WERQ: Kelly Rowland in Roland Mouret at the 2013 Winter Ball for Autism

Posted on December 04, 2013

It may not be the most interesting gown in the world…

Kelly Rowland attends the Winter Ball for Autism at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in a Roland Mouret gown paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.


But it’s hard to deny that she’s WERQing the shit out of this look – or at the very least, WERQing the shit out of DAT ASS.

Is it us or does she suddenly look like Donna Summer?



[Photo Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images]

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  • PatchworkJackie

    Please someone fast-track a Donna Summer biopic starring Ms. Kelendria here. PLEASE.

    • alyce1213

      Donna Summer has an interesting life story, I’d watch it.

      • Shawn EH

        The German years alone … Lifetime, are you listening?

        • Rand Ortega

          I think we can do better than that (Liz & Dick? Donatella? *shudders*). HBO at the very least. My suggestion would be getting Lee Daniels (the 21st century Douglas Sirk) to write and direct.

          • Shawn EH

            My sights are lower, it’s true: I’d be thrilled with a Gena Gershon/Donatella level production!

          • Rand Ortega

            Miss Donna was a pioneer in many ways, but controversial, too. I think she deserves a “Lady Sings The Blues”, “Sweet Dreams” or “Coal Miners Daughter” level biopic.

          • Shawn EH

            Thank that through, though: Diana Ross, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek …. and Kelly Rowland?

          • Rand Ortega

            Very true. But who knew who Angela Bassett was or how good until “What’s Love Got To Do With It”? The same for JHud before “Dreamgirls”.
            (And if Zoe Saldana can be cast as Nina Simone (!), anything’s possible)

          • E2_Remote

            Shut up, Zoe Saldana as Nina?? Love Zoe, but that casting is waaaaay off.

          • paultoes

            It’s happening. The movie will be out next year.

          • Rand Ortega

            Go into TLo’s search & type Nina Simone. You’ll find an incredibly intelligent, spirited discussion on that very topic.

          • Shawn EH

            Well, I knew, because of Malcolm X and Passion Fish; and J-Huds had the good fortune of being launched by the perfect vehicle for her talent (plus that stellar Sex in the City cameo); if they go big budget for Donna, however (and I doubt they will, her star had faded and was too linked too the maligned disco era, which only gets high concept “regrets” nostalgia pieces these days), you know they’ll also have to go for Beyonce or someone A-list. Who’s small but can act? What if it went to Michelle Williams rather than Kelly, she’s done Broadway, LOL!

          • Rand Ortega

            Of course, Shawn, but you’re in the minority as a far as general audiences go. Discerning film fans may have known AB’s work, film executives at the time didn’t, which is why it took a lot of convincing, even from TT herself, for AB to be cast (I know & have worked with several people who were on that shoot). No film about a person of color, particularly a woman, regardless of her Q, or that of the actress to play her, is an easy sell. WLGTDWI is 20+ years old. This years abundance (though the idea 6 films is an abundance is really pathetic) is an anomaly to say the least. However, like the films featuring African Americans this year, it takes talent like the Lee Daniels or Steve McQueens or even Ryan Murphys to make a project of this type their passion & sell it to the studios. A DS biography would have 2 elements going for it: An anti hero that went against what was expected of her race & gender by leaving the States to sing rock music in Europe, triumphantly returning to pioneer a new kind of music here; and the ’70’s/80’s are a very popular era for films to depict these days. “American Hustle” & “Dallas Buyers Club” immediately come to mind.
            So that’s my long winded way of saying I think a feature project is possible with KR as DS, if the right talent were on board to craft it then sell it.

          • Shawn EH

            I know, that latter part is kind of a minefield, because you’d have to tread carefully to negotiate her gay fan base, her gospel background, her spiritual rebirth (how do you logically put “Love to Love You Baby” with “I Believe in Jesus?” I can because I was buying everything she put out at the time, but it’s quite the journey). You’d really have to underline the historical context of the early days of the epidemic, too, when the closet was real and gay sex was outside of polite society. I agree the right director could sell it … what about Spike Lee in his new commercial phase?

            I can’t believe WLGTDWI was 20 years ago! I still remember the night I went to see it. Of course, come to think of it, the theater where I saw it is gone now….

          • Rand Ortega

            Wow. Heady stuff. Catnip for the right artist!
            I know. 20 years!

  • Introspective

    Ms Kelly is SERVING. Face, hair, body, butt. It all werqs and Im not mad at it.

  • kittenwithaquip

    Oh, I definitely see Donna Summer. And you’re right: DAT ASS! It is a thing of beauty and wonder.

    • conniemd

      If it was a magazine picture I’d swear DAT ASS was photoshopped.

  • Diego!


  • Hate the undone hair…coughwigcough….had that been in an updo, I’d be all about the WERQ.

    • Jessica Freeman

      My thoughts exactly…too. much. hair.

    • mshesterp

      And the makeup…I think she put it on with a trowel. But anything from the neck down I’m all about it.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I really hate her makeup here.

  • hughman

    This witch owns all the other hair salons Angela Bassett doesn’t.

  • Aidan B

    Holy shit.

  • lunchcoma

    I wasn’t getting what was so special about this, and then I saw that last picture. A dress that fits you like that is a prize to be treasured.

  • Nika E

    Yes ma’am

  • LaSylphide

    Now *that* is a great figure. And that’s the way to show off the girls. Awful hair, though. Why do all these beautiful women hide their faces under bangs (I’m talking to you, Octavia Spencer)?

    • makeityourself

      Aren’t the girls new? Like within the last few months? And didn’t she just get engaged?. I looked for a ring, and there isn’t one, so maybe I make all of this up as I go along.

