“I might wear a bikini more often now”
“As you develop and age, you will become more comfortable in your own skin,” the New York native shared of his debut album Ashanti brought her international fame in 2002, earning her a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
Now, more than 20 years later, the 42-year-old is still more confident than ever.
“I may be wearing a bikini a little more often now than when I first came out,” she said.
But while she’s OK with showing off a little more body now, she maintains that self-love ultimately comes from within.
“A lot of confidence comes from within, and of course you stay stylish because you have to give the girls something. For me, it’s just about staying true to myself and emphasizing the good things that I love about myself. I’m proud to be happy with who I am,” she said.
Gaining prominence in an era that was combined with combinations such as low-rise jeans and combined micro mini skirts has quite an impact on the John Tucker must die star who shared that she doesn’t miss the flared jeans of yesteryear.
“The low-rise bell-bottoms with ties. Every time you bend forward, there was a lot going on. But crop tops and low-waisted jeans were my favorite outfits. My abs were popping, so I wanted to show them off,” she said.
Staying relevant in the entertainment industry over two decades is no easy feat, and she admits the fast-paced lifestyle can make it difficult to prioritize her well-being.
“With the position I’m in right now, I have to work hard and make some sacrifices. So boundaries are important. I can do a lot of interviews, but when I only have three or four hours of sleep left, I have to have to… have [carve out some self-care time]. It’s important to strike a balance when you’re working hard and embracing all these amazing opportunities,” she said.
Even for the R&B singer, who is still working to find a balance, paying attention to the messages her body is sending her has been crucial for the R&B singer.
“You have to be aware of your mental health, get enough sleep, drink enough water and eat the right foods,” she said.
For her, eating the right foods specifically means reducing your intake of animal products, she said, revealing that she has plans to eliminate meat from her diet entirely in the future.
“I feel like I’ve done a good job of taking care of myself and watching what I eat. I’ve become a pescetarian in the last seven or eight years. I stopped eating red meat and pork when I was in 10th grade. I am now trying to become a vegetarian. Maybe I would have told my younger self to start a little earlier,” she said.
Along with dietary changes, Ashanti also finds solace in throwing in a little creativity and shopping therapy where she can.
“Self-care is very important. I work on it daily because my schedule has been packed with shows, interviews and gigs and I haven’t taken any time off for myself. This is the first week in months that I’ve had seven days off at a time. So my self-care routine will consist of massages, quiet time, writing songs, and shopping. I get excited just thinking about it,” she said.
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