Quote of the Day: “I Didn’t Want to Be a Chocolate Girl”

- By Bossip Staff Categories: News, Quote of The Day


Not to place all of the blame for Kelly’s low self-esteem on Bey and her camp but we can definitely imagine that the spotlight always shining on Bey’s bright @ss didn’t help much.

Kelly Rowland had a difficult time at school because she suffered an “identity crisis” as she was growing up.

The former Destiny’s Child star was raised in Houston, Texas and was the only black girl in her class. The singer admits she found herself longing to fit in with her peers, and even dreamed of lightening her skin color.

She tells Britain’s Heat magazine, “There’s so much peer pressure, growing up I had an identity crisis – I went to a school that was predominantly white and I was the only black girl. I 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.”

Rowland credits her band mate Beyonce mother, Tina Knowles, for helping to restore her confidence. She says, “She 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.”

The singer finally shook off her insecurities as she reached adulthood, and the experience encouraged her to work with charities to help young women boost their self-esteem.

She adds, “When I got older, I embraced who I am as a woman. I look in the mirror and I’m like, ‘I like Kelly. Kelly’s not so bad.’ I think that it’s important to instill that in our girls, to know that they posses something special and that everybody’s not supposed to be the same.”

Poor Kelly didn’t like being chocolate brown growing up. Glad she didn’t go the Michael Jackson route and end up looking like a freakshow



  • Jade Silver (the truth shall set you free)

    Love thyself.

  • brooklyn kid

    she is a beautiful woman

  • lady

    I am glad she was able to embrace her beauty because she is very lovely…but let’s be honest the music industry now is very shallow and if Kelly where a few shades lighter she would probably be more sucessful…it’s sad but true.

  • Allison Mae

    by the way, i don’t think kelly is beautiful, i think she’s beyond it!!!

  • upeople

    Whoa with the insult to Mike at the end.

    Kelly is gorgeous.

  • Jupiter_Butterfly

    shes beautiful the way she is.

  • saucefry

    It’s a shame she has a “weak mind”, she did not get that from Beyonce. Getting a t!t job and not being satisfied with your body, is a mental issue.

  • michelle

    um… michael isn’t a freak show! he had vitiligo. so he couldn’t control it. who the hell would bleach their self white if they new all the uneccessary drama and attention he brought especially as a big time celebrity like him.

  • Jay the Real One

    Can they please sing another tune? Boo hoo I wanna be white smdh


    Kelly felt like most chocolate girls have felt at one time or another. She was being honest and you have to appreciate that most people are insecure and never get confidence.

  • NIK

    I don’t understand why people have a twisted belief that darker skin is less attractive? We have women bleaching thier skin to feel more beautiful?? I’m a light skinned women but I’ve seen stunning chocolate women! The darker the berry the sweeter the juice right?

  • Nique


    Who is that in your gravie??

  • Choc

    She is such a beautiful girl. It is sad but true that so much emphasis is put on the complexion of women in our community. Why can’t we celebrate our complexion range from cocoa to cream. It really is a beautiful thing.

  • NIK

    I mean look at Tiny!!!! WOOF!
    LOL LOL LOL NO YOU DIDN’T!!! Does she have a speech impediment???

  • Tabby

    @ NIK

    My response always was WHAT ARE YOU SAYING DARKSKIN WOMEN ARE BEAUTIFUL. I have yet to hear a man answer that question.

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