Ciara Covers “Women’s Wear Daily”

Ciara Ciara Princess Harris — Ciara to her fans — brings three publicists, a personal assistant, a bodyguard and two rodent-sized dogs to her WWD photo shoot. Travel light, she does not. But there is nothing else diva about the multiplatinum pop and R&B star; she’s unceasingly polite, energetic and game for just about anything during the eight-hour shoot. Plus, staying fresh is what pop music is all about, and reinvention à la Madonna what its female stars must aspire to. So who can fault Ciara — whose third album, “Fantasy Ride” (LaFace/Jive), drops May 5 — for her team of image custodians? Even the bodyguard lends an aura of white-hotness to the 23-year-old: She is magnetic to the point of posing a safety risk.



Speaking of risks — and if the Richard Prince for Louis Vuitton bag on her arm is any indication — Ciara has of late been taking a few herself, of the fashion-forward, supervixen sort. It’s a departure for the Grammy winner, who in the past has opted for sporty-street styles and was even featured in a 2007 ad campaign for Jay-Z’s junior streetwear label, Rocawear.

“I’m all about the power and the strength right now,” Ciara says. “I’ve started to just take on that mind-set — ‘Try it! Try something different. You can do this!’” Take the video for “Go Girl.” She is a sleek and sultry secretary one minute — with a black bob, black lips and a black smoking (a look seemingly plucked from Yves Saint Laurent’s fall ’08 runway) — and a metal bikini-clad, Mugler-esque superheroine the next. And in the video for her chart-topping duet with Justin Timberlake, “Love Sex Magic,” Ciara slithers around her costar in monochromatic bodysuits and heels.

She’ll also be rocking a power-babe look when she opens for Britney Spears’ Circus Tour in the United Kingdom. Then there’s her “Fantasy Ride” album artwork, designed by Marvel Comics’ Bernard Chang, which depicts Ciara as her superhero alter ego, Super C.

Gone are the days of swimwear-as-daywear, one of the singer’s sartorial standbys during the promotion of her first album, 2004’s “Goodies,” released when she was 18. For better or worse, that look — one-pieces worn with low-rise jeans or bikini tops paired with baggy track pants — was all Ciara’s idea. “From the very beginning, it was always a reflection of me. I was very vocal, always vocal,” she says of her early style. “It worked for me at that time, and [the label] just let me roll with it.”

To be fair, Ciara’s “Fantasy Ride” push is not unlike those of other pop music starlets, who have successfully used the release of a new album to herald a dramatic change, whether image- or sound-related (ideally, both). “The Emancipation of Mimi,” for example, famously reignited Mariah Carey’s waning career in 2005. And Rihanna was a sunny R&B singer with two albums under her belt until 2007’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” turned the Barbados-born performer into a fierce fashionista and umbrella-wielding international sensation. However, Ciara seems even more in control of her look five years — and millions of records — after her debut.

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40 Comments

  1. Ciara compared to MADONNA? :lol2: :lol2:

    She is looking painfully mannish and draggish in these shots.

    Mami CiCi, you might as well better give it up. Your time is over!

  2. SHUG HER TIME JUST STARTED AND U BETTA HOLD ON TO THE FANTASY RIDE!!!!! MAY 5TH!!!! GOOD LOOK CICI!!!

  3. AWFUL! everything is just awful. The article is boring and the pictures are terrible. She needs to do something about that look. :noway:

  4. Ciara looks cute but I feel she is just TRYING WAY too hard! And for once she looks like a woman and not a tranny. ANYWHO good thing she’s recognizing women. 🙂

  5. I love the Dress in the 5th picture the rest is not appealing to me, I don’ t know cIARA is gorgeous but she needs a team of war dogs, ready to do extra hours bloggin and call people names to defend her ,Paying online blogs to advertise her,Starting rumors about her then acting like poor little ciara is jealoused by “bitter” black women hating on her beauty, Ciara need an army behind her to push her down our throats and she will be fine, Playing low-key only works for women like Alicia keys,Mary j,J.hud Keyshia even Jaz.S, Low key work for them But my advice to Ciara is to get on it, If you wanna stay up,You can do it you’ re only 23 I still Like you 😆

  6. i don’t really like these and i don’t like either of her songs.

  7. That’s a big coup for her to get a WWD cover. :bowdown: :bowdown:

  8. I don’t know. For some reason, I think that Ciara’s music career is at a standstill or basically over. Seems like she is pulling out every trick in the book to get attention and remain relevant. Her new video with Justin Timberlake is nothing more than soft porn.

