Tell us about your photo shoot with Lance Gross. What was the experience like? What was your vision for the shoot?
I had a chance to work with Lance Gross during a video shoot for the ["Here I Am"] album, and I remember looking at his Instagram page, and seeing all these crazy hot photos. I texted him, and he said he’s really been into [photography]. So we had been planning for a year to shoot and of course, I got pregnant and thought I’ll have Lance shoot the photos for my pregnancy. Lance and I had all these great ideas and we just put our heads together to execute the looks. It was a lot of fun.
Some pregnant women get flack for nude photos. Why was it important to you to include those in the shoot?
I don’t know why they would get flack. It’s really—I won’t say amazing—it’s Godmazing [laughs] watching your body carry a human. I took a birthing class and I was amazed by all the things this woman was saying to me about birthing and what the body does naturally. Why wouldn’t you want to celebrate that? The body should be celebrated.
You have a successful career, a marriage and you’re entering motherhood—how will you balance it all? What advice do you have for women who want to pursue their professional aspirations and have a family?
I watch Diana Ross and Donna Summer and all these women—they’ve managed to do it all. I think ‘What makes me different? I can definitely do it.’ And this is something I’ve wanted. I’ve been talking about babies since last year. I believe I spoke it into existence during a conversation with my friend, and I feel like I became pregnant overnight! And she said all we need is a community of strong people around us, and we rely on each other and our families.
Speaking of Donna Summer, you posted a picture on Instagram where you look just like her! Are the rumors that you might play her in an upcoming biopic true?
All these rumors! I was just with my glam squad, we were having fun and we saw this beautiful picture of a Donna Summer record. I was like ‘let’s try to do this look!’ I love Donna Summer. I love how she’s this sex goddess, and she’s so beautiful and powerful onstage. So we mocked up a cover and I posted a picture. That’s all it was! But it would be an amazing opportunity to play her.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that you do! What projects do you have coming up?
I go in the studio next week! I have a new watch with TW Steel called ‘Canteen’ which is casual, but still stylish. And because I’ve been shopping for this little one, and it’s so hard to find stuff for boys, I’m intrigued to do a children’s line.
Snapshot: Kelly Rowland By Lance Gross For Elle.com