Janet Jackson says she originally wanted to study business law, not become an artist

Janet Jackson becomes candid about her career.

55-year-old musical icon starred in the latest issue of the magazine Charmwhere she discussed beauty standards, her personal style and what it was like growing up in a legendary musical family.

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About modern women who define their own beauty standards: “Comfortable in their skin, in their size, in being plump, and I like that, unlike those days. You had to always be thin and always look a certain way. And now all this is accepted, and everything is beautiful, and I really like it. “

About his personal style at a young age: “I’ve never been a girl. I’ve always been a tomboy. So it was always about pants, suits, even in early adolescence. I remember when my brothers got their star on the Walk of Fame and other awards they received and I look back at the pictures and I was always in a suit with a tie, bow tie or suspenders. Always loving black and never wanting to expose any part of my body, I felt most comfortable covering it here. “

What did she learn from Janet era: “Hug me and try to learn to love me for me, for my body and all that. Trying to feel comfortable accepting this. I throw myself into the lion’s den. I just strive for this, I want to do something different. It took a lot of work, a lot of work. It was something very difficult, very difficult. But I’m glad I got through it. I am very glad that I got there. It was a way to accept and love, accept yourself and your body. “

On growing up in a legendary musical family and the beginning of a performer’s career: “We always wrote music when we were growing up. We had a studio in my parents’ house; it’s still there actually. So at any time of the day or night, if you couldn’t sleep or had an idea before school, after school, you could go to the studio and record your idea musically. So I did it and I wrote down this idea that I came up with and played all the parts on it, and like a genius I left the cassette in the car and when I got home from school I was so embarrassed. They listened to the song. My father, some of my brothers. I was so confused. And then my father said, “I think you should become an artist.” I said, “No, no, no, no, no! You do not understand. I want to go to school. I want to go to college, study commercial law and make a living by acting. ” That’s how it all started. “

On the importance of using her music platform to discuss key issues: “I feel like I’ve laid a little foundation for myself, so if I ever want to, I can continue on this path. Musically, what I’ve done, like Rhythm Nation, New Agenda or Skin Game, have done these pieces of work with Jimmy. [Jam] and terry [Lewis]I feel like I’ve laid a certain foundation. I hope I can continue if I want to. If you know what I mean? But only time will tell. “

About her desire to grow old gracefully: “Everyone would always like to stay young and so on, but this is inevitable. I mean, we’re all going to get there. There is another road. It’s a little buzzing. I don’t know when my day will come, but at some point it will come and I can choose which path I want to take. I hope I am aging gracefully. It’s either a little buzzing or graceful. “

More from Janet, visit Allure.com

Trailer for JanetA new documentary was released earlier this month and you can watch it here …

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