07/31/2013 12:47 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Kelly Rowland For Essence Is Giving Us Gorgeous Gothic Goddess For The September Issue (PHOTO)

The all-important September issues are starting to roll out and we've got an early favorite: Kelly Rowland for Essence.

The singer is seen beaming a bright beautiful smile on the cover. Her joyful expression helps brighten the moody, Gothic styled ensemble she's rocking -- a black beaded, peek-a-boo boydsuit by Furne One is teamed with a luxe fur vest by Ashley B and blinged up with Basile & Pape Bespoke and Jennifer Fisher jewelry. We love the edgy look and we're also digging her deep purple pout (take that ASAP Rocky)!

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In the issue, the 32-year-old opens up about her career, her relationship with Beyoncé and finding personal strength -- figuratively and literally. Aside from her workouts with trainer Jeanette Jenkins, Kelly has taken up boxing.

“I see the beauty in boxing,” she says. “It teaches me strength, physically but mostly mentally. I had to learn my strength, because for so long I could have been tougher than I was.”

Head over to to read more from Kelly's interview and make sure to pick up the issue when it hits newsstands on August 9th.



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