Janet Jackson hits the cover of the December 2010 issue of Health Magazine. Loving her short haircut that brings out her undeniable and beautiful features, the quiet singer/actress discusses and opens up about her body image.

Highlights from her interview below:

On having her body criticized as a kid: “When I did “Good Times,” they used to bind my chest because I was developing breasts at a young age . . . It immediately makes you think, ‘The way I am isn’t good enough.’ They thought I was too heavy and that I needed to lose weight. When I look back at the show, I was your average-size kid.”

On choosing between acting and singing: “I have more of a passion for acting than I do singing, because singing comes so much easier to me. Acting is more of a challenge. I always say to people, ‘I’m really in the wrong business because I don’t like being in front of huge crowds, and I don’t like it when a lot of people are looking at me.'”

On Hollywood’s obsession with weight: “People tend to put entertainers on pedestals. We’re human beings, just like you . . . whether we have money or not, we still have bills to pay, we still have our stresses.”

On getting colonics at age 11:Once a month my mother would drive us to downtown L.A [for the procedure]. That played a big part in my life and career, because I learned at a very young age what discipline truly meant, to be able to pass up the French fries and the piece of candy.”

The latest issue of Health in now on newsstands.

-Ellisa Oyewo

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