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Destiny’s Child Defends New Song

April 18, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Destiny’s Child’s new single ``Nasty Girl,″ which chastises scantily clad women and tells them to ``put some clothes on,″ may seem contradictory coming from a trio known as much for their bare midriffs as their soulful sound.

But the group says there’s a difference between dressing sexy and dressing nasty.

``A classy girl can wear something classy and still be sexy,″ singer Beyonce Knowles told The Associated Press on Tuesday night, dressed in a short miniskirt.

``It doesn’t mean you can’t wear your stomach out or wear a short skirt. That doesn’t mean you’re nasty, because you dress sexy. It’s how you carry yourself,″ she added.

Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were dressed casually as they celebrated the release of their book, ``Soul Survivors: The Official Autobiography of Destiny’s Child,″ at a party in midtown Manhattan. In the book, they discuss some of the turmoil that has engulfed the group _ three former members left under acrimonious terms _ and about their childhood.

``We got a chance to put all the rumors to rest. I think it gives people the chance to know Destiny’s Child on a personal level,″ Williams said. ``Like us growing up _ how some of us dealt with bullies, and self-esteem. I know for me, I had no father figure ... it’s a lot of things people will know and learn about.″

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