  9. I’m all about uplifting sistas, so I will say that I like the first pic. :brownsista:

  10. I’m sorry, I am not a big Ciara fan. I think she’s trying–and failing–to channel Aaliyah. I mean, didn’t Baby Girl have an animated version of herself also? And why does she need three publicists?

  11. i’m not feeling cici on these pic,i feel its just to early for the whole revamp,i know that she is growing as a woman and that is very healthy but for a career she shud stick to her tough sexy tomboy image for 2 more years……i love all her songs and cnt wait for may 5th.

  12. :lol2: Speak your mind people,Speak your mind, Don’ t try to be the most positive person ever You look fake,I love ciara and I think she is cute, But these pictures are plain and boring to me, But i agree with Shante, She needs war Team Behind her

  13. :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

    this girl tryin way too hard. why hire rihanna stylist, mariel haenn?

  14. that fourth picture reminds me of janet…..pleasure principle.
    anyways……i could sit here and talk about what i think about ciara…but i’m hella tired and riding that crimson tide……
    done. :brownsista: :koolaid:

  15. I don’t get the thing with the dogs and the entourage and 3 publicists and crap….Ciara ain’t that important….but I like her a bit tho….the pics are boring though and she’s not “fierce” in photoshoots….it comes off fake like she;s trying to be a model or whoever she’s trying to be…she just always comes off fake to me….and her career seems to be at a standstill or even over to me too….I hope she finds the right route tho…gud luck to her.

  16. I do not understand why people say she looks like a tranny at times. If Ciara wasn’t Ciara, and just a regular woman walking down the street, the same people who is saying she looks like a tranny whould be saying, awe, she looks cute.

    Secondly, I do not think she is trying to hard to get attention far as her style is concern. I just think she is growing up (23 years old) and is trying to find the right look for her; that comes with trail and error. I am sure you guys have worn things before and your girl firned said, “Girl that is not cute.” Or, you look at a picture you took years ago and said to yourself, “What was I think?”

    Same with me, I just turned 25. I have been switching up a lot lately (especially with hair stlyes). I am trying to find that right woman look for me. I am sure if most of you will be real with yourself, when you was around Ciara age you was always switching up your style as well, until you found what was best for you. Or, you be wearing the same hair style and clothing for years and if that is the case then it is time for change!

    I am glad that Ciara is trying different things and is not letting people put her in a box. Most people stay and look the same for years. Don’t be afraid of change. I am glad she is changing. I am so buying the album.

    With that being said, I do think she needs to work on her poses.

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    Anyway, blessing to all.

  17. Also, I so agrre with Voice and the wardog. She does not have the right team behind. I believe Ciara is “hungry”, but not the people behind. Her team seem to be satify with one magazine cover, in stead of having 7 others lined up, etc., etc.

  18. Somebody Always Got A Damn Issue With Ciara.Always Something Negative Its Really Startin 2 Piss Me Off Cause Yall Always Puttin Her Down.She’s A Smart Young Lady & At least She Tryin 2 Do Something With Herself Damn U People Yall Act Like She Aint Worth …Haterz I Tell U & Ciara Honey U Lookin Fabulous Work It. U Better Work

  19. I’m over that weave, I wish she get a different hairstyle. She needs to come harder on her posing if she is going to get into the modeling game. I wish her well.

  20. There is no risk about taking your clothes off these days, that’s what everybody does. There’s nothing revolutionary about it. It was risky in Madonna days (although I believe she was mainly an attention-seeker, but I gotta admit at the time it was a risk), now being risky is having some clothes on. Ciara’s doing what everyone in the game is doing right now, taking it off for a cheap hit. She lost me and most of her fans because of this, she used to differ from others, now she’s like the rest. The media and PR people do a great job over-glamorizing selling sex and passing it for “power and strength”. Sorry I don’t see power in this. When I see women like AKeys and Mary J, I see it. When I see Ciara, Cassie, PCDs, I don’t see power, I see desperation. Fantasy Ride is gonna flop, that’s what I predict.

  21. :iagree: I agree livenlearn: getting attention these days would be better gotten with some clothes on the leave something to the imagination. It is sad when we see women who think that they are empowering themselves do so by exhbiting their body parts. I say the most sexiest woman is a woman that knows how to be respectful of her body and knows how to wear her clothes in a way that makes her sexy, not slutty and skanky.

