Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, a third of the chart-topping, legendary girl group TLC, is known for several things: her voice, her baby hairs, her failed relationships with famous men. And there’s also her looks. It’s not everyday you see Black girls from Atlanta that look like Chilli. And it made her standout, particularly among her Black fans.
No doubt Chilli is a beautiful woman. So it should come as no surprise that people want to imagine that they look like her in one way or another.
Recently, on Twitter, one girl said that people tell her she favors Thomas. I’m sure it happens all the time. But Chilli responded in a way that many thought was a little too tart.
There are those who will immediately assume that saying someone doesn’t look like you is an insult, if you believe yourself to be attractive. And, in her defense, Chilli did say the girl was a doll, complete with the smiley face.
But I think people took issue with her listing the hair texture as not enough to qualify as a look-a-like. At the end of the day, the written word always reads more harshly than someone’s tone as they speak to you face to face. Not to mention, as a public highly admired figure, your words hold more weight than the average person. And they’ll be seen by more people. So, it’s not hard to see that Chilli’s tone could have been interpreted as frustrated or annoyed by the comparison. That’s certainly how the internet took it. Chilli was trending as a result, with people who saw it both ways.
See what they had to say on the following pages. And if you feel so inclined, let us know if you thought Chilli was being too sharp with the young lady.