TDR SPOTLIGHT: Kelly Rowland Steps Into Her OwnMar 11
The singing beauty, most know for rocking magazine covers and stages with her Destiny’s Child bandmates, Beyonce and Michelle Williams, has finally stepped into her own within the last few years. Check inside The Dark Room and find out why Kelly Rowland is finally getting her due respect.
Kelly Rowland— nicely toned, tastefully sexy, and coated with beautiful dark skin; has finally embraced her “chocolatyness” and views herself the way that her fans always have. The question is; why did she even have this type of struggle? In an interview at ESSENCE’s Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon, the singer explained how she attended a predominately white school where she found herself to be the only black. Leaving her with the feeling of wanting to have lighter skin in order to be accepted or to feel validated in some way. Sadly, this is the struggle of many African American women today. Furthermore, this issue is not only fueled from wanting to be accepted within the white community, but also within the black community.
Let’s recall the days of slavery where black women with “fair skin”, were actually treated much better than black women with darker skin. A “fair skinned” black woman was associated with not having to do hard field labor and was subjected to do light labor around the “big house” like cooking, cleaning or raising the children of the mistress. In essence, a “fair skinned” black woman was treated as superior to slaves of a darker skin tone. That very same concept has rolled over to present day; however, it’s not as concrete as it was years ago. With the help of modern day entertainers such as Gabrielle Union, Naomi Campbell, Alex Wek and yes, even Kelly Rowland herself, now-a-days, dark skinned women are more prized for their beauty and skin tones. This struggle is a reminder of the issues between relaxed hair and natural hair that goes on within the black community.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar made headlines last week when he arrived to the set of his music video for his hit single, “Poetic Justice”, to find a fair skinned model casted for the lead role. To any other rapper or hip hop star, this would be acceptable, but for Lamar it was not. He quickly sent the beauty home only to find a model of a darker complexion to play his love interest in the video. With many thinking with the same mindset as that of the casting directors for Lamar’s video, one would completely understand why Rowland could have grew up with the state of mind she has recently confessed.
During Rowland’s interview with CNikky.com, she opens up on how she was able to get over her negative views with her skin color. Noting Tina Knowles, Beyonce’s mom, as the person who sat her down and talked with her after she noticed Kelly trying to shade herself from the sun, for fear of getting darker. Moreover, she says that this talk is what helped her to embrace her beautiful brown skin tone.
The issue with colourism goes outside the African American culture. It is an issue that is syndicated around the world. Some Latin, Indian and Brazilian women with darker skin face the same struggle with having their skin tone being accepted within their own.
If you have been anywhere near a television or radio within the last couple of years, one thing is clear, Kelly Rowland is a hot commodity. From the 2010 debut of her hit single, “Motivation”, which sold over one million copies, to hosting the red carpet at the 2013 Oscars, it seems as if people are finally showing Rowland the recognition she has always deserved. The world has fallen in love with Kelly because she finally fell in love with herself.