Singer Michelle Williams On Role Models, Instagram Anxiety & Why It's OK To Be The Odd One Out


What does it take to get to the top — without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standouts in their fields, peeling back the “hows” of their work and their life, taking away lessons we can all apply to our own.
Michelle Williams doesn’t stop.
After singing in Destiny’s Child from 2000 until the trio disbanded in 2006, the 33-year-old singer starred in Broadway shows like Aida and Fela!, released three solo albums, competed on “Strictly Come Dancing,” acted as an ambassador for the American Heart Association’s “Power to End Stroke” campaign, and memorably joined her old bandmates Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé onstage at the Super Bowl in 2013.
Born in Rockford, Illinois, to a nurse and a car salesman, Williams grew up singing in church and performing in gospel groups. She attended Illinois State University for two years before her music career took off, and still hopes to finish her education. “It gets to me that I never got my degree,” she told The Daily Mail in 2008. “Everyone in my family has one, and I’d like to go back at some point and finish it.”
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