Mary J. Blige Covers ELLE Magazine News

“During Mudbound and when I was married, I felt so bad. I had to give myself the biggest compliments, even though I didn’t believe it, just so I could build myself…”

Mary J. Blige may look like a surprisingly confident superstar, but she sure has a hard time accepting herself. It’s the truth the Super Bowl headliner shares SHE February 2022 issue, on newsstands February 1.

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For SHE “State of Black Beauty” feature, the hip-hop icon opened up about her signature platinum blonde hair, the inspiration behind her upcoming album Hello beauty, and navigate self-acceptance through beauty.

In a moment of vulnerability, MJB told ELLE’s beauty e-commerce editor Nerisha Penrose that while she fully accepts herself now, she didn’t feel that way until six years ago.

“I didn’t feel beautiful,” Mary J. Blige said. “I was loving for real for real, not just ‘Hey, I’m pretty’ but really believing it, until about 2016.”

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“When I shot Mudbound, I was at the point where I didn’t really have confidence anymore,” she added. Compliments from everyone on set helped build her self-image and forced her to dress properly. Every morning she said to herself, “’This chick is beautiful,’ she said.

“So I started believing it and started giving myself big compliments for overcoming that feeling and that fear.”

wow!

Imagine being this gorgeous and not fully wanting it for all these years.

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See more excerpts from Mary J. Blige SHE magazine cover below.

Why she felt bad about herself, attributing her discomfort to a mix of insecurities, including a childhood scar under her left eye and a tumultuous 13-year marriage to her ex-husband and former manager:

“If someone has mentally knocked you down, you’re never pretty enough. You are never smart enough. Nothing is ever good enough.

On how Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shake Your Thang” video inspired Blige’s now-iconic platinum hair:

“As a teenager, she was watching TV at the Schlobohm housing projects in Yonkers when Salt-N-Pepa’s ‘Shake Your Thang’ video popped up. Blige’s look drifted towards their intricate blonde asymmetrical cuts.” When I saw Salt’s hair was platinum, it was over. Game over,” says Blige. “I used peroxide to boost my hair color to platinum [blonde]“, she remembers fondly.

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On how reinvention was her coping mechanism to escape “hell” and why she doesn’t think her hair gave her strength:

“It’s not just hairstyles, clothes and skin. This is how I reinvent myself through trials and perseverance. Am I going to stop? No, I’m going to go to the next level. It’s painful to take it to the next level because change is difficult. But people see me out and they think, ‘It’s just his skin or his hair.’ No, it’s her. It’s me. I really choose to be a better, stronger person,” she says. The look is just a bonus. “I wouldn’t say that the hair gave me strength. I would say that I give strength to my hair. Whatever I wear, I am able to have the strength to carry it now, which I could not have in the last layer of my life. The hair is beautiful, but I can’t wear it with confidence if I’m not confident. ‘Cause then it would just be a weave, or it would just be blonde hair, or my [natural] Hair.”

On performing for this year’s Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar and how the all-star lineup of hip-hop heavyweights also showcases the versatility of the genre:

“Hip-hop is the East Coast. Hip-hop is West Coast. Hip-hop is Europe – that’s why it’s going to be so important, because that’s what the Super Bowl shows people: it’s not just one thing. [Hip-hop] is everywhere.”

On his upcoming album Good Morning Gorgeous, out 2/11 and whose title has become a daily mantra:

“During Mudbound and when I was married, I felt so bad. I had to give myself the biggest compliments, even though I didn’t believe it, just so I could build myself up. I would do it in the morning, because it’s the time when your hair isn’t done and you’re not wearing makeup. You’re just taking care of yourself for real. She always wakes up and recites the same words: “Hello, Gorgeous. I t ‘love. I got you. I need you.”

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