Kelly Rowland Speaks On Beauty, “It took a long while for me to know that I’m beautiful.”

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No matter how many times someone told you that you weren’t beautiful or no matter how many times you felt too skinny, too fat too dark, too light or just uncomfortable with your looks; I (Don Bleek) will like to tell you that you’re beautiful on the inside and outside. Platinum-selling singer Kelly Rowland used to walk pass mirrors and didn’t want to look in them because she wasn’t comfortable with her beauty. In a blog posted on Essence.Com, Kelly opened up about personal beauty, her beauty icons and what makes her feel beautiful. Below are some excerpts:

On Her personal beauty

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.

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 Oprah Winfrey being 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 nomakeup 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.

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