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Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Self-Love: 'I Didn’t Know I Was Beautiful'

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Mary J. Blige covers the New York’s Spring Fashion Issue wearing a black feather Quentin Veron gown. In a very transparent interview, the Queen of Hip Hop Soul opens up about self-love, career and her finances. Read the highlights from the interview below:

Finances:

"I’m just being straight-up honest. I never wanted to do all this stuff, but after what I’ve been through and all the mess that I’m in … You have to pay those taxes. It’s good to see what you have and what you don’t have — and why are we paying this person $5,000 a week?" 

Role on Mudbound and realizing her own beauty:

"I’m just being straight-up honest. I never wanted to do all this stuff, but after what I’ve been through and all the mess that I’m in … You have to pay those taxes. It’s good to see what you have and what you don’t have — and why are we paying this person $5,000 a week?" 

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Success:

"I had money, and I had access to all the things that I used to tear my life down. I went crazy. I could get any drug, anything, at any moment." 

How Diddy inspired her tomboy fashion look when she first started:

"What I loved about Puff is he immediately saw — I mean, instead of a tight dress, he put a baggy Armani suit on me with some Teflon boots. I wore a miniskirt sometimes, a pleated miniskirt, but I wore boots with it. But I hated skirts, I hated dresses…It took me a long time. I didn’t want to wear lipstick and all this stuff. I’d fight not to wear these little shorts [in videos], and I’d end up wearing them and the video would be great. And you’d be like, Okay, that’s not bad, and you start to grow. I’m just learning how to stand up straight, and I have to remember to posture myself straight on the red carpet." 

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