Leading Lady: Kelly Rowland Covers “Runway,” Reveals Past Insecurities With Her Complexion

Kelly Rowland takes a killer stance on the latest issue of Runway. With polished fingertips firmly placed on her hips and a piercing look in her smoky eyes that commandingly questions “Who runs this motha?” it’s evident that Miss Rowland isn’t playing any games. But did you know she has past insecurities? In the magazine’s Fall 2011 issue, the recently emancipated R&B singer confesses that she was once at conflict with her flawless milk chocolate complexion.

“There’s so much peer pressure growing up, I had an identity crisis,” said Kelly. “I went to a predominantly white school and I was the only black girl. I can 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…Tina 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.”

Shout out to Momma Knowles.

Check out behind the scenes footage of Kelly’s bold and gallant photo spread shot by renowned celeb photographer Derek Blanks below – you’ve seen his work via Kelly’s oh-so-revealing Here I Am album packaging. – Stephanie Long