Back to Black: Ciara Graces The Cover of 'PAPER Magazine'
A few weeks ago PAPER Magazine shot Ciara for their upcoming September 2013 issue and Ciara brought haute glam full throttle. Garbed in Christian Siriano and sporting a bold red lip, she opened up to the magazine about the progression of her music, style and her very serious relationship with fellow ATL native, rapper Future.
On Letting her Guard Down:
"I want my fans to get to learn more about me. I’ve been very blessed with my success, but my music hasn’t given a clear voice to who I am. I thought it was better to be private, but self-reflection helped me to say, ‘You need to live more. If you worry so much about things, your head is going to explode. Just live. Something has to give.’ I was holding back so much that I wasn’t letting myself explore and live."
On Being a Tomboy:
"I don’t wear a dress regularly, 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."
On Working With Nicki Minaj:
"She invited me to be on her album, Pink Friday Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up and I invited her to be on mine. I didn’t feel like there was any other person I wanted for that song. She came in and murdered the verse!” Not shockingly, the two had fun making the video, despite the exigencies of the shoot. “We didn’t sleep. We shot for about 25 hours. After a while, my body kept dancing, but my brain wasn’t there. At the end, I joked, 'Now, I’m out'."
Why She's Not That Bitter Ex:
"It’ll come to light. Whatever energy a person gives you, they’ll have to deal with that. I’m not necessarily going to be so direct in a song."
On Her Relationship With Future:
"He’s very understanding and he’s my best friend. It’s important to have a feeling that you can talk about anything and know a person’s going to be there and support you. When we’re together, it’s not about who we are. I feel very normal, very safe and loved. Being able to speak about it is a whole different thing for me. I’m not thinking or caring too much about what anybody has to say anymore. Once you start over-thinking and worrying, you start getting close to insanity. I want my sanity and a life and happiness."
Photo Credit: Paper Magazine