Empire‘s Serayah McNeill Talks Food, Fitness and Her ‘Weird Obsession with Fries’

12/04/2015 at 02:46 PM ET

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From nailing her breakout role in Empire to joining Taylor Swift on extravagant squad vacations, 2015 has been Serayah McNeill‘s year.

The singer-actress has managed to stay grounded and sane thanks to her, well, grounded and sane approach to fitness and eating.

“I’ve been doing hot yoga and go to this place called CorePower Yoga; they have a lot of different locations, and I’m actually loving it more than the gym,” she said in a new interview with The Cut. “I’m usually a gym freak, but yoga gives me a good workout, along with clearing my mind. I try to go a few times a week at least.”

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A “morning bird type of girl,” Serayah starts her day around 8 a.m. with bananas, oatmeal and coffee, but admits she isn’t obsessive about sticking to a regimented eating plan.

“It’s harder for me to stick to a diet because I love food,” she said. “I usually have a hard time saying no. I’m like, ‘Oh, this piece of bread won’t hurt.’ Burger and fries are my favorite.”

Her can’t-live-without snacks? Chocolate. Rocky road ice cream. In-N-Out fries. Chickfil-A waffle fries. (Basically, any type of fries.)

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“I have a weird obsession with fries. I’ll order a meal and ask for fries with it, even if it doesn’t go with my meal.”

As for her general ethos towards health and wellness, she tries to keep it simple: “I think it’s having a clear state of mind. Not only staying healthy, but working out, eating healthy, and having a sense of spirituality.”

With, of course, the occasional order of French fries.

— Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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