  22. Why sit on a blog and be negative? Negativity and hate went out in 08. I don’t have to like it, but I don’t have to continuously express dislike. I can never hate, dislike, or talk bad/negative about anyone on their grind. Call it what you want, but I call it being me. :brownsista:

  23. ….so what type of style would do you think Ciara should have??

  24. ANY THING CIARA DOES PPL AR GONNA COMPARE TO SOMEONE ELSE.
    SHE IS JUST TRYING SOME NEW THINGS RIGHT NOW. I LOVED THE PHOTOSHOOT. IT WASNT BORING OR ORDINARY.

    BUT THERE IS NOTHING SHE CAN DO OR SAY THAT WOULD MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY.
    WHEN SHE HAD HER TOMBOY STYLE…PPL SAID SHE WAS MANLY AND CALLED HER A MAN AND DISSED HER JEANS AND HER OVERALL STYLE.
    NOW THAT SHE HAS MATURED AND IS GROWING AND CHANGING…PPL WANT HER TO GO BACK TO HER INITIAL STYLE….U JUST CANT PLZ PPL..THERE HAS BEEN HATE FROM DAY 1…THERE WILL BE CONTINUED HATE. THE LIFE OF CIARA.

  25. :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:
    The haters are actually cute thinking her time is up!
    She is just getting started! So pretty 1st pic she looks like a superhero, lil storm kills it all the time!
    Super Ci Fierce!

    Oh Just so the haters know Love Sex Magic is #10 on Billboards Hot 100. Yeah her time is surely up! 😆 :lol2:

    Get that SMASH CI! Never Ever is still climbing up RnB Hot 100 charts #17

    Fantasy Ride May 5th people! 🙂

  26. CIARA CAN HAVE ANYTHING I GOT , RIGHT ON THE SPOT , PURE GOREGEOUS , GREATEST ENTERTAINER ALIVE, I LOVE SHE NOT AFRAID TO TRY SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT, CIARA ,YOU HAVE MY HEART FOR LIFE. :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

  27. I love CICI! At least she looks like me meaning a brown sista. She isn’t rocking the blonde hair and colored contacts to get mainstreams approval like others do. Do you C, because at the end of the day you either like her or you don’t. It has nothing to do with oh I don’t like her poses so I won’t support her. It’s like CiCi boo that wasn’t a good look, but I will still support you.

  28. I told yall all Ciara needs is a team behind her, That’ s no hate no nothing that’ s real talk, I’ m not going to sit there and say oh cici you look great you’ re doing great just to be cute and be lying to the sisters, She needs agressive people behind her, she doesn’ t even need to know how to sing That went out in 1997 , Now it’ s all about image and Ciara’ s body is sick, Not everyone have that ghetto mentality flat stomach round hips big booty, leave that to inglewood, Her body is the business she can make it, She just need the right people

  29. Ciara looks better than ever. but, at any rate i have more important news.

    FANTASY RIDE IS SAVED.

    Love Sex Magic made a 17 spot jump to the top 10. Those white folks EATING that up. jk. I like it too. She sounds good. What i do not like is that, on Goodies Ciara had a VOICE. she could sing decently. And I, pick up the phone, etc. all showcased vocal talent. yet she is slowly but surely shifting to all dance music. oh well. whatever sells. if i like it (which i do) i’ll supoport it.

  30. LOVE SEX AND MAGIC will be the only success on that album. I heard a few songs of the album and so far “HIGH PRICE” Feat Luda is the best song on there. Ciara cant sing for sh!t and thats why she’s doing alot of “pop” songs. :bag:

  31. and why are all the articles on her so boring….

  32. :stop: Look how badly they photoshopped that pic where she is wearing the black tights, make the pic larger and you will see. Other then that i thought her pics were kind of nice!

  33. That first pic with the long dress is horrible :bag: . Her face looks hard and unattractive. The other pics are just ok I guess..not amazing…..

  34. Btwen What do people call an amazing / breath taking / hot/ fierce picture? :lol2:

  35. THERE IS NO ONE OUT THERE THAT CAN TOUCH CIARA, SHE DANCE LIKE NOBODY I’VE SEEN BEFORE, SHE DON’T JUMP AROUND THE STAGE, SHE REALLY PERFORMS AT HER CONCERTS AND ON HER VIDEOS, WE WILL NEVER IN HISTORY SEE ANOTHER ARTIST LIKE HER, CAN’T WAIT FOR HER ALBUM ON MAY 5, 2009, OH BY THE WAY I GOT A CHANCE TO MEET HER IN PERSON, SHE IS SO KIND AND BEAUTIFUL!

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