Kelly Rowland covers her very first Essence magazine cover for their September issue in a fall 2013 look. The “Red Wine” singer posed in a black fur vest, embellished applique dress and tribal jewelry. In the intimate interview the singer talks about her new, more honest, outlook on life. She also opens up about her “Dirty Laundry” song and new love life.
On her feelings toward Beyoncé’s success: “For a long time I wasn’t happy, but that had nothing to do with Beyoncé. That had to do with me trying to get my life in order and make better decisions for myself. I’m seeing all these wonderful things happen for her and I am happy for her. But I want a path. I want things to pop off for me, too. Not on her level but whatever my level is supposed to be.”
On her workout sessions with former boxer, Martin Snow: “I see the beauty in boxing. It teaches me strength, physically but mostly mentally. I had to learn my strength, because for so long I could have been tougher than I was.”
In addition to the fab new cover, the Hearst publication announced that former executive editor Vanessa K. Bush will be Essence’s newest editor-in-chief. If this September issue is any indication of where Essence is going, we’re looking forward to seeing more. Pick this issue up on stands, Aug.9!