‘In the last video for ‘Rhythm Nation’ I had taken off the all-black uniform & danced in jeans & a halter top. The video was directed by Herb Ritts. Herb was a lovely man who died far too early. He was a gifted photographer & filmmaker with a great eye for form & fashion. Herb also spoke his mind. For most people that would be ok, but for me - given my extreme sensitivity - it wasn’t always comfortable.
Years ago, when we were set to work together, Herb called me & even before exchanging pleasantries blurted out “How’s your weight?” The question came suddenly & I was taken aback. At the time, I was feeling especially self-conscious about my body & didn’t know how to respond. When I paused, Herb was even more blunt “Janet,” he said “are you fat?”
“Well, no, not exactly ..”
“What does that mean?”
I didn’t know what it meant & ultimately canceled the shoot.
Time passed & I wanted to work with Herb again. I realized it was my fault, not his, that I was so overly sensitive when it came to discussing my body. Besides, this time I knew that by no stretch of the imagination could I be called fat.
I had gone on a stringent diet. I was feeling strong & certain that many of the psychological challenges I faced - involving lack of self-regard & worrisome insecurity - had been dramatically reduced. Herb planned for Antonio Sabato Jr. & Djimon Hounsou to be in the video, men with remarkable bodies, but even that didn’t intimidate me. I was starting to like the way I looked. Maybe even feeling free, at least during the shoot’
Extract from Janet’s self-help book ‘True You’
are they still together?
Look at the way Joey spelled “Tempurpedic” :/
they was fucking mayne.
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