Two-time Grammy Award winner India.Arie's anthem "I Am Not My Hair" has inspired many women. In the song, India sings: I am not my hair. I am not this skin. I am not your expectations, no no. I am not my hair. I am not this skin. I am a soul that lives within.
India says she was hurt by Don Imus's remark about the Rutgers basketball team, but she was not surprised by it. "Being a black woman who looks the way I do and sings about the things I sing about in the music industry, I get talked about like that all the time," she says.
India admits that people in the music industry have told her that if she wore certain clothes or changed other aspects of her image that she could be more successful. "I've had people tell me, 'If you do 'this,' you can make more money," she says. "I know I can make a lot more money, but I do it [my] way."