Over the past few years, Azealia Banks has become just as known for her cattiness on Twitter as she is for her music, but she takes that reputation to a new level in her Playboy debut—a literal one. Shot by Ellen Von Unwerth—whose name might sound familiar since she's shot the covers of Rihanna's Rated R and Britney Spears' Blackout—Azealia goes where Taylor Swift and her cat Olivia Benson have never gone (and probably never will).
Banks very strategically clutches two cats while naked and wearing a cat mask. Elsewhere in the shoot, Banks becomes an actual cat, playing with a giant ball of yarn, while wearing some very impressive buckled boots and some sort of harness situation. Also, she plays in a milk bath while wearing pretty much only diamond cat ears.
All in all, the shoot is kind of a perfect match: For Playboy, it's a pretty toned down shoot. For Banks, it's visual manifestation of her inner being.
The issue hits newsstands this Friday, but you can check out the cover story here.