Normani is ready for her close-up!
As reported, the starlet covers the latest issue of Rolling Stone alongside SZA and Megan Thee Stallion. Collectively serving as “women shaping the future.”
For snatched her solo spread as part of a digital feature that sees the ‘Motivation’ maestra open about new music, overcoming obstacles, the politics of Pop, Camila Cabello‘s racism scandal, and much more.
Pics and quotes after the jump…
On Her Long-Awaited Album:
She estimates she’s about halfway through the album, and hopes to have a single out by summer. It’s a monumental step for someone who spent six years not having a say in her music.
On Her Goal With The Project:
“I want to be able to feel like I was represented in the most authentic way possible because I know what it feels like coming from a girl group and being told who to be. [It’s] just overwhelming now to have the opportunity to be all that I want to be.”
On Fifth Harmony:
“We paid our dues,” Normani says, wide-eyed, remembering a time when they were on two tours at once, simultaneously opening for Lovato and headlining their own trek. “For us to be able to get through that . . . Basically, what I’m saying is, I could do anything. That sh*t made anything in the world easy.”
On The Camila Cabello Racism Scandal:
“I want to be very clear about what I’m going to say on this uncomfortable subject and figured it would be best to write out my thoughts to avoid being misconstrued, as I have been in the past. I struggled with talking about this because I didn’t want it to be a part of my narrative, but I am a black woman, who is a part of an entire generation that has a similar story.
I face senseless attacks daily, as does the rest of my community. This represents a day in the life for us. I have been tolerating discrimination far before I could even comprehend what exactly was happening. Direct and subliminal hatred has been geared towards me for many years solely because of the color of my skin. It would be dishonest if I said that this particular scenario didn’t hurt me. It was devastating that this came from a place that was supposed to be a safe haven and a sisterhood, because I knew that if the tables were turned I would defend each of them in a single heartbeat. It took days for her to acknowledge what I was dealing with online and then years for her to take responsibility for the offensive tweets that recently resurfaced. Whether or not it was her intention, this made me feel like I was second to the relationship that she had with her fans.”
I don’t want to say that this situation leaves me hopeless because I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity for personal growth. I really hope that an important lesson was learned in this. I hope there is genuine understanding about why this was absolutely unacceptable. I have spoken what is in my heart and pray this is transparent enough that I never have to speak on it again. To my brown men and women, we are like no other. Our power lies within our culture. We are descendants of an endless line of strong and resilient kings and queens. We have been and will continue to win in all that we do simply because of who we are. We deserve to be celebrated, I deserve to be celebrated and I’m just getting started.”
On Not Being Limited Musically:
“It’s almost like [pop] becomes a negative when it’s a black girl that looks like me, singing the records that I choose to sing because I loved them. Let’s celebrate the fact that I’m able to have a record with Sam Smith while also having a record with 6lack!
I was trying to wrap my mind around it, feeling the responsibility and the pressure like I owe it to both sides. Just now I’m coming to the realization I don’t owe anybody as much as I owe to myself first. I’m the one that has to perform these records for the rest of my life.”
On Being Resilient
“Oh, I’ve seen the ugly. Even with those things, it amazes me how I bounce back. I didn’t know that I was as strong as I’ve been.”