Speaking with writer Soraya Joseph, the singer opened up about she often feels like she has to "represent the [black] community," even though there's been some struggle for her re: the industry's toxic tokenism that makes it seem like "there is only room for one [black female artist]."
"There is a Beyoncé, there is a Rihanna, there is Zendaya, there is a Jourdan Dunn," Tinashe said. "There is a black girl in all of these positions and we don't need another one."
"It's just kind of ridiculous because there are like a hundred blonde, white actresses and leading ladies," she went on to say. "There are a hundred rappers that all virtually look the same, sound the same, and dress the same and no one cares. But for some reason, when it comes to young women, they want to pit them against each other. There can't be room [for us all]. There can't be five black girls winning. It's weird."
She also talked about how this mindset contributes to an unnecessarily antagonistic environment for black women who should be "a win for the black community" whether they're light or dark-skinned -- saying "it's not necessarily always perceived as such. It's like 'Oh, she's on the more lighter spectrum, so that is why she wins.'"
Read the interview in full here.