Azealia Banks to pose naked for Playboy magazine

Azealia Banks has confirmed she is to appear naked in the April music issue of Playboy magazine, which is released on March 20.

Azealia Banks (c) Instagram
Azealia Banks (c) Instagram

Azealia Banks is to pose naked for Playboy magazine.

The outspoken rapper, who's been involved in verbal spats with the likes of Iggy Azalea and T.I., is to appear on the cover of Playboy for their April music issue, which is released on March 20.

The 23-year-old star confirmed the news on her Twitter page, writing: "Now I can finally tell you, I'll be on the COVER of @Playboy's April Music Issue!! #LeChatNoir (sic)"

Azealia revealed she'd been inspired by two of her heroes, Grace Jones and Naomi Campbell, both appearing in the adult magazine.

She tweeted: "Grace Jones and Naomi Campbell both did Playboy Covers so you know I was like Hell Yeaaaaaa!!!!! (sic)"

The hip-hop star also posted an an image of herself in which she appears to be strapped into a cat mask, crouching behind a leopard-print material.

Meanwhile, Playboy has described the shoot by veteran Austrian fashion photographer and director Ellen von Unwerth as a "nude pictorial" and a "frisky pictorial that's sure to break the internet", in reference to Kim Kardashian West's nude photoshoot for Paper magazine's winter issue last year.

Von Unwerth has photographed an impressive list of models and celebrities in her career, including the likes of Kate Moss, Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna.

The April issue of Playboy will also feature an interview written by Rob Tannenbaum, a respected music journalist and the co-author of 'I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution'.

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