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A Woman's Worth: Sevyn Streeter On Being True To Yourself

Sevyn invites us into her fearless world for Vixen's "A Woman’s Worth" series for Women’s History Month.

Sevyn Streeter is a true gem in the R&B world. From soulful singer to penning classics for the likes of Chris Brown, Brandy and Alicia Keys, Sevyn has been leaving her mark on the industry in more ways than one.

Yet, beyond the fame and bright lights, the Orlando native is living life at her own pace, with her new mantra (and hit single), "Don't Kill the Fun," featuring Chris Brown.

Embracing the not-so perfect journey of life, Sevyn invites VIXEN into her fearless world, spilling the tea on how she embraces rejection, who she seeks guidance from, and the importance of being true to yourself.

My songs are inspired by:
My songs come from experiences and the things I've been through in life. But they also come from the experiences of those close to me. I'm all for women's empowerment. My girlfriends and I sit around all the time and just talk and release. I find that so empowering. I'm a firm believer in getting a glass of wine, having a ladies' night, and just talking about the things going on in your life. To me, it's so therapeutic. Sometimes I'll turn those conversations into a song that can help others who may be going through the same things. Sometimes, I also feel like I'm telling all my business, but that's just me being transparent.

How to handle the pressures of media and society:
Live fearlessly and do what makes you feel comfortable. Don’t be afraid to color outside of the lines; don’t be afraid to think outside the box. I hate when girls feel pressured into having to be a certain person. Be you; embrace what you have. You are beautiful and you get one life to live, so make it yours and make it beautiful.

I seek guidance from:
I’m lucky to be surrounded by some great women in my life. I talk to my mom multiple times a day. She always has such great advice and insight that I can use, so I turn to her daily for advice. She was actually the Dean at my high school, and other girls would come to her for advice too. She’s just a brilliant person. I’m also close with my aunt, who is also my pastor, and gives me an amazing spiritual perspective. I have three grandmothers, who I call the Trinity, that I can turn to for guidance as well so I’m pretty blessed to be around some empowering women.

On being in a girl group:
Having three people you were constantly around was like having three sisters and best friends. There was always conversation and always someone to talk to. I think whenever women band together, that sense of empowerment is there.

My personal sense of style:
I'm like a mood ring – I change depending on how I'm feeling. I like to change up my look simply because I think a certain hair color or style may be cute. Some days I'm super glam, some days I'm super dressed down. Sometimes I like to make outfits myself – I'm known to take a pair of scissors to anything. Or I just tell my stylist how I'm feeling and we go from there.

My latest sound is inspired by:
How Bad Do You Want It" is a record for the Fast and the Furious 7 soundtrack, so I just wanted to put a lot of energy into that. I literally wanted to be fast and furious. This was also a chance for me to branch out and do some pop-sounding music. I enjoyed that. My latest single with Chris Brown though, "Don’t Kill The Fun," is actually a motto I live by these days. I try and live life to the fullest and not take everything so seriously – relationships, friendships, or getting caught up in personal things.

I would tell my 16-year-old self...
If I could go back and whisper in my young ear, I think I would tell myself to embrace rejection. There's no way around it, and rejection isn't always the end. Sometimes it can be a re-direction. I look back and see that some of the plans I had for myself weren't as great as the way things just played out for me. I'm a firm believer that everything happens, according to God's timing. Don't count yourself out just because of a "no." Move on to the next way of trying to make something happen. And make sure you're embracing the journey along the way. Don't live to where you're simply trying to check things off your goals or to-d0 list. Remember to enjoy life and don't kill the fun.

Photo Credit: Atlantic Records/ Graphic: Epiphany Cole

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