Kelly Rowland is back on top, with a song that currently sits at #2 on the R&B charts, a new role as a judge for X-Factor UK and now the covergirl for VIBE’s August/September 2011 Juice Issue. The songstress bares it all, truly solidifying her place as a sex symbol and giving us all a little motivation for the last stretch of the summer.
In the article, Kelly talks about everything from her album sales in Europe to coming into her sexuality while recording her new album. Read excerpts from the interview below:
VIBE: The last album didn’t do well in the States. It did better overseas, particularly in Europe. Do you feel more appreciated in Europe?
Kelly Rowland: No, not really. People still compare me to B over there. I said in an interview recently, ‘You know, if you guys would be a little bit more intelligent and ask me about myself we’ll have a much better interview.’ You can’t want a story from me and keep asking me about the past.
VIBE: When you heard the song [“Motivation”], did you think, This may be too racy for my image?
Not at all. Every woman knows what that feels like—hopefully. But everyone doesn’t expect Kelly to sing about it. This is true. But I just loved the song so much. And yes, I can relate to it. I came into my sexuality while I was recording this album. I can walk into a sex shop now and not worry about what people would say if they saw me in there.
What do you think of Kelly Rowland for Vibe? Is it too racy or just right?