Quiet Storm: Alicia Keys Covers ‘Complex’ (Peep Her Ultra-Femme Editorial!)

Photo: Gavin Bond/Complex

Musically, there’s no one gracing the stage as dynamically as Alicia Keys. As the Grammy Award winning multitalent preps her upcoming album, Girl On Fire, she’s once again captivated the industry with her style and effortless talent on the keys. Alicia is Complex‘s choice cover girl for the magazine’s December 2012/January 2013 cover issue. The in-depth interview gives us a look at Alicia behind the scenes, as she discusses her New York City upbringing, and all of the elements that make up her artistic vision and the self-discovered, self-assured lyrics of her latest effort. Her cover girl style is soft and feminine, as she cozies up in an off the shoulder feathery white sweater by AllSaints, and snuggles with an equally precious white kitten. Be sure to pick up the issue when it hits newsstands on Dec. 4.

Photo: Gavin Bond/Complex

On studying her idols, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack and Nina Simone:

“I’m competitive with myself in the sense that I want to get better. It’s not that I’m obsessively dissecting myself, but there’s a critique that happens. I am very driven. I’m not comparing myself to other people. I don’t wanna be like her or him. I want to be my best.”

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