Ciara Covers #Legend Magazine: Talks New Album, Wedding, & Modeling

Ciara does it all.

The multi-faceted star struts her stuff in the October issue of #legend magazine. In the photos, shot by Dennis Leupold, CiCi stuns in a variety of high-fashion looks include a tuxedo dress by Versace, a leopard-and-snakeskin-print Givenchy coat, and a bejeweled crown.

In addition to modeling the season’s hottest looks, Topshop USA’s Brand Ambassador opens about how she’s been able to live out all of her childhood dreams—except for one.

“It’s funny,” says CiCi. “I used to say I would model and act. Those were my two things growing up. It’s funny because I ended up doing it all, plus being an entertainer. But before I had a career as an entertainer, those two were something I was constantly about. Going further back, I thought about becoming a lawyer.”

Although she isn’t a lawyer, Ciara is embarking on a new phase of her career with a new album, a partnership with IMG Models, and a new marriage.

See more photos and read highlights from the interview below.

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Ciara Covers #legend Magazine

On her new album: “Well, I’m making an album. That’s really exciting, it’s something I’m taking my time on. I want to make sure that I put myself in every part of it, all my creative thoughts, feelings, everything on this album. But I can’t say where I am in the process right now. I don’t want to mark a specific point but what’s important is that it will be something for the fans, whom I’m very grateful for. I’m not at a place where I’m ready to share the creative details because I want it to be special for my fans when I do share it. I want it to be exciting when it’s time for me to share it. I can’t wait for that day to come.”

On current musical taste: “I’m into old-school tunes. I have been loving the Bee Gees. I’ve been loving Diana Ross. I love Bruno Mars, when he sings live, he’s amazing. I go between old school and new, really. It depends on the day. When I feel like an old soul, I love old school but I also do love Drake. Yeah, Bruno Mars and Drake are some of my favorite artists from this generation.”

On her wedding to Russell Wilson: “It was honestly so beautiful and I really felt like I was in a fairy tale. It was everything I hoped for. Everything I could have hoped for, dreamed of, happened on that day. It was memorable. We spent two days with all the people that we love, your family and your close friends. I’m definitely still floating, it’s only three months ago and it’s crazy how time goes by.”

On motherhood: “Motherhood, oh my gosh, it’s one of the best jobs in life. My family, my son and my husband, those are the things that keep me grounded and centred and there’s no better feeling than coming back and seeing him smile after a long day. You put him in a bath, you put him in bed, read a book, those moments are great to end the day and keeps life in perspective because all your child wants from you is love. They don’t care about a lot of the things we care about anyway. Being a mom is part of what motivates me in my every day life.”

On IMG Models partnership: “I’ve been fortunate over the years; I’ve had really cool collaborations and been part of cool campaigns. I’ve been blessed to have friends that I’ve met in the fashion world. It’s been an inspiring adventure. The exciting thing about the partnership with IMG is that I can. The ultimate goal is to do more. As an entertainer, fashion and music go hand in hand. There’s no one better than IMG to do that. I want to pose more in fashion shoots and do more cool fashion partnerships.”

On modeling icons: “I have great respect for models I believe really pave the way: Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Kate Moss. Those women and others in that era were such superstars and they defined what being a model is, what being a superstar model is. I have great respect for those girls because not only are they beautiful but also they are very bold. They’re true businesswomen who found a way to not just walk the runway but to build a brand.”

On her aspirations: “It’s always been my intention to have my own clothing line. That’s one of my goals. It’s all about timing and making sure I have everything set up, but I’ve definitely always had a goal to have my own line and to be successful with it.”

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SZA Says She ‘Quits,’ Blasts TDE for Album Delay

Is SZA quitting the music biz?

The Top Dawg Entertainment songstress made the surprising announcement today (Oct. 3), revealing that her album has been held up by her label, namely TDE president Terrence “Punch” Henderson.

“I actually quit,” tweeted SZA. “@iamstillpunch can release my album if he ever feels like it . Y’all be blessed.”

Punch has yet to directly respond to the tweet. However, shortly after her post was published, he shared an image of Heath Ledger’s Joker laughing with “Lol” as a caption.

