Bay Area representative Kehlani graces the front of Playboy‘s second-ever digital cover. The 25-year-old songstress spoke to the magazine about gender, songwriting during the COVID-19 pandemic, the sexiness of motherhood, and more.
At one point, Playboy culture writer Gerrick Kennedy asked the It Was Good Until It Wasn’t album creator to reveal something she has never spoken about in an interview before. Kehlani decided to share that she has a goal of providing support to women as they are giving birth and how she defines herself as a musician.
“I guess that I’m currently looking for a doula certification program. The one I’m waiting for is closed for now until the spring. I’m just really anxious to take it,” said Kehlani. “And then I’m trying to really figure out how to navigate wanting to become a full-spectrum doula, at the same time being an R&B singer – or a singer in general. I should stop limiting myself to the word ‘R&B.’ I guess I’ve also never revealed that I don’t consider myself an R&B artist.”
While “R&B artist” may not be the preferred way she would like to be defined, Kehlani seems to fully embrace the label of “mom.” When asked, as part of the “20 Questions” series, how it feels to be a sex symbol, the “Can I” performer pivoted to talking about the connection between motherhood and a newfound appreciation for her own body.
“I hope that people know that being a mom doesn’t make you less [sexy]. I think being a mom is the sexiest thing ever. I literally think something happened to me when I became a mom. I just became sexier,” explained Kehlani. “I don’t know. I think I was this little quirky person before, just this little quirky, not super in touch with themselves, super tomboy person before. And then I became this mom. And all of a sudden, I got these mom hips.”
She continued, “And I got this mom sensuality and grown woman attitude, and just this in-touch-ness with my body that I had never had before. Because you really f###### get to know your body when you birth. And when you get pregnant, you become a f###### universe and a portal. So I think motherhood has made me this insane sex symbol even to myself.”