A reader (thanks raquel_pt!) tipped me off to singer Alicia Keys’ new interview and photo spread in the September issue of Vegas magazine.
Now, I’m not a huge Alicia Keys fan — loved "Fallin’", wasn’t impressed with Smokin Aces — but these photos are fairly … inspiring:
In the interview, Keys explains that when she started off in the business, she was just a "girl from the street … trying to do her thing" — which did not include embracing the glamour. "Stylists would come at me with seven-inch stilettos, but I wanted to wear Timberlands!" Now, however, she’s more comfortable in her skin, "less rigid and more open to different experiences." Consequently, Keys has "lost her once-trademark tomboy-chic look" in favor of "a new sense of sophistication", according to the interviewer.
Keys goes on to admit she’s guarded, dismisses rumors of her sexuality as silly and par for the course, and cops to dating a "really brilliant" unnamed man for a year now who "allows me to be my own woman."
Um, okay, sure. Whatever you say Alicia. I’m just going to look at the pretty pictures now.
I do like her new single "No One", though. It’s off her upcoming album "As I Am", and you can listen to it here:
While we’re talking about Vegas magazine, take a look at some of their covers featuring women who’ve played lesbian-ish roles in the past:
In case you can’t tell, that’s Rebecca Romjin (Femme Fatale), Carmen Electra (Joan Jett’s "AC/DC" video), Olivia Wilde(The O.C.), and Bridget Moynahan (Gray Matters). And yes, I hardly recognized Rebecca or Bridget, either. Seriously, why go to all the trouble of getting a celebrity for your cover and then putting her in such weird outfits/hairdos/makeup that you can’t tell who she is?
And why is Vegas magazine only putting their first African American woman on the cover now, four years after they launched in 2003?
Look for this and other unanswered questions on next week’s edition of Magazine Mysteries! And check out more photos of Alicia in Vegas magazine at Alicia-Keys.net.