Late last year Keri Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock” became nearly every woman’s anthem as Hilson told us ladies to get it together, to never be jealous of others, and to be confident enough to shake the haters off. In the video for the song Hilson pays tribute to female icons such as Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge, Janet Jackson and TLC. And as raunchy as “The Way You Love Me” may be, it is nonetheless an example of a woman being sexually assertive.
Your album aims to be very empowering to all women. Would you call yourself a feminist?
I don’t know. That word has been tossed around a few times. I absolutely stand for women’s rights – I do. I also believe in empowerment and just owning and controlling your situation – be it your relationships, sexuality or confidence -and then not allowing anyone to take that. If any of that puts me into the feminist box, then I’m proudly there.
But I’m not a Nazi with it. I just feel strongly that women lack the confidence that we need in this day and time. Everyone is seeking validation from expensive things like heels and handbags and hair weaves, or other women and other men. I just feel that I would like to see that over. I do it because it’s my job. I don’t do it because I believe that it makes me who I am. I know that comes from within.