Ledisi Lets Down Her Locs & Shows Us a Different Side
I was a fan of Ledisi’s voice and talent before I even knew what she looked like or learned how to properly pronounce her name. (I’m from the country, let’s just say I slaughtered the pronunciation.) But when I finally saw the songstress via pictures and televised appearances, I marveled at her luscious locs, beautiful skin and her choice to remain a natural beauty in a “sex sells” industry.
However, like all intriguing and successful women, the talented artist has many sides and the more of her we see, the more we love, starting with her hot new album cover! Essence magazine recently sat down with Ledisi to ask some of the questions we all want to know, like:
What’s up with this sexy new image and new attitude?
“I’ve always been like this, I just haven’t shown it. I decided I wanted to scare myself into my greater self and do things I had never done before like taking a dance class and getting a nutritionist. I wanted to fully understand what was going on with me mentally. I started thinking I need to get the love I deserve and it starts with me loving on me. I really focused in on me. Now I’m really excited about what I have going on with me, which is I’m really loving on me and having the kind of love I deserve. It’s just radiating out, that’s all. All natural.”
Why did she pick this shot for the album cover?
“My original shot was even more risqué than what you see. It all came together naturally and it felt and looked like me. I was happy about that. That’s me on that cover and that’s me tongue-in-cheek being like, ‘Hmm-mmm’ I wanted people to look in my face. You never see my face. You never see my eyes. You never see me happy and illuminating. This cover is natural, it’s earthy and you can still see my face. I’ve always been heard and never seen. I once asked a lady, ‘When you think of Ledisi, what do you think?’ And she said, ‘We hear you, but we don’t remember what you look like.’ That’s why I’m making the changes I’m making. You will hear me and you will see me. It’s because image-wise I haven’t shown that.”
What does she say to people who think this is too risqué for her image?
This is me naturally. I didn’t go and say, ‘Oh I want to be like this person.’ No, this is my life I’m talking about. I decided I wanted to make changes for me. My hairstylist said why don’t you do something more vibrant with your hair? She gradually worked with me on that. Or, I decided to wear a red lip because I felt like it. It wasn’t the label telling me. That was me.
There will always be haters and those quick to judge, but I applaud Ledisi for not allowing those people and their unwanted opinions to keep her in a box. Ledisi, we see you girl! Looking good!
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