7uPAXMQLtlEProwess & Power: The Real Adrienne Bailon MADE March 18, 2016 MADE Features In a microwave generation where it’s hard to keep the attention of anyone nowadays, Hollywood careers can heat up and grow cold faster than the usual 15 minutes of fame. Adrienne Bailon has kept the world’s attention over the past 15+ years as a singer-songwriter, actress, dancer and television personality who entertains and inspires through her drive to evolve. This evolution is powered by a strong motivation for rising to the top and her hunt for success is only getting warmed up. “Sometimes the people who have the craziest ideas are the ones who actually accomplish things,” she reflects while lounging on a dark blue couch in sunny downtown Los Angeles, California. This is the place where she calls home after having the crazy idea as a little girl that she could accomplish her dreams while growing up thousands of miles away in New York.” “I grew up in the projects of the lower east side from a Latino family and English is my second language,” she continues, eyes widening. “There is nothing special about me. I was given a special opportunity. I took full advantage of it and that is the biggest message you can send anybody. If I can do it, then you can too.“ With an honest foundation about where she came from and who she is, Adrienne built a colorful career by being “focused, courageous and somewhat crazy”, which are her recommended traits for how anyone can grow to be successful. After years of accomplishments in music with her claim-to-fame girl group 3LW and the global fairytale success as a member of Disney’s singing group The Cheetah Girls, her recent success is with another type of girl group on a different television network. Adrienne co-stars as one of five outspoken hosts on FOX’s daytime talk show, The Real. She is joined by Tamera Mowry-Housley (Actress), Jeannie Mai (Actress), Tamar Braxton (Singer-Songwriter), and Loni Love (Comedian) to be the bold, unapologetic voices for women in a diverse generation. “We call our show “The Little Show That Could” because we’re all minorities and people saw the show as just being urban,” she explains. “Our audience has expanded and people no longer see us as just the urban show, but as a great talk show that people can relate to regardless of your skin color.” As a veteran of floating through many group scenarios with women, there is still a strong sense of uplifting in continuing to work with fellow women in the entertainment industry. The ladies promote the same sisterhood behind the scenes as they do when the cameras are rolling by praying for each other, supporting their individual achievements outside of the show and speaking words of encouragement, even when it’s a reality check during times where they want to complain. “We remind ourselves that we prayed for this,” she says about coming to her senses on hard days. “I never forget that I’m complaining about something that – two years ago – I was praying, “God please give me this opportunity.” What you’re complaining about, someone else is praying about.” Being empowered to live her dream also puts Adrienne in a position to give back to those she can influence. From the viewers watching at home to her personal hairstylist that she traded jokes with on the set of her MADE Magazine photo shoot, giving opportunities to those that look like her are critical. “It is so important to empower young women to give back to the community and spark inspiration in young people,” she says. “Hopefully that’s what we spark on The Real. Being transparent and saying that none of us are perfect, we are all absolutely flawed, we’re all on a journey, we’re in different places in our lives, but we’re all trying to get there will hopefully make young women relax. That’s life…enjoying the passage and getting to the next place.” She helps herself get to the next place by staying spiritually grounded and giving herself the necessary pep talk when no one else is around. “Empower yourself when no one else empowers you” is a motto that she’s adopted and encourages everyone to follow through with. Luckily, for a woman who’s made a successful career out of always connecting with other powerful women, there will always be a great bond of sisterhood to elevate her on her journey. “There is nothing like women supporting other women,” she gushes. And that’s real.