      • LaSylphide

        Well, if the girls are fake, she’s certainly showing them off to good advantage. Usually, they are painfully obvious. Maybe the hair is hiding them.

      • kimmeister

        She augmented the girls a number of years ago. Not sure if she’s revisited their size since.

  • alyce1213

    That dress is fabulous on her body, no doubt. But her hair (wig) is too long, once again covering the nice neckline of the dress and décolletage. The bangs are giving a Donna Summer vibe big time, and yeah, she’s the one to play her.

    • Constant Reader

      The Lee Press On Nail reverse French manicure.

    • kimmeister

      Yes – it looks like her nails are developing gangrene.

      • fursa_saida

        I see blood blisters. It’s awful.

  • lesmaha

    yes, yes and yes!!!!

  • NBG

    Let this be a lesson to the stars who wear illusion mesh messes best suited for a GYN appointment, Miss Kelly is in long sleeves and a full length gown and looks sexier than all of you.

    • Stella Zawistowski


  • sagecreek

    I do like the cuff detail!

    I do not like the “yes, I paid my museum admission” pin.

    • AnguaVonUberwald

      But that’s the “Autism Speaks” logo. Or do you dislike that it is a logo?

    • MilaXX

      As mentioned it’s the Autism Speaks logo, not a fashion accessory. She’s wearing it because that’s the event she’s supporting.

      • alyce1213

        It’s a meaningful logo — a jigsaw puzzle piece, also shaped like a child.

  • Mona_Visa

    SLAIN by last photo. That is god’s own booty right there.

    • NBG

      Praise be, it sure is.

    • Julie

      I spat out my tea at your last line. LOL.

    • CakesOnAPlane

      Is it just me or does it seem to be reaching for the heavens?

  • smh4748

    Damn. I think that last picture throws some serious doubt onto everything we thought we knew about the laws of gravity.

  • That manicure is killer.

    • Sweetvegan

      Yes, I love that manicure!

  • Shug

    What do I need to do to have that booty? Good gawd, she is smokin’ hot. Love it.

  • MilaXX

    BAM! Kelly looks good!

  • mjude

    exactly donna summer realness. she looks great!

  • Morales Mike

    It’s not you TLo. In that first pic I was startled by the similarity in looks to Donna Summer.

  • marlie

    She DOES look like Donna Summer, though she also looks a little like the Black Sofia Vergara here, with the tight, mermaid gown, the bangs, and the cocker spaniel hair.

    • alyce1213

      … and great ass.

  • Wow, gorgeous!

  • boweryboy

    Oh, yes! She totally looks like Love is in Control era Donna Summer.

    I love the little zing of bling on her wrist, and that dress is bodacious booty badass.

  • French_Swede

    Oh my. She is gorgeous, the dress is gorgeous, love the nails …. perfect!

  • Snailstsichr

    Va Va VOOM!

  • zenobar

    Clearly I need to find a job that doesn’t involve sitting on my ass for eight hours a day.

  • rissa42210


  • Ginny Ellsworth

    She looks like she should be clipping the blooms off of long stemmed roses.

  • Rand Ortega

    Another moment of KABLAM! brought to you by Miss KTR.

  • Trickytrisha


  • not very festive, but my that is some prodigious ass!

  • Jacob Bowen

    That dress and body-ody-ody is DEFINITELY a WEERRRQQQ but I am annoyed by the bracelet because of the sleeve length. It looks the designer though a little design would look cute on the end of the sleeve but forgot to put it on the other.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Is that fabulous piece on her left wrist a cuff/bracelet or is it attached to the dress?

  • Kent Roby

    Minor quibble: the EKG cuff is interesting, but on top of the sleeve I first thought it was just bad embellishment. Major props for working the heck out of that simple dress (thanks to her killer bod and pretty face).

  • decormaven

    Looks great, and she knows it! Sail on, beauty.

  • Chaiaiai

    Puts down holiday cruller, begins squat routine in five, four, three….

    Also, Miss Kelly, you show all those tacky bitches with their dime store wigs how it IS DONE.

  • WOW. Nothing more articulate to add.

  • GeoDiva

    Her body is slamming!

  • She looks gorgeous in that lip color! And the dress fits so beautifully, makes her look so statuesque.

  • formerlyAnon

    WERQ is right!

  • quiltrx

    There must be some complicated rigging that makes her booty that perky all the time!
    And I dunno about the look…yes it fits her great, but with the clinging style and the big ol’ hair, it’s coming off a little Real Housewives to me.

  • YoungSally

    I don’t know about the black half moon manicure — to be honest it looks like what was left over when my lab supervisor accidentally shot a yag laser through his thumb.

  • webslice33

    that ass!!

  • LeelaST

    The allure of that silhouette escapes me.

  • pookiesmom

    Not a huge fan of this. That is one glorious, gravity-defying booty, though.

  • MGMcD

    Dear baby Jesus, please bring me the body of Kelly Rowland for Christmas.

    • MGMcD

      Wait. That’s not what I meant…

  • valerie747

    “WERK” vs “TWERK”, you decide. Close call.

    • valerie747

      PS – Linda Grey (Dallas) called, she wants her dress back.

  • StillGary

    I don’t know — it’s kind of Jolie with that hair — not my favorite look from this stunning lady but I too would love to see her in “Last Dance: Donna Summer!”

  • Milos Mom

    This looks so dated and plain. Blah. Bad call on this one boys.

  • Fred Vaughn

    Sometimes, competency has to suffice where WOW! factor can’t be there.