When have you wavered?
It’s in the history books. It’s there (6). When you’ve had a high point of success and moments in your life, you find yourself chasing the things that made you successful. If you don’t have the patience with yourself to do right by you, you lose. That’s a constant battle.
The same can be said about one’s image. Let’s talk about some of your album cover looks through the ages, to see your own evolution.
What’s the 411? Go.
Fresh off the block.
What’s the 411? Remix. Because that one was even crazier.
Wow, wow, wow. Hip-hop. That was hip-hop.
Share My World.
Trying to figure it out. Where am I going with this new journey?
Growing up and maturing as an artist.
No More Drama.
There were two album covers. The first one was pure confusion. The second one? Nailed it.
The second one was fierce.
The second one was, “Hold on, let me fix that first one” [laughs].
I’d arrived. Regal.
Stronger With Each Tear.
I don’t know what was going on there.
Why? It reminds me of record sleeves from the 1920s or 1930s.
Okay, that’s future of me. And also, Lena Horne.
My Life II...
It’s the first one that shows your whole body. Those curves!
I have never done a cover like that before. That was the first time. I don’t like to show my whole body like that.
I don’t know. I don’t think people care.
I can assure you that’s crazy talk.
Ha! I don’t know. That was revealing for me.
When do you feel most beautiful?
When I’m made up and dressed up and my heart is in the right place… [When] I feel happy. I’m not going to lie and say I feel beautiful when I have on a hair scarf and I’m running to the gym. I feel confident, but beautiful? No.
When does your husband think you look the most beautiful?
When I’m running to the gym [laughs].
I believe it. We saw you in sweats in the “Be Without You” video.
Ha! Less is more, I guess. He always tells me, “You don’t need all that stuff.”
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 Any guesses? Love & Life, maybe? That Method Man single?