Photo courtesy of Jody Watley/Albert SanchezGrammy winner and fashion icon Jody Watley recently penned an open letter to her fans on her official website.
The lengthy notes covers a lot of ground — from her thoughts to how black women are treated in the media to long-standing rumors surrounding Watley’s current relationship with former R&B group, Shalamar.
“It’s no secret that black women are generally the most marginalized, disrespected, diminished and dissected across social media and in society. We get demeaned constantly — it’s our hair, our weight, our looks, never good enough for some — doesn’t matter the socioeconomic background or level of intelligence either,” wrote Watley.
She also dismissed talk of a Shalamar reunion and said of her former group members, “Neither Shalamar [nor] any former member has achieved what I have. That is a fact and a bitter pill, still for some.”
The artist also wrote a reminder of her many career achievements, which span the worlds of fashion, music, and Broadway theater.
“I’ve been named one of People‘s Most Beautiful, featured in VOGUE, VOGUE Italia, Details, Harper’s Bazaar…Vanity Fair (a publication that rarely features black entertainers to this day)…I’ve even been on Broadway as in the hit musical GREASE! playing the iconic character Rizzo,” Watley noted.
Jody also gives life advice to readers, particularly about disappointments.
“Even at your job whatever you do there’s bound to be someone in the shadows — mad. Could even be family and those you may have considered a friend,” she wrote. “It’s life.”
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