The Instagram poet/artist won over the hearts of America with her inspiring book, "Heart Talk", which gained her worldwide recognition. Now Cleo is partnering up with fashion brand Lou and Grey for their #GirlsTalkReal initiative and working on an inspiring project with Reese Witherspoon.
We talked with Cleo about the importance of working with female-positive brands, the success of Heart Talk and what it's like working with Reese.
AOL: Why did you feel like 'Heart Talk' needed to be written for the world?
CW: I asked myself what type of tool I really needed but felt wasn’t in the world yet. I felt I really needed a book that felt like a friend or a warm blanket on a cold night, so I wanted to create that.
What was it like for you to experience the success of 'Heart Talk?' Did you know it would be this big?
I am just so grateful for all of the amazing people I have gotten to meet from putting Heart Talk in the world. I feel so lucky that as I travel around the world each of them gifts me with stories from their lives. I truly treasure that part the most.
From Olivia Culpo to Reese Witherspoon and so many more, you've received tons of support (especially on social media) from females. Why is it important for females to see that women actually can support other women?
It is important that young women see examples of women supporting each other and rooting for each other rather than old archaic examples of us competing with each other or comparing ourselves to one another. The more they see us celebrating each other, the more they know how to do it with the other young women around them.
Can you tell us about your new series "Shine on with Reese" and how that came about?
Reese created an incredible show highlighting how a diverse group of women live their lives and get their work done. I am really proud I was able to participate in an episode with one of my best girlfriends Elaine Welteroth.
Why is it important for you to continue to partner up with female-positive brands such as Lou & Grey and OKREAL?
People, especially young women, really need spaces to feel free and safe to be themselves. I am so proud of brands like Lou & Grey and OKREAL who see that and work to create spaces to support their growth and inspire them.
Cleo Wade at the Girls Talk Real” series on Friday, September 21 at the Lou & Grey Flatiron store.
(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lou & Grey)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Poet Cleo Wade speaks onstage during 'Heart Talk With Cleo Wade' on day 2 of POPSUGAR Play/Ground on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for POPSUGAR Play/Ground)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 06: Cleo Wade attends the AT&T and Hello Sunshine launch celebration of 'Shine On With Reese' and 'Master The Mess' at NeueHouse Hollywood on August 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for AT&T)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Cleo Wade attends day 2 of POPSUGAR Play/Ground on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for POPSUGAR Play/Ground)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Cleo Wade attends the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Cleo Wade attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Poet/author Cleo Wadeï¿½isits Build Series to discuss ï¿½eart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Lifeï¿½at Build Studio on March 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Poet/author Cleo Wadeï¿½L) visits Build Series to discuss ï¿½eart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Lifeï¿½at Build Studio on March 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Cleo Wade (L) and Elaine Welteroth attends a Chanel Party to celebrate the Chanel Beauty House and @WELOVECOCO at Chanel Beauty House on February 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: Cleo Wade attends TRIBE BUILDING 2.0: Engaging a Conscious Community Online & IRL during SXSW at Austin Convention Center on March 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Steve Rogers Photography/Getty Images for SXSW)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Cleo Wade speaks onstage during The 2018 MAKERS Conference at NeueHouse Hollywood on February 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for MAKERS)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Cleo Wade attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Cleo Wade attends 2017 Glamour International Day Of The Girl Rally at Merkin Concert Hall on October 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Elaine Welteroth (L) and Cleo Wade speak onstage during the Coalition Against Trafficking In Women's 2017 Gala, Game Change: A Night Of Celebration at Tribeca Rooftop on October 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Coalition Against Trafficking in Women)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Cleo Wade attends Susan Chokachi and Linda Fargo host a private dinner to introduce Gucci Decor at BG Restaurant, Bergdorf Goodman on September 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for Gucci)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Cleo Wade speaks onstage at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival )
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Cleo Wade attends the Whitney Museum's annual Spring Gala and Studio Party 2017 sponsored by Audi and Michael Kors on May 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Cleo Wade attends Ms. Foundation for Women 2017 Gloria Awards at Capitale on May 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 03: Cleo Wade attends Vogue Celebrates The Launch of LIFEWTR at Super Bowl LI on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Vogue)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: Artist Cleo Wade attends Rebecca Taylor x Shopbop Denim Launch Dinner at The Waverly Inn on August 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Cleo Wade attends the 10th Annual Delete Blood Cancer DKMS Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on May 05, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 14: Cleo Wade attends the Misha Nonoo X Amber Venz Box Dinner on February 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Cleo Wade attends the Diesel Madison Avenue Flagship Party at Academy Mansion on February 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Cleo Wade attends Ferragamo Presents: Gancio Studios, Celebrating 100 Years In Hollywood at Gancio Studios on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)