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When Fantasia talked about having a new image after the JET magazine cover fiasco, she was not playing. Next month, the singer will grace the cover of the May issue of Upscale magazine and we have to say she is looking better than ever before — and we all know she has good reason.

Today, Fannie’s new album, Side Effects of You, hits shelves — or make that iTunes — and if you haven’t already heard her new single Without Me with Missy Elliott and Kelly Rowland you are surely missing out. Trust that when Fantasia tells Upscale she’s winning again, she means it.

Inside the issue, the Grammy-nominated platinum artist talks about being a different woman from the “American Idol” winner we first met back in 2004 and how her story, with all its ups and downs, inspires other women. Check out these snippets from her interview:

On being open and honest

“Everything that I’ve talked about and put out there, it’s helped someone. It might not have helped the person who had something smart to say or had a joke or whatever, but there’s 10 other people that’s inspired by my story. So I wouldn’t change anything. I’m just going to continue to be that person that is open and honest because that’s me, that’s Fantasia.”

On loving herself

“The first thing I want is peace, peace of mind. Being able to be comfortable in my own skin, being able to say ‘this is what I want to do’ instead of trying to please everybody else.”

On people relating to her

“The things that I go through, people go through everyday. I’ve had some rough times and some moments that I wouldn’t say I’m very proud of, but I can say that for me, I’m glad that I was able to let it out. I believe that’s when we become not real, that’s when we become fake—when we try to make things look like it’s just so perfect.”

Are you buying Fantasia’s album today?


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