Mary J. Blige wows in lace corset with sheer skirt as she talks overcoming low self-esteem

Mary J. Blige wowed in a cover shoot for ELLE Magazine.

The songstress, 51, looked stunning in a sexy corset dress with sheer skirt which showcased her toned arms and legs.

The iconic artist discussed overcoming low-confidence, discovering her true beauty, and performing at the upcoming Super Bowl.

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Strike a pose! Mary J. Blige was looking fierce in a sexy corset dress with sheer skirt which showcased her toned arms and legs in a cover shoot for ELLE Magazine 

‘I didn’t feel beautiful—like for real for real, not just “Hey, I’m pretty” but actually believing it—until about 2016,’ she told Elle. ‘If you’ve been beat down mentally by someone, you’re never pretty enough. You’re never smart enough. Nothing’s ever good enough.’

Blige said she had ‘no real confidence’ while filming the 2017 drama Mudbound but overcame this by paying herself regular compliments in the morning.

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‘When I shot Mudbound, I was at my point of no real confidence,’ she said.

‘This chick is beautiful,’ she told herself every morning. ‘So I started to believe it and started to pay myself high compliments to get past that feeling and that fear.’

Mirror, mirror! Blige wowed in an elaborate fur coat and dazzling knee-high boots

Cover girl: Blige appears on the February 2022 cover of the fashion magazine 

And thanks to her character Florence, Blige learned to embrace her natural beauty and not put so much emphasis on wigs and makeup.  

The pep talks even found a way into her music, with her new song Good Morning Gorgeous inspired by the compliments she paid herself on the set of Mudbound.  

‘During Mudbound and when I was married, I was feeling so low. I had to pay myself the highest compliments, even if I didn’t believe it, just so I could build myself up,’ she said.  

Good Morning Gorgeous! Blige described overcoming low self-esteem with the help of regular compliments to herself 

Working it! Mary put her body on display in the sexy sheer dress 

‘I would do it in the morning, because that’s the time when your hair is not done and you don’t have on makeup. You’re just kind of dealing with yourself for real.’  

To this day she still tells herself in the morning: ‘Good morning, Gorgeous. I love you. I got you. I need you.’

There was no denying just how incredible Blige looked in her glamorous, salon shoot for ELLE.

The Be Without You singer looked incredible as she struck poses in an elaborate fur coat with her blonde hair cascading in loose waves and a pair of gold earrings jazzing up the look.   

Do not disturb! The songstress perused a hair style book as she kicked back with her glossy violet boots 

‘It’s like getting an Oscar nomination’: Blige, who was nominated for two Academy Awards for Mudbound, said of the Super Bowl half-time show

She was the epitome of cool as she sat about in the salon wearing a pair of shades. 

Blige is now preparing for her next big moment in the spotlight – the release of her album Good Morning Gorgeous, slated for release February 11, and the upcoming Super Bowl half time show.   

‘It’s like getting an Oscar nomination,’ Blige, who was nominated for two Academy Awards for Mudbound, said of the show. 

Blige will only be able to perform one song as she is headlining with four other artists – Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar – and is considering her track Family Affair. 

The last time Blige performed at the Super Bowl was in 2001 when she sang just a few words during a mash-up with Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears, and Nelly. 

But this time Blige will really be in the spotlight.   

‘This time I’m going to be front and center—Mary J. Blige, in her glory and greatness and swagger,’ she said. 

Back for more! Fans will soon be hearing even more new music from Mary with the release of her upcoming album Good Morning Gorgeous, slated for release on February 11

And thanks to her character Florence, Blige learned to embrace her natural beauty and not put so much emphasis on wigs and makeup

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