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Erykah Badu Models for Givenchy

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The last time Erykah Badu made major headlines with her clothes, it was because, well, she wasn’t wearing any. But now the singer is in the news again for what she is wearing: In this case, head-to-toe Givenchy for the line’s latest ad campaign.

Badu stars along other notable models, including Maria Borges, Asia Chow and Riley, for a campaign that’s meant to transport you “from Japan to Africa through America,” according to designer Riccardo Tisci. And according to, Tisci had Badu in mind since the beginning for his ads, which were shot by notable fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

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“My family portfolio concept is carrying on. This season, I decided to invite my dream icon, the respected Erykah Badu, to my stage,” Tisci said in a statement. “As well as the young beauty Asia Chow, talent of tomorrow. And my new discoveries: Black goddesses Maria Borges and Riley and model Dominik Bauer. I am very happy, we did our job while spending good family time.”

This isn’t Badu’s first time doing high-fashion modeling; she also starred in Tom Ford’s fragrance ads. And with her striking features and natural poise in front of a camera, it’s not hard to see why she’s so in-demand in the fashion world — regardless of what (if anything) she’s wearing.

What do you think of Badu’s ads?

–Alex Apatoff