Kelly Rowland is praising September’s U.S. Vogue cover featuring fellow Destiny’s Child member Beyonce for helping to show young girls of color they are beautiful too.
Beyonce, 36, is the first woman of color to grace the cover of the fashion magazine’s iconic September issue.
The “Lemonade” hitmaker was born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles in Houston, Texas, to Mathew Knowles, who is Black, and Celestine “Tina” Knowles, who is mixed race (Black, Native American Indian, and French).
Kelly, left, is pictured in concert with fellow D.C. members Michelle Williams, center, and Beyonce, right, in Las Vegas in 2015.
Kelly Rowland, who is Black, carefully avoided describing Beyonce as Black in an interview with ET! She praised the significance of Beyonce’s appearance as the first “woman of color” to be featured on the cover of U.S. Vogue.
“I remember looking at a Vogue magazine cover and I saw three beautiful white women on the cover and it said, ‘This is what beauty looks like.’ If I’m not that color how am I supposed to know what beauty looks like?” Kelly told ET. “So when we see women of color on magazine covers, (it shows) this is what beauty is like. We are what beauty is.”
Kelly added: “I’m extremely excited for young girls of color to see that and understand and know that (they) are beautiful.”
Beyonce’s cover was a collaboration between the star and Vogue boss Anna Wintour, with the mother-of-three reportedly given the final word on everything from her stylists to her makeup, which consisted of only 3 products.
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