The absolutely gorgeous Kelly Rowland recently opened up about her struggles with colorism and european standards of beauty.

She was once ashamed of her complexion; even afraid to be out in the sun too long for fear of getting darker.

Over time – and with the help of Tina Knowles – she came to embrace her color, and realized that beauty comes in all shades.

From Clutch Mag:

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.



Hopefully Kelly Rowland’s story will inspire other young people facing the same insecurities

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