“I don’t wear a dress regularly,” Ciara said after her cover shoot, “but even if I do, you have to put some attitude into it. I like a leather skirt, which gives you some toughness, but a feminine touch too. I like the androgynous thing with a hard edge: I make things rock ‘n’ roll — but still pretty.”
Ciara released her self-titled fifth studio album earlier this summer, which found itself hitting No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. While you might not find her latest tracks on mainstream radio, the album has received pretty great reviews as an R&B record. Ciara says her new music simply reflects her life in the present moment.
“The album is light and upbeat,” she said. “There’s a lot of love in it — a lot of heart and passion. It reflects the spirit and energy that I’m feeling right now. What people are hearing is my true self-expression and the energy I’m living.”
See more of Ciara in the gallery below.