Cop a gander of Normani!
The 25-year-old appears on the colorful new cover of Allure Magazine.
Landing on the heels of the launch of ‘Wild Side’ – her scorching new single with Cardi B, the feature sees the star assert her worthiness.
Ironically, while her former group Fifth Harmony cranked out a hit named ‘Worth It,’ the singer opens up about feeling anything but that during her time in the band.
Now, though, armed with an unshakable self-confidence and creative independence, she’s strutting ahead full steam to higher heights.
Head below for more from the name on everyone’s lips!
On Being Empowered From A Young Age:
“I grew up feeling beautiful. My mom, my dad, my grandmother instilled in me at a very early age that I was beautiful. The fact that my skin was chocolate was a beautiful thing. My kinky hair was beautiful. I don’t need to straighten it. I can rock my braids to my all-white school.”
On Fifth Harmony:
“I didn’t get to really sing in the group. I felt like I was overlooked. That idea has been projected on me. Like, this is your place.”
On Bulldozing Barriers As A Black Woman:
“My purpose in this work that I do is for other people that feel like they have Black women figured out. There’s so many layers to us, there’s so many textures, there’s so much that we’re capable of doing. Yes, I can throw ass. But I can also give you a proper eight-count, and I can do ballet, and I can do contemporary dance. If I want to sing this pop ballad, then you’re going to love it! While you see my Black face!” Period.
On Creating ‘Wild Side’:
“A lot of people aren’t expecting this [song] and that’s why I wanted to put it out first. I went to [Starrah] and said, ‘I want something really sexy. I just felt this sense of me coming into my own. I feel like a woman now.”
[This is] the record I need to also feel like a bad b*tch.”
On The Future:
“I’m reinventing myself. Now you all are finally going to be able to see me tap into that awareness — that I know I’m the shi*t.”