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.
«There’s so much peer pressure growing up, I had an identity crisis. I went to a predominantly white school and I was the only black girl. I can remember thinking: ‘I don’t want to be as dark as I am – I want to be a little fairer.’ I didn’t want to be me…Tina sat me in front of the mirror and said: ‘Girl, look at how pretty you are.’ She made me feel comfortable in my own skin.»
- Kelly Rowland on past issues with her complexion; Runway Magazine
When I first made this blog, I was just trying to find as many brown/darker skinned girls as possible and follow them..
At times it was confusing because of the brightness of the pictures or the way they were altered..
One girl I had followed commented on a picture I posted of Kelly Rowland on the cover of Vibe magazine, but had seemed to be brightened & I said that I thought so..
She said “yea why did they do this?.. one of the beautiful darker females..”
I was taken aback like- 1. aren’t you brown too? & 2. PLENTY of dark skinned women are beautiful. she seemed like -for lack of a better word- a “hater” so I asked her if she was brown skinned .
She said that she didn’t know what brown skin was, that she doesn’t define her skin tone & that people call her light skinned or redbone. All I could do was chuckle to myself!
*I COULD BE WRONG, but if you saw this girls pictures , you would swear she was brown skinned, some just look hella bright, and some are clearly brown , but hey! you can’t “claim” someone who doesnt wanna be claimed right?
It’s just sad & funny that the comment she made was the tip-off.
THEN she had the nerve to reblog the BLACKGIRLPROBLEMS #121 “Thinking you’re the shit while you’re listening to a rap song that’s talking about pretty girls then hearing the phrase yellow bone and realizing they were’nt talking about you” -_-
I’m soo confused!!!:(
Kelly Rowland covers Vibe magazine! But why is she so bright?