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She’s been performing on stage for millions of fans since she was just 15 years old, but Brandy says that competing on Dancing With the Stars is one of the hardest things she’s ever done. “You have to be brave to do something like this,” she tells OK!. “The nervousness can be very overwhelming.” At an exclusive fashion shoot with OK!, Brandy, 31, and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 30, talked about DWTS and their chances of winning.

What’s the most important thing being on Dancing With the Stars has taught you?
Brandy: Staying in the moment. Dance is all about trusting the moment and letting the dance flow through you, instead of over analyzing.

It’s a lot of exercise. How are you feeling?
Brandy: Great, very energized. I’m starting to develop some calf muscles and we all want those Britney Spears legs, so if I keep dancing and keep doing my lunges, I’ll have some killer legs. And my midsection is looking a little muscular. Not a six-pack yet but watch out, Janet Jackson!

What surprised you about doing DWTS?
Brandy: The level of fear that comes with the show is unexpected. You are so
nervous on Mondays. There’s judgment, constructive criticism and being compared to other people. I’m really proud that I’m able to get out there every Monday.
Maks: I think she retains choreography quick, but she still gets nervous on Mondays and it can jeopardize our performance. But I feel like now, week by week, she gets more and more comfortable.

Are you enjoying the costumes?
Brandy: Oh, when I wear the costumes I feel like a completely different
person. With the hair and the makeup — I feel like a real-life Barbie doll. My favorite so far was the one for the samba. It was really tight at the top and flowy at the bottom. I felt really sexy in it and I don’t feel sexy a lot in my real life!

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Are you a fashionista?
Brandy: I’m coming into my own. I’m a T-shirt and jeans girl. I also love a nice boot and an open-toe shoe. Louis Vuittons are my favorite.

How does your 8-year-old daughter, Sy’rai, feel about seeing you on DWTS?
Brandy: She’s so proud of me now. But at first when I told her I was going to do it, she said: “But Mama, you can’t dance!”I feel like a completely different person. With the hair and the makeup — I feel like a real-life Barbie doll. My favorite so far was the one for the samba. It was really tight at the top and flowy at the bottom. I felt really sexy in it and I don’t feel sexy a lot in my real life!

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Are you a fashionista?
Brandy: I’m coming into my own. I’m a T-shirt and jeans girl. I also love a nice
boot and an open-toe shoe. Louis Vuittons are my favorite.

How does your 8-year-old daughter, Sy’rai, feel about seeing you on DWTS?
Brandy: She’s so proud of me now. But at first when I told her I was going to do it, she said: “But Mama, you can’t dance!”

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Do you have a boyfriend?
Brandy: No. I don’t have a boyfriend. It gets lonely. But I’m waiting, because I think when you look you don’t find love. I’m tired of frogs. You’re recording again.

How is that going?
Brandy: Music is definitely my first love. This album is going to be rooted in R&B, which I haven’t sung in a long time. So, I’m really excited about it.
Do you think you can win DWTS?

Brandy: Definitely, anything is possible.
Maks: I think she can win this; I think this season is very much open.

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