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.
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.”