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AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 19: Kelly Rowland speaks during her "Chasing Destiny" SXSW Interview at Austin Convention Center on March 19, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for BET)

“Chasing Destiny”

Kelly Rowland says women deserve more darker-skinned black role models

By WITW Staff on March 21, 2016

Former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland during a panel discussion at South by Southwest on Saturday said that women deserved more darker-skinned role models. The singer, who was discussing her new reality show Chasing Destiny which shows her putting together a new girl band when an audience member asking a question related the story of her sister being rejected because of her darker skin tone. “It’s just a trip to me,” the singer responded. “One of the things I looked for [in the new girl group] first was chocolate girls because I feel it’s so necessary for my niece, my unborn kid, she has to see more chocolate women. I want to be part of a change in that.”

She revealed that she looked up to darker-skinned women while growing up, including Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson, and sees Michelle Obama as a role model today. “No disrespect for lighter women, but we have to see all colors,” she added.

On the panel, Rowland also explained that she saw a need for more girl groups in today’s culture, and was hoping to address that with her new TV-show — which will show her constructing a new girl band, but without the traditional elimination rounds.  “There’s nothing wrong with selfies and solos but it’s time for another generation to see female camaraderie and people coming together, ” she said.

Read the full story at The Guardian.