Janet Jackson Interview
Issue: Sept. 2006
Story Headline: Forever Young
Background: "'Ms. Jackson if you're nasty' had already took on a whole new meaning at this point in the pop star's career. Two years after Justin Timberlake accidentally exposed her pierced nipples to the millions of folks watching the 2004 Super Bowl halftime, Janet was ready to take back control. VIBE was on hand to celebrate 40 years of the seductive singer's legacy as she opened up about her relationship with So So Def's CEO Jermaine Dupri and how she was finally able to learn to love her sometimes curvy, sometimes athletic body.
Memorable Quote: "When I was at my heaviest, he would grab anything that was hanging over and look me right in my eyes, kiss me, and tell me that he loves me. And he would do that all the time. Nobody has ever done that to me. I got teased by certain members of my family when I was a kid, and I was made to feel that I was heavy. I was always told, 'This is what you should look like,' or, 'Your butt is too big, and it should look like this person's.' But I now know there's nothing wrong with my body. A lot of sistas have butts way bigger than mine and smaller than mine."