In March, Punch praised SZA’s upcoming project during an interview with Billboard.

“Her project is bananas right now,” he said. “It’s phenomenal. Between her last album and this one, there’s so much clarity in her vocals and her tone. It’s much more deliberate than it was on [Z]. There was a lot of ambient, vibe-y, moody type sounding records [on that album]. With this one, she’s giving you her, with a level of clarity that you haven’t heard from her yet.”

In 2012, SZA released her debut EP, See.SZA.Run. After joining TDE in 2013, she released that year’s S and 2014’s Z. Her forthcoming project, A, is still awaiting a release date.

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Tyler, the Creator Praises Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde,’ Criticizes Fashion Trends

Tyler, the Creator is a man of many hats.

Recently, GQ sat down with the rapper-designer-businessman to talk about all of his endeavors, from his Golf Le Fleur sneakers to his IKEA aspirations.

But beyond that, the Odd Future MC also opened up about his views on rapper trends, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, and the most stylish woman of all time.

See highlights from Tyler’s latest GQ interview below.

On style: “I mean, everyone’s in, like, what? A torn tee of some band they don’t like. Some ripped jeans. A dad hat. Everyone is wearing dumb tour tees right now. That shit is weird. You don’t even like that band. Why are you wearing that?”

On Gold Le Fleur sneakers: “Making a shoe isn’t easy. I’m still putting finishing touches on it and trying to make sure it’s the perfect shoe so I don’t have to worry about shit later. So I can just focus on cool colorways and cool shit to do around it. So putting finishing touches on it. It’s coming soon. They’re fucking sick and I’m really hyped. I hope that it’s successful so I can sponsor people that I think are cool, whether I’m sponsoring just the skate kids that I see. Or like artists that I’m a fan of. Or racers. There’s a whole subculture of kids who ride go-karts, for real. Sponsoring random shit like that that, I’m into. Everyone goes for the basketball players and football players and stuff.”

On Frank Ocean’s Blonde: “I liked it a lot. Like, it’s my favorite thing from him. It’s weird because I’m friends with him and this album made me so, so, so much of a fanboy. It’s crazy because I was with him when it came out, like that week or whatever, and I kept complimenting him on certain songs, certain little things that I liked in different songs. And I low-key think he started getting annoyed cause I just kept badgering him about how much I liked the album. But I really, really fucking like it. And I’m really hyped for him and he’s hyped and shit’s great.”

On IKEA: “As gross and cheap as some people may think they are, I really like Ikea for how minimal some of their designs are and how easy it is to put together for someone my age or anyone. Like, all you have to do is read the instructions and figure it out. And I think that would be cool. I want to make furniture for people. I think that they’re very accessible how they do their thing because anyone could shop there. It’s not elite. It’s not super expensive at 50k for a couch or cheap-ass fuck like $50. It’s a cool middle ground where everyone can go and find something. So if I could do something with a furniture company, as obvious as it would sound, it would probably be Ikea.”

On most stylish women: “Elizabeth Taylor had the most fire jewelry ever. Her jewelry game was stupid. Gwen Stefani had really, really, really cool style. Even up until now, but in her early days when she was in the band, and then when she started venturing off in Japan. That was really sick to me. And Missy always looked cool in her videos.”

On whether his goal is to Work with big fashion houses: “Fuck no.”

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Logic Announces New Album ‘AfricAryaN’

Logic’s AfricAryaN is on the way.

During a live-streamed episode of Dan Harmon’s podcast on Sunday (Oct. 2), the Visionary MC revealed that his next LP will be titled AfricAryaN, confirming the spelling in a since-deleted tweet.

The episode’s audio has not been released, but fan Twitter account @LinesOfLogic summarized the episode, noting that “apparently the concept is based on the fact that humanity stemmed from Africa and has to do with humans going from black to white.”

In April, Logic revealed unreleased lyrics set to appear on his next album during an interview with Rolling Stone. In hindsight, the rhymes seem to be connected to the new album’s title.

“I feel the Aryan in my blood is scarier than a Blood,” he rhymes in the clip. “Been lookin’ for holy water, now I’m prayin’ for a flood / It feel like time passin’ me by slower than a slug.

