Vanessa Williams has been serving realness since the 1980s. Don’t believe us— watch this iconic throwback moment. We love her for her acting and singing, but we also love the mother of four for her unabashed ability to shine in any circumstance. She’s a tough one who keeps it real. 

So when we found out that she was a spokesperson for Clear Eyes, we had no doubt she was backing the No. 1 brand of eye drops for a good reason. 

“As an actress, I’ve spent hours on stage under bright lights, reading scripts, sending emails and traveling on airplanes – all conditions that make my eyes feel dry and irritated,” she told ESSENCE. “As a result, I always keep Clear Eyes drops with me, so I can immediately soothe and moisturize my eyes, providing instant and long-lasting relief from dryness and redness. I believe it’s important to use my influence for a good cause, helping to reach millions of consumers who suffer from eye irritation, which made working with Clear Eyes feel like a natural fit.”

Adding, “I was first approached by the brand to become a spokeswoman after they saw me work with The Eye-Bank, an organization through which my family donated my father’s corneas after he passed away, and the partnership made sense on so many levels, as health and beauty are hugely important to me.”

Williams is currently working with the brand on their My Shining Moment campaign, dedicated to celebrating the moments in life when people look and feel their best, with clear and comfortable eyes – the moments when they truly shine.

“Most people don’t realize how important eye care is, but as we get older, our eyes produce fewer tears, so incorporating eye drops into my routine has really helped relieve irritation,” Williams said. “I try to be mindful of this – I start every day by using Clear Eyes eye drops, which are great for moisturizing, and help me to start each morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.”

Speaking of seeing clearly, Williams who remarried for the third time in 2015, knows a few things about the beauty of getting older and wiser. 

“I am happy for my journey – I am right where I am supposed to be – and I’m looking forward to where I’m going in the future,” the 54-year-old shared. 

“As I grow older, I feel like my authentic self has been able to shine through more and more, and people can see that. That’s a lesson I’m trying to impart to my own children, as well as to people who are younger and looking for guidance. No matter what happens in your life, the dust will settle and people will truly get a chance to see who you really are.”