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Tichina Arnold Is A Glam Goddess In This New Fashion Photo Shoot

Top by Balenciaga. Pants by Halston. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

The Neighborhood star Tichina Arnold has the "It" factor—and these gorgeous new photos are proof!

As Tichina Arnold dives into Season 3 of playing Tina Butler—the vivacious wife of Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer), and mom to their two adult sons—she couldn't be prouder of the work she's done on the platform for change that The Neighborhood has become.

So who would have guessed that on top of it all, she could rock a fashion shoot like nobody's business? We had a hunch, and the proof is here, photographed by Kwaku Alston and styled by Dana Campbell for the November-December 2020 issue of Watch.

Scroll to see all the pretty portraits, and don't miss Tichina Arnold's full interview in latest issue of Watch—available now!

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Playing It Cool

Tichina Arnold in a vibrant vintage dress

Gown, vintage. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

"Once you play a mother you will always be a mother," Tichina tells Watch, referencing her former role on Everybody Hates Chris, but noting this is her first time playing a mother of grown-up sons. Happily, though, "It's television," she says. "And I can be whoever I want to be."

Textural Tapestry

Tichina Arnold sitting on stairs

Dress by Gucci. Sandals by Steve Madden. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

Describing Cedric the Entertainer, aka The Neighborhood's Calvin Butler, as "a wonderful human being" who is both empathic and respectful, Tichina asserts that "the show has that texture to it because he is a good leader."

Platform Perfection

Black and white photo of Tichina Arnold standing on stairs

Dress by Gucci. Sandals by Steve Madden. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

"What I love about being on the show is that we continue communication." — Tichina Arnold

Character Driven

Tichina Arnold in a vibrant vintage dress

Gown, vintage. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

"Everybody's like their characters [in real life]," Tichina Arnold tells Watch in her November-December 2020 cover story, a nod to The Neighborhood's creator Jim Reynolds' vision. But she also appreciates Reynolds' openness to her own take on Tina's MO. "Jim will ask me, 'Tichina, do Black women do this?' And I'll tell him 'abso-friggin-lutely not.' You see her flaws and Cedric makes sure of it."

Bold Choices

Tichina Arnold in a courtyard wearing a vibrant dress

Robe by Camilla and Marc. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

"It's a natural human instinct," Arnold says of the moment earlier this season when some fans were unhappy with the showrunners' choice to address Black Lives Matter. "You don't want to be uncomfortable," she observes. "But it's what we do with our being uncomfortable. I'm happy that we have a platform."

Attitude Of Gratitude

Tichina Arnold on a bed wearing a sparkly dress

Dress by Zadig & Voltaire. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

"I'm grateful that I can be a part of a body of work that understands me as a Black woman in America and that actually displays me as a Black woman in America. We have a long way to go in understanding each other, and The Neighborhood really addresses that." — Tichina Arnold

Story Time

Tichina Arnold wearing a sparkly dress

Dress by Zadig & Voltaire. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

Tichina Arnold tells Watch that she and costar Beth Behrs often share their stories with each other off-camera, and the desire to understand each other's perspectives is more than mutual: "Trust me, I ask questions. You learn till the day you die. That's what matters to me."

Spiritual Being

Black and white photo of Tichina Arnold smiling

Gown, vintage. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

"We came up really staunch Christians," Arnold says of growing up with her now-manager sister Zenay. "Me being in show business," she laughs, "I was kind of the heathen."

As Good As Gold

Tichina Arnold posing on stairs

Dress by Gucci. Sandals by Steve Madden. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

"Cedric's always been such a wonderful human being, and the show has that temperature."— Tichina Arnold

The Natural

Tichina Arnold sitting in a window sill

Robe by Camilla and Marc. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

A natural actor who "did shows for free" in her early life, Arnold tells Watch that didn't change till she moved to L.A. "I was like, 'Omigod, I got to depend upon this?!'" Prior to that moment, she says, "I was just doing what I love doing."

Creative Integrity

Tichina Arnold in a white pants suit

Top by Balenciaga. Pants by Halston. Shoes by Stewart Weitzman. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

"I've been at a point where I didn't have two nickels to rub together, and still I turned down work because I did not believe in what that piece of work was. I didn't want to wake up every day doing that." — Tichina Arnold

Big Moments

Tichina Arnold in a white top

Top by Balenciaga. Pants by Halston. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

"I laugh at moments, not episodes," Arnold says when asked by our writer if she sees herself as having nailed a particular Neighborhood episode. "I don't think I've ever said, Oh, I nailed anything. I'm not interested in watching myself."

Rules Of Engagement

Tichina Arnold in a courtyard wearing a vibrant dress

Robe by Camilla and Marc. Shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti. Jewelry by Dana Campbell.

Photography by Kwaku Alston. Styled by Dana Campbell.

When it comes to managing her substantial social media presence, Tichina Arnold admits she's careful about being misconstrued, and makes sure her followers know when she's joking. "I never have a cocktail and tweet. And if I know that it's really, really socially edgy, I'll ask my sister, 'Should I?'"

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