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Cassie Talks 'King of Hearts,' Art School Aspirations and Dream Fashion Campaign

Cassie is strikingly beautiful, but the Bad Boy bombshell has taken some major hits during her music career. Despite the nonsense (and almost six years past her debut LP), the model-slash-singer reintroduced herself to fans with the release of "King of Hearts," an electro-pop record saluting her prince charming. (Ibiza, anyone?) The accompanying, semi-haunting visuals capture a scantily-clad Cas rocking Versace in a mansion and, well, looking effortlessly sexy while doing it.

VIBE Vixen caught up with the long-legged beauty before she heads to Paris Fashion Week. In full creative mode, she talks aspirations beyond modeling and music, why Tokyo and Paris inspire her style and why she'd raid Naomi Campbell's closet. --Jazmine Gray and Niki McGloster

VIBE VIXEN: You have a lot of great things going on. What are you most excited about?
CASSIE: Oh wow, I’m really excited for people to hear the new music. “King of Hearts” is so exciting for me—the video and everything, it’s definitely the best of me thus far in my music career. The rest of the music, I’m just excited for everybody to hear the rest of it. It’s different from “King of Hearts.”

You do a lot more modeling and videos than you do work as a recording artist. Which do you enjoy more: singing or modeling?
Honestly, everything is about right now. Right now, it’s all about the singing, but modeling is in my blood. I’ve been doing it since I was 12, so it’s just part of me. I can’t really say one or the other. I think they’re both just as important to me. Right now the music is what I’m loving. I’m in the creative mode; I’m finishing my album, but I’m still modeling, still doing everything at the same time, still working.

What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t doing either of those things?
Oh man, I couldn’t even imagine. I wouldn’t be the same person. Nah, but I probably would’ve gone to school and finished college. I really wanna go to art school. I even still wanna go to art school. That would’ve probably been something that I would’ve done—studied art history, interior design or something like that. Or I would be a chef but I don’t know how that would work out. I like to cook, but I don’t know if I’m necessarily good at it.

What would you say is your dream fashion campaign?
I mean there’s several. Maybe like a Louis Vuitton or a Fendi. No, you know, we want to talk these things, but you never know what could happen. I’m kind of down for anything. I love fashion so whatever comes my way would be my dream.

VV: What cities inspire your style?
Cassie: It’s got to be a tie between Tokyo and Paris. Tokyo used to be one of my favorite cities. I haven’t been there in so long, but I traveled there a lot on my first run in 2006 or 2007. We’re going to Paris on Friday (March 2) for fashion week, and it’s just inspiring. As soon as you land, you get the vibe in the environment, and you catch the flow. You just are automatically creative, and your outfits are way better I feel like.

Which celebrity would you make your "king of hearts"?
Anderson Cooper. I love Anderson Cooper. He’s always on CNN and I just watch him all the time. I'm joking though-- I don't know. You can put Anderson Cooper.

What celebrity closet would you like to raid?
Kate Moss or even Naomi Campbell because she’s probably got a lot of great stuff.

Can you name some of the top fashion do's and don'ts and/or pet peeves?
I think that anything that you want to do fashion wise, it helps if you play “King of Hearts” while you’re getting dressed. You gotta play the record and you automatically will have good style [laughs]! I don’t really give people do’s and don’ts in fashion. It’s creative! You should be able to do whatever you want. Fashion is self-expression. I can’t ever hate on anybody’s self-expression.

Anything you’d like to add?
Go get that single! And if you haven’t seen it, check out my website Cassiesuper.com

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