You Go Girl! Keke Palmer is strutting her stuff for the new issue of, Rolling Out. Young Keke has been stripped away, but now, it really shows! She’s not Akeelah and the Bee anymore, but CrazySexyCool. After dealing with some backlash for being cast as Chilli in the up-coming biopic, she handled things with much dignity. “I’ve been patient in letting people adapt to me and my growth,” says the beautiful young woman. Well, if they hadn’t realized it before, they should now! Hit the jump and check out KeKe in a fire engine red two-piece.

JaaiR (JR)

Photos are in the gallery ABOVE!

Keke, if you were to pull a Hannah Montana to the Miley that we know now, instead of the Akeelah to Classy Keke – they’d still talk. WERK!

On proving that she’s an adult

If anything, it makes you look even more like a kid! As an adult, you don’t have to go around saying, ‘Hey, I’m an adult!’ That would be like saying, ‘Guess what — I’m black!’ You know it already. I just [try to] constantly be a professional by asking for what I need in the right way. I feel like you have to tell people who you are, but you don’t have to be disrespectful about it. But you also don’t have to be a shrinking violet. For a long time, when I was younger, I would always act like a little kid and I would just [bow] down because I would never want to feel like I’m being disrespectful to someone. But at the same time, I was like, ‘I’m 18-years-old and I’m not a kid anymore.’ I don’t have to wait for people to do things for me. I started saying, ‘No, that’s not OK. This is what I want. This is what I need from you. Please and thank you.’ At the end of the day, you’re going to have to speak up for yourself — and I learned that after always being, for lack of a better word, crapped on.

[But] I don’t think that’s a lesson that comes from the industry, I think that’s a lesson that comes from life. I think no matter what you do as a young kid — you can [even] take it from your family. You may go off to college, you’re becoming independent and you go back home and your parents treat you like a kid again. To a certain extent, everybody has their place in their family, but you have to say, ‘Mom and Dad, I actually have things to do.’ And I think that’s a lesson that happens to everyone and everyone has to learn that place in their life.”