K. Michelle has been active since 2009. The 34-year-old was welcomed into the R&B scene after signing with Jive Records. Her record deal produced singles like “Fakin’ It,” “Fallin,” and “I Just Can’t Do This.” Though her tracks earned spots on the charts, K. Michelle was still considered a bit of an underdog.
So, she kept working.
She joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta in 2012, which set her up to ink a new deal with Atlantic Records. Under her shiny new contract, she released Rebellious Soul, an album that hit no. 2 on the Billboard 200 and no. 1 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
Her following albums — Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? and More Issues Than Vouge — did comparatively well, but still… The R&B singer, songwriter, and television personality felt the need to reinvent herself. So, in December of 2017, she got herself a new name.
Well, not a new name…
Up until now, the singer’s stage name was her first name’s initial alongside her middle name. Now, the star will simply go by her first name when it comes to her work in the industry.
“No more K. Michelle. K. Michelle… peace. I’m going back to me, going back to who I am,” she began in an Instagram video. “Kimberly. 2018. Remember. I’m not answering to K. Michelle.”
In the caption, the artist said “hey” to her
new old self. She also made sure to say that she wasn’t changing her Instagram handle.
Just before she switched her name up (October 2017), reports that K. Michelle was going back under the knife hit the internet. Born Kimberly Pate, the singer decided to size down her derrière.
During an interview with LoveBScott years back, the star said she wanted her “normal shape back” because she didn’t want people “looking down at [her] a**” during business meetings or gatherings. She also said that she didn’t want her shape to prevent her from branching out into movies.
“For me, I want my normal shape back. I don’t need to have a man looking down at my a*s when I’m trying to talk numbers. I don’t need to not be able to get the role. Like, I wanna be in Jurassic Park! Let me be in Jurassic Park! I don’t need to not be able to run through Jurassic Park because my a*s is too heavy. Before the dinosaurs come to eat me, I need to be able to go!”