earn enough to help her mother retire. “My mom is my rock,” she says. “Everything I do is just for her and my brother.”
About social media
Even her approach to social media has changed, she said:
“Now I get on social media, I post, and I get off,” she said of her time spent on apps. “Mentally, sometimes, I do need to just take a break, have some time to myself and enjoy the moment and enjoy life. I had to learn that maybe a month after we won the national championship.”
“Everything I post on my Instagram or TikTok is stuff that I actually like or stuff I like to eat or stuff I like to do or wear,” she says. “All money isn’t good money. I had to realize that early on.” When she splurges, it’s usually on handbags, extending to her off-court wardrobe of crop tops, miniskirts, and sneakers. “Whatever outfit [I’m] wearing, I want to wear sneakers.”
Angel Reese Photographed by me for Teen Vogue
on film ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ivoa9ukp0z
— Ally Green ? (@Vintageasoul) August 23, 2023
Mind you this school had Joe Burrow, Shaquille O’Neal Jamar Chase and Justin Jefferson. Honey Badger Big Baby Davis Tyrus Thomas and Shacarri Richardson. But Angel Reese is too famous to go to class. https://t.co/KMNKOLXS1h
— Gregory Parchment (@GregParchment) August 24, 2023
Charlamagne really asked what changed for Angel Reese to decide to do online classes. Is he crazy?! This girl is PAID and super famous. At the very least, she made the best decision for her safety.
— Nik, LCSW (@NikTheTherapist) August 25, 2023
But Angel Reese has to take online classes because she’s constantly bombarded walking around campus ?
— Wink.Marvil (@WinkMarvel) August 28, 2023
I hated the one online class I had in college and Angel Reese taking all her classes online ?
— Rich Ωue ?⚾️ The Equalizer? (@iBaseball_1) August 26, 2023
I can see that. What other college athletes y’all think went through this? https://t.co/IiVgOpG9Xi
— Calvin Milliner (@Calvin_Milliner) August 24, 2023