Shot by Louie Banks, Ciara’s style for the shoot is very ‘presidential chic’ for a female candidate.
In her accompanying interview, she talks about her love for Janet Jackson, naming her album after her mother, evolving as a recording artiste, finding the perfect timing for love and more.
Read excerpts below.
On naming her album after her mum: With this album, it was named after my mom but it was inspired from the fact that I’m a new mom and I understand what it’s like to be in her shoes and see the world from her point of view. So I guess if you think about it, my last album was self-titled and now I’m naming it after my mom, it does have a progression and it makes me feel something really cool. I’ve been really in tune with my growth over the past few years, and I’ve been yearning to grow and to learn more and keep on discovering more about myself. In this case, with this album, I definitely feel like it’s my best body of work to date. I allowed myself to be the most vulnerable I’ve ever been and I was really in tune with what I felt. I thought it was really important to get lost in the music and not overthink things. That’s what these past few years have been about for me – growing and self-discovery. And also for my fans to get to know me more and to know that we’re all the same, we all go through the same things. What better platform than music to be able to share something that everyone can relate to, and help or inspire or just be able to relate with people. That was really important to me. That’s what this album is about. And I do feel like a mini Jackie!
On the evolution between her last two albums: I think the biggest difference is that with the first album I was fresh out of high school, and the second album I was turning 21, which is when you start to enter the early stages of young womanhood. Fast forward to now, I’m fully into womanhood. I’m doing big girl things! The transition from album one to two, y’know turning 21, is a huge deal in a sense. It’s one of those special years in our lives. It’s a milestone.
On love: I think that the one thing that’s important for a man when it comes to love is just timing. And that’s true for men and women. When it comes to love, females… we’re more likely to be more sensitive and allow ourselves to be more vulnerable. Guys, they’re used to being a little more fearful when it comes to love. I think when they decide to open up to love it’s really about timing, and what’s going on in their lives and when they want to. You can’t force anybody to love, they have to want to do that themselves. I think men are very simple. We are way more complicated beings, as females.
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