Cop a gander of Janet Jackson!
The superstar songstress aptly flashes her mega-watt smile a-front of the October InStyle Magazine – which also dubs as its Beauty Issue.
Continuing her renewed embrace of the media, Ms. Jackson pairs her striking feature spread (lensed by Robbie Fimmano) with an insightful interview with Laura Brown.
During their frank chat, the performer opened up about being a mom to baby Eissa in her 50s, the passing of father Joe, body image, Michael Jackson, much more.
Peep pics and interview excepts…
LB: And in the middle of preparations, you lost your father, Joe. I’m so sorry.
JJ: It’s very tough. But it was also difficult coming back because I was very much behind [with] rehearsals.
LB: When your parent is not well, it’s strange to go into this vacuum and then back into the world.
JJ: I didn’t know if I wanted to cancel the tour. But I think my father would’ve wanted me to continue.
LB: Did you spend some time with him before he passed?
JJ: I for sure had some time. He is in a better place. I’ve said this before, but you’ll never forget [the pain]. The hurt is always there, but you learn how to move forward.
LB: Was he lucid? Were you able to talk?
JJ: By the time I got there, not as much, but he still communicated.
LB: You had a child at 50! That’s unbelievable — it says a lot about what your body can handle.
JJ: I give it up to Paulette. She’s incredible. And she never made me feel like I have to deprive myself of anything. She would say, “What do you like? OK, I’m going to put that in. What do you enjoy? OK, I’m going to put that in.”
LB: Did you and Michael ever talk about self-image?
JJ: I remember growing up and being in this business was always this important thing. Because it was the thing. And you had to be a certain size, you had to be thin to be an entertainer. Stupid crap like that. That’s just this business I’m in. I think it’s changed, thank God. People are more accepting of others. Which is the way it should’ve been from the jump. That can really mess with you.
LB: What were you insecure about before that you are more secure about now?
JJ: I would have to say my body. A lot of it has to do with experience, getting older. Understanding, realizing that there isn’t just one thing that is considered beautiful. Beautiful comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
LB: When do you feel most beautiful?
JJ: I feel like I’m being corny here, but it’s just the honest truth: I feel most beautiful when I’m with my son, because of the gift that God has given me and that he allowed me to do so at that age. My baby is so sweet and so healthy, so happy and so full of love.
LB: When was the first time you felt sexy?
JJ: I would say not until I was well into my 30s. I got out of a funky relationship and finally got back to me. I went to therapy, which was all about finding that thing you like about yourself. The realization that, you know what, you’re not so bad after all. I’m not saying you’re great or you’re the best, but it’s not as bad as you were made to feel that it was.
LB: Where do you want to be when you’re 80?
JJ: I’d love to be a grandma. I’d love to, hopefully, still inspire people with my work, whatever it is. And more than anything, I know I’m going to be helping people and inspire others to do the same. I feel that is what I was put on this earth to do. I want to help women who are abused and suffering from being in relationships where men have them gagged, have their hands tied. No woman should go through that.
Gorgeous shoot, great interview!