What/who has been the biggest influence on your career?
My biggest influences on my career musically would have to be Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. I used to admire them so much.
What has been the high-point of your career to date?
The high point of my career to date would have to be winning my 2 SAMA awards in 2010. It was a big achievement for me.
What set-backs have you suffered in your career and how did you overcome them and move forwards?
There are too many challenges to mention in the entertainment industry. A lot of politics too believe it or not but I’ve had to really get myself to a point where I’m not discouraged and distracted by it anymore. The biggest thing for me is not getting my music playlisted on certain mainstream radio stations.
What inspired you to create #endgirlhate?
The lack of support us women show each other and the bad vibes you feel when you get around a group of women you don’t know. I was over the whole mean girl thing. I’m a mom of two girls and I needed to be the change for my girls.
What does #endgirlhate seek to achieve?
To achieve unity amongst women and girls. For us to support one another without even thinking about. When women support each other, incredible things happen.
What are your ambitions for the future for #endgirlhate?
To become a household name amongst women and girls. A movement that empowers those around us and last but certainly not least to become a global movement with branches all over the world.
What prompted you to get involved in SpeakUP?
SpeakUp is perfectly aligned with everything that EGH stands for. Part of the work that we do is going into schools and speaking about bullying so to be collaborating with an organization that specializes in this field is perfect. Really looking forward to making a bigger difference with SpeakUp!
Have you ever experienced bullying or harassment personally? How did you deal with it? What did you learn from the experience?
Yes, especially through social media. People feel comfortable saying mean and nasty things through social media because they don’t have to say it to your face. These things have actually happened throughout my EGH journey so I’ve really had to practice what I preach. It’s been a true test. My motto is, when they go low, I go high. Never stoop to that level of nastiness. Bullies are just sad and unhappy people deep down and once you understand that,it changes how you deal with the situation.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Be an example. Show kindness to unkind people. Forgive people who don’t deserve it. Love unconditionally. Your actions always reflect who you are.
What advice would you give to teen girls today?
Learn to love yourself. Flaws and all. Once you realize how amazing you are nothing and no one around you can distract you. Don’t sell yourself short. You are worth more than you’ll ever know. Follow your dreams and work at them. You are unstoppable!