“I Just Wanted To Make Everyone Happy” Zonnique Embraces Her Womanhood And Leaves The People-Pleasing Behind
I remember coming across an episode of Growing Up Hip-Hop: Atlanta that featured Reginae Carter (daughter of rapper Little Wayne) and her BFF Zonnique (daughter of rapper T.I. and singer Tiny) in a strip club and I found myself clutching my pearls. I had to remind myself that although the world has witnessed these girls growing up since they were babies on their mother’s hips, they’re grown women now and they’ve come a long way since the OMG Girlz.
Recently celebrating her 22nd birthday, Zonnique says growing up has had it’s share of struggles particularly when you’re doing so in the public eye. Rolling Out featured the singer in a sexy photo shoot and sat down with her to talk growing up with famous parents, people-pleasing and embracing her womanhood.
Zonnique is definitely having her own “Control” moment reminiscent of Ms. Janet Jackson. Rocking a blue up-do and a fur coat with fishnet stockings, Zonnique shares it was time for her to do a “mature and sexy” photo shoot, and that she’s at a place in her life where the neon tutus and cheetah print tights of her OMG Girlz days just aren’t going to cut it:
“I just want to be timeless. That’s all I want. I’ve never had photos taken of me where I looked mature and timeless. I want to be able to put these up on my wall and for them to be considered as art.”
She shares that although 22 probably won’t feel much different from 21, she has noticed her confidence has grown:
“I don’t know if I feel any different from when I turned 21. I will say this, though: I feel a lot more confident. I feel like I understand who I am more as a person, and I’m not afraid to show that anymore.”
Zonnique is signed to her mother Tiny’s Pretty Hustle record label and recently accompanied her on tour with the singing group Xscape. She says although she was never afraid to show her individuality and femininity, she has been a people-pleaser in the past:
“I just wanted to make everyone happy. I’ve always been that way. I like pleasing people, and I think that if you spend so much time being a people pleaser, then you don’t get to spend as much time doing things that make you happy.”
She also says she’s guilty of over-thinking the moves she makes when it comes to balancing the impression she makes on her fans with her own wants and needs, as well as her family’s approval:
“Sometimes I have to really overthink every single move and make sure that it’s perfect. Not just for me, but I also have to think about my parents and my siblings. People will have things to say to them too, so I just try to be mindful of that.”
When it comes to the trolls that inevitably pop up in her Instagram comments, Zonnique says she’s unbothered, her parents, however, might just pop up with a reply:
“Yes. People [are] always leaving comments [on] their pages. My pops would curse them out. My mom too. But I’m used to it now, so I just try not to let it bother me. For some people, it’s hard for them to see you grow up because they are so used to seeing you in a certain way. Especially when they see you on TV. It’s almost like they think you are frozen in time until the next time they see you.”
Zonnique admits she still has a lot to figure out as an adult, but she’s been blessed with a great set of parents, and says when they’re not coming to her defense on social media, they’re keeping her humble:
“I’ve been blessed to see so much in my life that I know I wouldn’t have if I didn’t grow up with my background. Being with my parents all the time has taught me how to be cool about the good things in life. I don’t get all crazy and act like a groupie when I experience things that I love. And that’s because of them. They have helped me stay humble, and just be cool and appreciative about all of the good things in life that have come my way.”
You can read the interview in its entirety here and check out Zonnique in her recent appearance on The Real below: