Normani Hamilton has already taken the music industry by storm despite the fact that she has yet to release a debut album. The former Fifth Harmony member has made a name for herself with her song “Motivation” and features on “Dancing With A Stranger” and “Love Lies.” With hits like these, Normani has made it clear that she is ready to take on a solo career. She has also displayed her exceptional dance skills in the “WAP” music video as well as her 2019 VMA performance of “Motivation.” With all of this talent and success, it would be easy to jump to the conclusion that Normani has always been confident and knew she was a star. However, in her Women’s Health cover story, Normani revealed that the truth is far from this.

In her cover story, Normani speaks of how she often felt like she was the “other” in Fifth Harmony. She continued on to explain that being the only Black member and the constant comparisons that people would make between her and her bandmates “took a toll on [her] confidence.” She even went as far as to say that “For a long time, I didn’t believe in myself because I didn’t feel like I was given the opportunity to.” Additionally, while in the band, Normani became the victim of racist online bullying after a statement she made of then bandmate Camila Cabello was taken out of context. The harassment took another shot to Normani’s confidence, but she has since taken the experience and turned it into a way to connect with others who have experienced online bullying. Normani is now a diversity ambassador for The Cybersmile Foundation and uses her experience to show that even someone in her position can be impacted by online bullying. Since the band’s break up, the star has continually worked on improving her self-image and confidence. Now, the dancing and singing sensation says that she utilizes words of affirmation and “going into the studio with the mentality of being Normani” to boost her self-esteem and ensure that her debut album is authentically her sound. (Of course, it never hurts when the likes of Beyoncé and Janet Jackson are cheering you on.) You can read Normani’s full cover story with Women’s Health here!

Check out Normani’s stunning cover below!