Kelly Rowland Thanks Her Mom & Tina Knowles For Helping Her Love Her Brown Skin

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Kelly Rowland recognizes her mother and Tina Knowles-Lawson for their positive influence during LadyLike Foundation's 8th Annual Women Of Excellence Awards Luncheon.

Last weekend, Kelly Rowland was honored at the LadyLike Foundation's 8th Annual Women Of Excellence Awards Luncheon for her philanthropic efforts and role as a positive influence for young women. 

Kelly was all smiles as she received her award from rising Hollywood starlet Keke Palmer and spoke candidly about the women in her life who helped her learn to love herself at a young age.

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Dedicating the award to her mother Doris Rowland Garrison, who sadly passed away in 2014, Kelly reflected on a few of the important lessons she learned from her mom as a young girl. “She would always tell me, ‘Cross your legs, always look at people, be ladylike’ — I just feel she is here," Kelly said, fighting back tears.

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Beyonce's mother Tina Knowles-Lawson was among those who were on hand to support Kelly and the Destiny's Child songstress was proud to share how Tina, whom she called a "second mother," also played a vital role in shaping the woman she's become. [Tina] “forced me to look in the mirror and say, ‘You look at that chocolate skin — so pretty," she continued. "She taught me how glorious our skin is, ladies. Don’t dim your light for nobody.”

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Kelly was one of several who contributed to the $250,000 raised by the foundation, which will go towards funding six college scholarships for underprivileged young women in the Los Angeles area.

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