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Cassie on Complex


This month my number one girl-crush Cassie covers Complex magazine and, as you can see above, the resulting image leaves extremely little to the imagination.

Granted, the woman can rock a black lamé swimsuit better than 99.999% of the world's population, but there's something about this photo that makes me want to wrap her up in a blanket and feed her tea and toast. Fierce-as-fuck facial expression aside, the girl looks so damn vulnerable.

We all know that Cassie is not the strongest vocal talent to grace the music industry, but does that really mean she should strip off and pose as a dominatrix to boost her career? Do the words 'less is more' have any significance in today's media, or are shock tactics the only way for female artists to get guaranteed press attention? Or am I just being a complete Grandma about the whole thing, and really it's me that needs to settle down with some tea, toast and a nice episode of the Antiques Roadshow?

Thoughts?

Update


Just noticed on the Complex blog that there are actually two covers for this month's issue. This one doesn't seem quite as racy at a first glance, but then you realise that Cassie is wearing a crotch-skimming minidress and has a banana placed strategically between her legs.

Subtle. Reeeeal subtle.

Phoebe

40 comments:

Ginger Kid said...

Mmmmmmmmmmm......Cassie.

Big post.

miss o said...

She looks amazing but it's a shame female artists have to promote themselves that way, I honestly thought we were about to turn a corner cos of the whole 'let my myspace do my promotion' lily, kate, et al. I always thought if my photography don't work out I could become I rapper, looks like I have to hit the gym......sighs*

lil naked boi said...

wowza, she's hot.

she's nearly wearing as little clothes as me!

Wavvy said...

Rocks it well, but she has the body of a minor.

Anonymous said...

I feel slightly perverted looking at that cover...and I'm a girl!

It just that little to much for such a young girl...eek!!
If she feels she needs to do that to propel her career then I feel sorry for her. I could understand if there was an artistic point to it...but I'm hard pressed to see it???

reeks of desperation to me!

Anonymous said...

I feel slightly perverted looking at that cover...and I'm a girl!

It just that little to much for such a young girl...eek!!
If she feels she needs to do that to propel her career then I feel sorry for her. I could understand if there was an artistic point to it...but I'm hard pressed to see it???

reeks of desperation to me!

clav said...

Never backed her as an alleged "singer" and it doesn't surprise me in the least that she's now doing this type of stuff.

I was reading King magazine (or some such publication!) a while back and I remember they had a mini-series set of articles about stars most likely to commit suicide once their careers flop.

She was number one.

yeahisaidit said...

i definately would.

clav said...

Not my wife. That's all I'm saying.

Anonymous said...

@ yeahisaidit

definately would what?? commit suicide if your carreer flopped??

DONT DO IT YEAHISAIDIT!!!!

we love you hear at a.t.c.n and im here for you if you would like to talk! lol!

yeahisaidit said...

and i love you too anon.

I wouldn't commit suicide. I'm too lazy and i don't live in Bridgend.

Anonymous said...

those shoes are killer though!

Naajia said...

What hell are ya'll talking about ?
Its just a bathing suit.
As long as it leans more to classy than trashy it doesnt really matter!

I like the chick vocals it fine. not everybody needs to belt it out, and have a Mariah Carey vocie. No one needs to stick to one level to be "singer". Though i'd call her an "entertainer"

Sofi said...

i bloody love cassie!

she is the image of perfection the massive bitch!

Anonymous said...

You know she was a model b4she graced the music scene..so being half naked isnt that new to her...

Samantha Jones said...

the role models of today...
I wonder if they truly know that they are the ones that carve a young girls vision of what the world expect from them...

brazen said...

well granted she wears it better than borat....

iLLMATICBBCMODEL said...

brazen i gotta agree with you.

but jokes aside i think people are reading too much into this, cassie is a flawlessly beautiful girl and COMPLEX want her on the cover of their mag which is a pretty huge deal and a huge pay check at that so kudos to her, shes geting money.

Its not porn, its art so chill. this was part of a concept Mark Ecko and his editors in chief at complex had carried out which also consisted of two other mag covers one being N.E.R.D x Kaws collab and the other Lupe x Todd “REAS” James.

and @ clav damn skippy she aint your wife. Shes mine

peace

iLLMATICBBCMODEL said...

p.s.

@ ADMIN!!!!!!!!!!

what happend to the previous post of the tribe mutants?

and wheres this weeks song of the week?

grrghhh!!!!!!!!

clav said...

@ illmatic - you're welcome to her - I'm not having my wife cavorting half-nekkid for all the world to see, give me a Claire Huxtable (read: classy) type lady over a Cassie any day.

yeahisaidit said...

crotch-skimming sounds like some painful new addition to the olympics.

Anonymous said...

Diddy is batterin dat!

Ms Porcelain said...

"Its not porn, its art so chill. this was part of a concept Mark Ecko and his editors in chief at complex had carried out which also consisted of two other mag covers one being N.E.R.D x Kaws collab and the other Lupe x Todd “REAS” James."

One question? Why didn't they have N.E.R.D and Lupe Fiasco half naked as well if that's the kind of trife they were going with?

Not that I want to see any of the above half naked. And I'm not saying that Cassie being half naked is bad, I'm just saying that guys can show up for a photoshoot in weird T-Shirts and jeans and be 'portrayed' as sexy but a young female (who is by no means a victim here) needs to take her clothes off?

Just my 2 cents....

Booga said...

