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Kelly Rowland is the Face of Sean John's New Scent

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Kelly Rowland is having an amazing summer. Her sexy single, "Motivation," is climbing the charts; she's more beautiful than ever; and now, Sean "Diddy" Combs has tapped her to be the face of his new women's fragrance, Empress.

We caught up with the stunning singer at the Empress launch event Sag Harbor, NY, where she chatted with us about why she's uber-excited about the new scent.

ESSENCE.COM: What do you love most about Empress?

Kelly Rowland: The first time I sprayed it I was instantly taken because I loved the floral, fruity scent. But after awhile, I smelled the caramel and vanilla notes, and loved it even more! Empress is a unique, strong scent that really floats with you.

ESSENCE.COM: Why are you the perfect ambassador for the scent?

KR: Empress and I mirror each other. Empress is all about being confident, and understanding your worth as a woman, which is exactly where I am right now. While I was making "Here I Am," I finally realized my own power -- and it's pretty freaking amazing!

ESSENCE.COM: Your power definitely shines through on the new album.

KR: You know, there's nothing wrong with saying how dope you are and that you... um... know how to motivate! And wearing a scent that makes you feel unique and strong is so empowering.

Empress, $57-$74, at Macy's department stores in August
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