VIBE chose the former.
If you had a choice of a nude Ciara or Robin Thicke, presumably dressed, on the cover of your magazine, who would you choose?
It’s the third VIBE cover for Ciara, who in the article opens up about her love life, addresses rumors that she is dating 50 Cent, discusses the eclectic new sound of her upcoming third album, “Fantasy Ride,” and confirms her split from long-time producer Jazzy Pha. Other highlights include:
Ciara on dealing with fame: “I was meticulous about the things I would share…But people are gonna say what they wanna say…They said I was a man! It doesn’t get any worse than that.”
Ciara offers dating advice: “You don’t have to sell yourself out. Take your time to get to know somebody before you involve the physical aspect…It’s just not the way to start off. It creates confusion. When you subtract those things, it allows you to focus more on who the person is.”
Robin shouldn’t feel badly. At least he was mentioned on the cover. He recently popped off in Billboard about coveting the cover of VIBE but being rejected:
When I did a recent interview with Vibe magazine I asked, “Why can’t I get the cover?
This is a magazine I love. If there’s one magazine that I’d want to be on the cover of, it’s Vibe.” Their response was they don’t have white artists on the cover; that the only white artist they’ve had on the cover was Eminem. I guess if that’s what it is, it is what it is. And I respect that because I live in a house with a black
I won’t use the word “racism.” I will say it’s a tough — but rewarding — fight.
Danyel Smith, vice president & editorial director, VIBE Media Group, and editor-in-chief, VIBE, issued the following statement yesterday in response to Robin’s comments:
“We have a great deal of respect for Robin Thicke and his music, and we remain flattered by his desire to be on a VIBE cover. A VIBE cover is a huge milestone in any artist’s career — recent cover stars include Young Jeezy, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Usher, Senator Barack Obama, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Robert De Niro, to say nothing of our 15-year history. We wish Thicke the best, and we’re glad he discusses his thoughts on race and R&B in the new October 2008 issue of VIBE.”