June 16, 2009

Fergie: Her Allure Photoshot


With a new album, an upcoming film, and a shoe line, Fergie clearly knows how to pump things up. But she's determined not to be known as just "the booty-shake girl." See exclusive outtakes from her cover shoot with Michael Thompson in Santa Monica here. For more photos and the profile "Dancing Queen," pick up the July issue of Allure, on newsstands June 23.


"You must be ready for bathing suits," Allure creative director Paul Cavaco said as Fergie arrived on set. "Absolutely—I did 2,000 jump ropes this morning to prepare," the exercise fanatic said jokingly. Here, the star poses in a cotton seersucker bikini by J.Crew.
Fergie unveiled a sleek futuristic look with her new album with the Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.
"Change is just exciting for me," she says. "When I do something for too long, I burn out." Now on the band's biggest tour ever, she decided to listen to the voice in her head. "Something inside of me said, 'I need an evolution.' I'm in a new phase of life. I'm married; I have a new album. It felt time."
"We blushed Fergie up to look like she had come right off the beach," said makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen. She brushed bronzer on Fergie's cheeks, forehead, and chin, and swept tomato red blush on her cheeks and across the bridge of her nose. Then Reiss-Andersen rimmed the star's eyes with dark brown liner, and added light copper shadow on the lids. The final touch: beige lipstick.

"For Fergie's first cover as a brunette, we wanted to make her hair smooth and sexy," said hairstylist Kevin Ryan. He used volumizer on her wet hair, blew it dry, put it in rollers, and curled the loose ends with an iron. He rubbed finishing cream on the bottom, then "messed it up with a lot of wind."
Fergie may have settled down with her wildly handsome husband, actor Josh Duhamel, but she's still as feisty as ever. She loves her costumes, both onstage and off. "I've got a big chest of fun little numbers, ones that I would never wear in public," she teases. Fergie won't elaborate, only saying that, when it comes to sex after marriage, "nothing's changed in that department. I like to have fun with my costume onstage; why wouldn't I in the bedroom?"

Fergie loved the eye makeup from the last shot so much that she didn't wipe it off before she left. "It makes me want to go out," she said, and went home to change. She later met the Allure crew at Sushi Roku in Santa Monica wearing fake lashes, white lipstick—and a Martin Margiela bat-wing jacket.
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