Kelly Rowland: My Beauty Icon is Oprah Winfrey
Women are naturally very self conscious about their looks. As a result, we tend to think that makeup, weaves, cosmetic surgery, etc. will help make us more beautiful – whatever that means. But what is the true definition of beauty? Singer Kelly Rowland, who’s currently enjoying the top spot on the R&B charts with her new single Motivation, hasn’t been exempt from feeling unworthy. She recently opened up about self love as a guest editor for Essence.com, while discussing her journey of lows and highs in beauty and what really makes her feel beautiful.
On not feeling beautiful
It took a long while for me to know that I’m beautiful. I remember going through this phase when I was younger of wanting to pass by mirrors and not look at them. That was so ridiculous. I’ve learned now that beauty starts from within. If you don’t know your worth, if you don’t know your value, if you don’t know how fantabulous you are — it’s going to be hard for other people to see it. Being appreciative of self, is beauty to me.
On what makes her feel beautiful
What makes me feel really beautiful is when I wake up and my skin is acting right [laughs] and I have a really great workout. When those days come, remember you deserve them because you work so hard.
On her beauty icon
One my beauty icons is Oprah Winfrey. I love that fact that she’s so comfortable with herself. One of my favorite episodes of her show was when she showed millions of people how she woke up in the morning with no makeup on. That was so selfless and revealing. She’s very real and genuine and I love that. Halle Berry is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. Same thing with Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson — especially as a kid because they have brown skin like me. I remember looking at magazines and television and seeing someone that looked like me and seeing a piece of myself in them.
On what she’s learned
What I’ve learned is, take better care of yourself. When you make the decision to do that — that’s a step toward reinvention because you probably need it and in that moment, you deserve it.
On makeup brands she uses
I had the most fun with MAC makeup. I remember going into the stores and just trying on all these colors. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara, I bought it and fell in love, because honestly, to this day I still don’t know how to glue eyelashes.
The makeup lines I really love right now are Scott Barnes and Bobbi Brown; Scott Barnes’ concealer and Bobbi Brown’s foundation. I remember going to that counter for the first time and going “OMG, it’s so awesome to find my skin color.”