“But my beautiful black brothers wanna act like I’m adopted,” he continues. “Go back in time to when my ni**a daddy impregnated my cracker momma and stopped it / Somebody pinch me / Black man screaming, trying to convince me / I’m not black so why the white man wanna lynch me?”

In June, Logic released his surprise mixtape Bobby Tarantino to hold fans over before his third album’s release.

AfricAryaN — the follow-up to 2014’s Under Pressure and last year’s The Incredible True Story — is due next year.

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Toni Braxton Hospitalized for Lupus; Birdman Rushes to Her Side

Toni Braxton has been hospitalized for the past four days and is in serious condition due to complications from her ongoing battle with lupus, according to TMZ.

Braxton’s rumored boyfriend Birdman reportedly rushed to her side in the midst of a tour run with Jaquees.

The hospitalization comes just days before the “Braxton Family Values” star is set to launch her own “Hits Tour.” Scheduled to begin Oct. 8 in Oakland, the run is slated to end Nov. 12 in Atlantic City. No word yet on if or how this will impact the trek.

Last year, Braxton spoke about her issues with lupus during an interview with The Huffington Post.

“Some days I can’t balance it all,” she said. “I just have to lay in bed. Pretty much when you have lupus you feel like you have the flu every day. But some days you get through it. But for me, if I’m not feeling well, I tend to tell my kids, ‘Oh mommy’s just going to relax in bed today. I kind of take it easy.’”

At the time, she also explained how lupus has impacted her performances. “That’s the toughest part, when I have to perform,” she explained. “So often, when it’s like that, it’s a lot of, ‘You sing!’ to the audience, you know. They kind of help me out a little bit without realizing it.”

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Chico’s and Karen Kane

What Wendy’s Wearing:

• Black mock neck top by Chico’s

• Black and white knit jacquard skirt by Karen Kane

• Caramel fishnet tights by Nude Barre

• Pink ribbon pin by Margo Manhattan

• Silver hoop earrings by White House|Black Market

• Silver cuff by R.J. Graziano

• Wendy’s own silver “Serpenti” watch by Bulgari

• Wendy’s own diamond bracelets

• Pink ribbon midi-cateye glasses by Divalicious Jewelry

• Black leather ‘Wave” pumps by Dior

• Black leather double front flats by Christian Louboutin

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Watch Solange’s Videos for ‘Cranes in the Sky’ and ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’

Just days after releasing her new album, A Seat at the Table, Solange serves up the first two visuals from the project.

Co-directed by Solange and her husband Alan Ferguson, the stunning videos reveal what the R&B songstress has been teasing on Instagram in recent weeks.

One of those clips — “Cranes in the Sky” — is a whimsical look at Solange in various settings, dancing gently while singing about her sadness. “I thought a new dress would make it better,” she sings. “I tried to work it away, but that just made me even sadder.”

Solange continues with angelic harmonies and impromptu dance moves in shifting locations on “Don’t Touch My Hair.” Sampha joins her here, both in the song and in the visual.

“Don’t touch my hair,” she commands. “When it’s the feelings I wear / Don’t touch my soul / When it’s the rhythm I know.”

Released last week, A Seat at the Table has already garnered positive reviews. But it’s been a particularly moving experience for the R&B songstress herself, who’s said the LP is a “raw” reflection of her life.

“I think anytime that you’re really open and raw like that with yourself, it is a little scary because you never know what you’re going to discover along the way,” she told W magazine. “You never know what you’re going to find out about yourself, and about your entire experience of life. I was taking a huge step by being so vulnerable and open. But what’s really interesting about this is that it’s the album that I was destined to write since I was in third or fourth grade.”

Stream A Seat at the Table here.

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$10 Million Dollars Worth of Jewelry Stolen From Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian West was robbed of millions of dollars worth of jewelry while visiting Paris on [October 2]. It is reported she was tied up during the robbery and her wedding ring was taken along with other valuables. Kardashian West’s spokeswoman said that she was “badly shaken but physically unharmed” after being held at gunpoint. The robbers escaped with a ring worth about $4.5 million and a jewelry box worth $5.6 million.

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