Jody Watley, Harper’s Bazaar 10 Most Beautiful Issue (Women from 21 to 48 Talk About Their Looks and Lives), September 1989
I was in great company as the ‘The Top 10’ list also featured Academy Award winning actress Jodie Foster on the cover, other inclusions were Faye Dunaway, Whitney Houston, Susan Sarandon, Kelly LeBrock, Julia Roberts, Melanie Griffith, and Anjelica Houston.
Clothing – Rifat Ozbek
Photography Matthew Rolston
For me – though having a strong visual presentation and identity as an artist is important – your looks never define who you are as a person nor have anything to do with substance, character, talent, tenacity and perseverance. One must have something going on beyond what’s on the outside. Over the decades I’ve found in some ways with women physical appearance when others consider you ‘beautiful’ can work against you too, you almost have to work double to be taken seriously not to mention those that may resent what they see and some to their own personal biases, misperceptions and so on – it’s a double edged sword. That said, looking back it’s special to have broken through some of the barriers that often exist for black women and artists in the lexicon of beauty and fashion opening the door a bit wider for others that have followed. This was my second of 3 features in Harper’s Bazaar.
No matter what – don’t forget to be awesome not matter what you look like!
Social media is celebrating iconic singer Jody Watley with #JodyWatleyAppreciation Day on February 28, 2022!
For fans in the States and across the globe, Watley set the standard as a trendsetting pioneer in music, video, fashion, and style. She is one of the architects of 21st-century pop, and one of music’s most versatile song stylists.
Telling her story in her own words whether, in interviews, social media, or her sold-out concerts, the iconic singer always remains true to herself. The appreciation day offers an opportunity for fans to share their favorite Jody Watley songs and videos from her incredible body of work like I’m Looking for a New Love, Still A Thrill, Don’t You Want Me, Some Kind of Lover, Real Love, and more!
As a solo artist, the ageless pop and R&B singer has 6 Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten Singles, 13 Number 1 Dance Singles, 2 R&B Number 1’s, 15 Top 40 Singles, Gold and platinum albums, 2007 Billboard Dance Lifetime Achievement, 2017 recipient of the Black Music Honors Crossover Music Icon Award and nominations from the American Music Awards, MTV Awards, NAACP Awards, and Soul Train Awards.
The cultural music iconic singer in Pop/Soul/R&B continues to amass chart-toppers!
Send your favorite Jody Watley song with #jodywatleyappreciationday @jodywatley #jodywatleyappreciationday
Named the first Membership Ambassador for 2021, Jody Watley digital billboard still stands tall at The National Museum Of African American Music In Nashville. If you’re in the city check out the museum, lots of history spanning hundreds of years in a variety of genres something for each generation of music lovers.
I got to see the massive Jody Watley digital billboards at both entrances at The National Museum of African American Music this weekend! Such an honor to be their first Ambassador. The museum is spectacular and an experience that will take numerous visits to take it all in.
This is my book pick of the month “Becoming : Michelle Obama.” It’s very relatable to though never being a First Lady. The journey of life from childhood and family, overcoming obstacles, doubts, changing course and our continued evolution along the way resonates very much.
I’m nearly done and will be giving other picks on the heels of July’s pick “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz which I’ve read previously and always a good one to revisit.
I’m going to recommend a few books over the coming months to add to your reading list. Starting it off is “The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s a life changing book on perspective. Initially given to me as a gift, after reading it and being so enlightened and inspired – I’ve given it as a gift many times and always recommend it.