Hip-hop star Missy Elliott is cautious about preaching to her young fans - because she's worried about scaring them away.

The WORK IT rapper, who talked a lot about role models on her 2003 album THIS IS NOT A TEST!, admits she's treading carefully when it comes to sending out inspirational messages to youngsters.

She says, "With kids, you have to draw back sometimes and not preach so much, because you can scare them away.

"I realised you have to reel them in a bit because it can almost get like you're a parent walking through the school dance with pamphlets or something.

"With kids, you have to do in and dance with them first, and then by the end of the dance, you have to say, 'How about church on Sunday?'"