During the 2013 Essence Black Women of Hollywood event, Kelly Rowland stopped for a candid chat with Eurweb.
On how she learned to embrace her skin tone
You know what I had great women in my life to help me overcome that. I remember I went through a period where I didn’t embrace my chocolatiness. I don’t know if that’s a word, but I didn’t embrace my chocolate lifestyle. Just being a chocolate, lovely brown skin girl and being proud of that. I remember being out in the sun and I was trying to shield myself from the sun and [Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles] said, ‘Are you crazy?’ She said ‘You are absolutely gorgeous’ and she just told me how beautiful I was and how rare chocolate is and how gorgeous the skin is, all of this stuff. And I was just like ‘Yeah!’ Like a light went off and so and my mother had me sitting out in the sun a little more, just to be a little more chocolate.
Her advice to women dealing with insecurities
You just embrace it. You embrace everything that you are as a woman, even your flaws too. And those things that you want to fix too and you work at making them better.
On whether she would consider doing a documentary like Beyonce’s
I would. The funny part is [Beyonce] actually inspired me to talk to my computer because sometimes you do get so lonely and writing in a diary is just…I get tired and it actually puts me into a trance to where I become sleepy. So I am never able to talk those things out. If I did want to go and see a therapist, I don’t have the time to. But it actually helps you to look back and [reflect]. If you look at a day and it’s like five years ago and you can see how far you’ve come. I think that’s important and that’s why [Beyonce] is so strong and knows exactly where she wants to be. So I was like, I’m going to try that. I’m going to try that this month and see what happens.
Read more: Necole Bitchie.com: Kelly Rowland: ‘I Went Through a Period Where I Didn’t Embrace Being A Chocolate, Brown Skin Girl’ http://necolebitchie.com/2013/03/06/kelly-rowland-i-went-through-a-period-where-i-didnt-embrace-being-a-chocolate-brown-skin-girl/#ixzz2Mrbl8qoi