Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Jhené Aiko began her music career by singing vocals for the R&B group B2K and has since become one of the prominent female singers in R&B music.
In 2020, the difficulties of being a woman and being a black woman were spoken a lot in the music industry, so Aiko explained in her last interview with Billboard what she faced as a woman entering this industry at an early age.
In her statement, R&B singer Jhene Aiko revealed that she was only 13 years old when she decided to join the world of music and faced pressure that she should look different at her photoshoots because of her color and hair, and only when she grew up she was able to start feeling comfortable with the real hair texture.
The 32-year-old singer also always had her mother with her because even the producers and writers could disturb a young girl instead of talking music. Citing Migos and Lil Wayne as examples, Aiko explained that she always had to try not to be too close with anyone, saying that the same would not happen to them because they were men.
Here’s what she stated:
“I started in this industry when I was 13, going through puberty and my own identity crisis. I’d show up to photo shoots and be told, “You’re going to get your hair bone straight, and we’re going to put this kind of [bronzer] on you.” Only in the last couple of years have I become comfortable with my natural hair texture.
And dealing with men — my mom was always around to keep that in check. But looking back, I definitely saw the potential predators and inappropriate things, like how producers and writers would want to collaborate with you but never talk about music. Would you do that to the Migos or Lil Wayne? That kept me from being super friendly with anyone.”
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