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To anticipate the release of her forthcoming album titled JACKIE, Ciara has partnered with L’Uomo Vogue for the premiere of her brand new single, “I Bet”.

Ciara comes in and shakes my hand. She is magnificent: tall and slim, long jet black hair, eyes like a Byzantine Madonna, perfect complexion. Without a trace of make-up, she is wearing a long men’s t-shirt and a pair of spotless white high-top sneakers.

Whenever you meet a celebrity for the first time you never know what to expect: on screen or in glossy magazines they appear beautiful, mysterious, with a magnetic sensuality. Then when you meet them in person, they turn out to be just pretty girls. Ciara is different. The more you look at her, the more beautiful she is. What is most striking is her inexhaustible energy.

Before the interview with the R&B-pop singer, dancer, producer, model and actress (she has made three films, and appeared in the TV series The game), I listened to a dozen of her songs and watched around fifteen of her videos on YouTube. In black and white or in colour, performing rap or hip hop, strutting and winking, she is the all-consuming femme fatale. Twisting and writhing, she skims the floor and soars through the air like a sequence from Matrix. She pays tribute toMichael Jackson – in white top and skinny black jeans – repeating his dance steps, and the public goes wild. Aggressively sexy, in “Ride” she straddles an imposing buffalo. With no inhibitions.

Ciara Princess Harris, known simply as Ciara (pronounced See-err-uh) began writing songs at the age of 13. Today, at 29, with five albums and sales of seven million disks to her name, she is one of the veterans of the music industry. She has worked with legendary producers (Luke Boy, Polow Da Don), top musicians (Pharrell, will.i.am) and bestselling pop artists (Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake).
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