@phoebe- I feel you on this.
@ms.porcelin- (well said) PREACH!

Anonymous said...

Its not really a bad way of making a few dollars is it..?

She's not stupid, she cant really sing - she knows its all about her looks.. BUT her looks wil fade but if she's clever with it the dough will last.

There are far worse things going on in the world you than Cassie in a swimsuit! Jeez have u watched the news ..?

Anonymous said...

Calm down, Phoebe. Cassie's always been a loose lost little girl with a penchant for taking her garms off. She has nothing else to offer nor barter with other than her body. It's true, it's true. Word to Kurt Angle. Remember the ORIGINAL video and version of "Me & U"? It was always obvious that song was about giving head (listen to the lyrics, and watch this video). Case closed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqES7psQHo4

PS: I DEFINITELY would as well.

yeahisaidit said...

as a modern, opinionated and semi-educated woman, i guess i should go all Germaine Greer about this and fling my burning bra at my laptop.

HOWEVER, if i looked like this:

http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/4710/cassie14dcc52ego1.jpg

you'd be hard-pressed to get me to wear more than perfume.

Anonymous said...

glad you shared that.

Anonymous said...

you females, in particular phoebe that are picking this cover apart, talking strategically placed bananas really need to get a grip. makes you look ridiculous.

if any of you girls had THAT body and the opportunity to do said cover and look THAT amazing, quite frankly you are lying if you say you wouldnt. lets just say i've seen phoebe out many time over the years in skimpy outifts. outfits that could have done with some extra inches in some peoples eyes, but whatever, thats your comfort level, thats your body.

im not complaining, im a straight male, just saying, some people should keep it covered, some people, cassie, let them be. and just wish you could look that good.

its not pornographic, its not degrading, she has a beautiful body that has been shot equally well.

Leese said...

^^^
wow, thats a bit harsh and taking it personal, i mean y not just add your 2 cents i.e. i don't agree with you phoebe and this is why_________ instead of writing derogatory comments. I notice you call your self anon and thats cuz you know u shouldn't have said wat u said otherwise you wud've shown ur name. people lyk u r really annoying.

Anywayz...
Cassie's is stunning and even though i'm not that way inclined if i was i wud-LOL I think she is beautiful and love looking at her pics, sometimes taking clippings of her hairstyles to hairdressers cuz i love the look. But sometimes less is more-she has a fantaqstic body, but how good wud she have looked should she have done a cover in some 50's style throwback, covered from neck to knee in some french suit or something...you know leave somethings for the imagination.

Saying that i feel as though she gets away with it

Anonymous said...

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Shenanigan said...

I'm all for the nakedness.

She has got a pretty good figure so why not. Even if she didn't. I wont knock it. Sex sells. It always has and always will. It's just the ways of the world

Ginger Kid said...

once again i will say...


mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...CASSSIIIEEE!

Phoebe said...

Anonymous, did you actually READ my post? Or did the rush of blood to your dick at the sight of these photos automatically render you incapable of basic comprehension?

Click on the 'Back' button at the top of your window and search for the words 'pornographic' or 'degrading' in the blog. Can you see them? Didn't think so.

The entire point of the post was to acknowledge that Cassie is indeed an amazingly beautiful woman, but that perhaps she doesn't need to strip off to illustrate this fact.

By putting up these images, I was hoping to trigger a wider debate about the use of sexually suggestive imagery in the media industry and whether it's always appropriate and/or necessary. The fact that you saw my post as an opportunity to personally insult me under a cloak of anonymity is somewhat pathetic, not to mention pointless.

yeahisaidit said...

somebody got told.

brap brap

woop woop

etc etc

@ phoebe: don't go changing

clav said...

Gwarn Pheebs!!!! Ah you dat my gyal!

And @ anon, if that was your girl, (or better yet, your sister!) would you proud of her doing what Cassie has done? Would you support her 110%???

Be real now...

Anonymous said...

Gwan Pheobe...that's right shut that fool up!!

well said.

Anonymous said...

Just a note: All those individuals who post as "Anonymous" (including me) are not the same person! Thanks to the anon who posted the original video to "Me & U" (woooohwheee!), and as for the other Anon....your comments directed at Phoebe's clothing was not only incorrect, but just uncalled for, mate. I think Phoebe may have not given him her number or something and this is his pathetic way to strike back! You go, boy! Just to lighten things up again, watch this....again!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqES7psQHo4

Anonymous said...

"lets just say i've seen phoebe out many time over the years in skimpy outifts. outfits that could have done with some extra inches in some peoples eyes, but whatever, thats your comfort level, thats your body."

To quote myself, how is that disrespecting phoebe. I said "in some peoples eyes". The same some peoples eyes that in their opinion cassie should have left a little to the imagination. I then go on to say, whatever, thats your comfort level. ALL females have different levels of what they are comfortable with. Pheobes might be a relatively skimpy outfit in a club, cassie's appears to be a bikini on a magazine cover. its all the same really.

by pointing out that i've seen pheobe out many times [living proof] dressed in a way which some might find to be too much is only highlighting the different levels of how sex sells and all females do and always will do what works for them.

if any one of you females can stand up and say you dont like to look your best, feel attractive, look sexy, obviously taking into consideration time and place - YOU ARE LYING!

that is my point. kettles dont call the pot black.

and yeah phoebe, i used my dick to type that one. now read the many comments above that tell you to calm down and chill. maybe one day you might look as good as cassie. maybe. its just a magazine cover.

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