The exquisite Jada Pinkett-Smith covers the Summer 2011 issue of Uptown Magazine. Her cover is indisputably stunning; her ponytail shows off her gorgeous facial structure and a sleek black one-piece suit flatters her toned and curvy shape.

Inside, she sheds more of the wisdom and down-to-earth Baltimore-bred charm we’ve come to love her for. She speaks candidly about critics of Willow and Jaden’s careers and about giving up her music career to focus on her children.

On Ending Her Music Career

“I miss [my music career] tremendously, but it’s one of those things that I wear with a badge of honor because it expresses what I prioritize, and that’s my family. […] When Jaden did The Pursuit of Happyness, I was supposed to go on tour with Guns N’ Roses in Europe. It was probably the most heartbreaking experience. But what I realized is that sometimes God will place things in your life that will make you recognize what your priorities are. I adore my son; he’s my soul seed. There was no way that I was going to allow him to do [a movie] and not have his mother.”

On The “Stage Parent” Rumors

“There are so many other kids you can worry about. My kids? They’re going to be all right. I get why people would criticize. But people need to know that Will and I would never put our children in a situation that would bring them detriment. […] If I survived everything that I survived in Baltimore and Will survived everything he survived in Philly, these kids surely can survive the Hollywood game.”

Click here for more on Jada’s cover and also, tips for recreating her beauty looks. Pick up the new issue on newsstands now.

-Jessica C. Andrews

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