Singer Janet Jackson, who stars in Tyler Perryâ€™s new movie â€œFor Colored Girlsâ€, looks fabulous in a sexy red dress on the cover of the upcoming issue of Health Magazine (December 2010).
The 44 year-old talks about her body issues, her career as a singer and actress, Hollywoodâ€™s pressure to have a perfect image and growing up. Here are some highlights from Janet Jacksonâ€™s Health Magazine:
On having her body criticized as a kid: â€œWhen I did Good Times, they used to bind my chest because I was developing breasts at a young ageâ€¦ It immediately makes you think, â€˜The way I am isnâ€™t good enough.â€™ They thought I was too heavy and that I needed to lose weight. When I look back at the show, I was your average-size kid.â€
On choosing between acting and singing: â€œI have more of a passion for acting than I do singing, because singing comes so much easier to me. Acting is more of a challenge. I always say to people, â€˜Iâ€™m really in the wrong business because I donâ€™t like being in front of huge crowds, and I donâ€™t like it when a lot of people are
looking at me.â€™â€
On Hollywoodâ€™s obsession with weight: â€œPeople tend to put entertainers on pedestals. Weâ€™re human beings, just like youâ€¦ whether we have money or not, we still have bills to pay, we still have our stresses.â€
On getting colonics at age 11: â€œOnce a month my mother would drive us to downtown L.A [for the procedure]. That played a big part in my life and career, because I learned at a very young age what discipline truly meant, to be able to pass up the French fries and the piece of candy.â€