Kelly Rowland, 38, who starred alongside Beyoncé in Destiny’s Child, has admitted she was wowed by the empowering message her former bandmate sent with her cover shoot for Vogue magazine.
Rowland explained: “I remember looking at a Vogue magazine cover and I saw three beautiful White women on the cover and it said, ‘This is what beauty looks like.’ If I’m not that color how am I supposed to know what beauty looks like?
“So when we see women of color on magazine covers … it shows, this is what beauty is like. We are what beauty is.”
Rowland thinks the image of Beyonce on the cover of the world-famous magazine sends a strong message to young women everywhere.
Rowland told “Entertainment Tonight“: “I’m extremely excited for young girls of color to see that and understand and know that they are beautiful.”
Beyoncé, 36, is reported to have had an unprecedented level of creative control over the shoot, which was conducted by Tyler Mitchell, who became the first black photographer to ever shoot the cover for Vogue.
And Rowland — who has been best friends with the chart-topping star since childhood — thinks Beyoncé’s attitude toward the magazine cover underlined her selfless nature.
“I think that it speaks volumes about who she is because it wasn’t about her in that moment. It was everyone else. We know who Beyoncé is. I mean, of course, through that cover, but just as a woman, a Black woman, and it’s a beautiful thing, and that’s what we celebrate,” she said.
For the Vogue cover, Beyoncé was reportedly given the final say on virtually every aspect of the shoot, including her choice of stylists and the arrangement of the set.