In 2004, Janet Jackson was ensnared in a booby lure — properly, one in every of her personal.
Since the notorious Super Bowl “Nipplegate” (that includes Justin Timberlake), Jackson has barely spoken in regards to the wardrobe malfunction, save for an unique with Oprah.
But in a tell-all interview with Allure, the 55-year-old icon opened up about her nip slip and its ripple impact.
“What’s really important is going back to having that foundation. Not just family, but God. That’s what really pulled me through,” Jackson mentioned. “It’s tough for me to talk about that time.”
Her unintended publicity, seen by 143 million world viewers, got here after years of strife being a lady within the music trade.
“I was never a girly girl. I was always a tomboy,” she mentioned. “So it was always about pants, suits, even as an early teenager.”
At the start of her career, she was all the time coated, paving her career together with her unabashed expertise, not her physique.
But as years continued on, she “reconsidered modesty,” breaking out of her button-up shirts and self-effacing model.
“[I was] trying to feel comfortable in embracing that,” she mentioned of her nude journal and album covers. “Throwing myself in the lion’s den. Just going for it, wanting to do something different.”
That period of her life, she added, was about “embracing” herself, her physique and her sexuality — one thing that has stored her in present conversations about gender bias and race.
“I think it’s important. Not just for me, but for women,” she mentioned.
When she first started her music career, she was instructed she wouldn’t be as profitable as she wished due to her gender. And, along with achievement obstacles within the male-dominated trade, she was anticipated to be skinny and seemingly good.
“It was difficult at times being a woman and being told, ‘No, you can’t.’ Why? ‘Because women don’t do that,’ ” Jackson mentioned.
With that fixed limelight consideration additionally comes everybody noticing the growing old course of, which Jackson solely hopes she will be able to do “gracefully.”
But simply because Hollywood desires her to remain wanting youthful, doesn’t imply she’ll indulge within the ever-popular cosmetic surgery and filler developments.
“I don’t know when my day is coming, but at some point it’s going to come and I can choose which path I want to take. I do hope I age gracefully,” she mentioned, including that she refuses to ever fill or freeze her face. “It’s either a little bit of zhuzh or gracefully.”