Jody Watley's Personal Pictures

ESSENCE.COM Sep, 14, 2008

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Jody Watley, with her Shalamar bandmates Howard Hewett, left, and Jeffrey Daniels, won over audiences with their signature sound and style.

“Shalamar was a fantastic experience,” she says. “Maybe someone will honor the group and we’ll get together for something special like that.”

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Black is the new black on the set of Watley’s video for “Still a Thrill.”

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Watley works the red carpet at the Grammys.

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Rocking a major fro, Watley is all smiles for her junior high school photo.

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Watley graces the cover of the eighteenth anniversary issue of ESSENCE in 1988.

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Watley in full bloom.

“I was kind of a caterpillar and I turned into a butterfly,” she says of her career after leaving Shalamar.

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Watley rocks it on stage.

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Watley enjoys keeping her style fresh.

“Update your look each year, do something different,” she says. “My ultimate thing is it starts from the inside out. What you feel on the inside exudes on the outside.”

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It’s a family affair for Watley.

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Watley recently launched JodyWatleyMusicStore.com, a place where fans can find her music.

“It’s a continual evolution of my entrepreneurial side,” she says. “It’s a way of serving my niche fan base, where they can make a first-stop online destination.”

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Watley beams alongside her daughter, Lauren.

“Surround yourself with people who uplift you and love you,” she says.

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Still going strong, Watley moves the crowd earlier this year at The Lifeball in Vienna, Austria.

“Learn to love yourself and your flaws,” she says. “Things you can work on, work on. The things that you can’t work on, it really isn’t worth it to stress about.”

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Watley goes home with a Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

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