Chloe Bailey grew up admiring Beyoncé, and now she's living a dream come true as she's signed to her idol's Parkwood Entertainment label.
Chloe's Beyoncé connection began in 1998 when she was five years old playing a younger version of Queen Bey's Lilly character in the film The Fighting Temptations. Ever since then, her mentor has inspired her, especially about being comfortable with her appearance.
"It was Beyoncé who made me look at my body and say maybe it is okay to have my body. Maybe it is okay to have a plump butt. Maybe it is okay to have to shake and jump to fit in my jeans," Bailey says in the In the Know by Yahoo January cover story.
After earning five Grammy nominations with her sister Halle as Chloe x Halle, Chloe made her solo debut in 2021 with "Have Mercy."
The erotic music video for the song fired up social media, as people commented, positively and negatively, about her sexy appearance. Chloe insists that she won't allow her critics to affect her confidence.
"There has never been a point in time that a society has ever been comfortable with the woman being powerful in the skin that she's in," the 23-year-old entertainer says. "So I just have to give kudos to every woman who's inspired me, every one of my peers right now who's saying, 'I love my body. I feel sexy.'"
Regardless of the social media trolls, Chloe is determined to feel good about herself.
"No matter what women do, no matter how talented we are, no matter how screwed on our head is, someone will always have a problem because we choose to celebrate our body and the skin that we're in," Chloe maintains. "But you shouldn't dim your light, period."