Singer Ashanti has a new CD about to come out and you know what female singers must do whenever they have new music to promote. That’s right. They must pose in magazine’s like KING, Smooth and yes, even Maxim. Above we have Ashanti strutting her stuff in the June 2008 edition issue of the (White) men’s mag, and though she looks beautiful, it’s getting kinda old seeing women have to follow this formula in order to promote their ventures. Usher doesn’t have to pose half naked to get attention for his music. We know he will, but it’s by choice.
Sadly, for too many female artists they have no choice. Just as radio and performances are part of the promotional trail, so are men’s magazines like those named above. Thankfully Janet Jackson avoided going this route as she did with her last CD, and I think it’s about time other female artists start to follow suit. To think of it- I don’t think Alicia Keys or Erykah Badu ever went this route and yet their fans are still sticking buy them and most of all- buying their music.
[Update] Additional Ashanti promo-shots were just released today. Check them out below and one additional photo can be found on page 2.