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Lil Nas X posed for a photo shoot in PEOPLE magazine with a gut full of his debut album, Montero.

LNX strapped on a prosthetic belly to celebrate the impending delivery of his "baby" on Sept. 17.

He tells PEOPLE exclusively that he decided to do the shoot after YouTuber James Charles pretended to be pregnant after listening to Megan Thee Stallion's verse on his new song "Dolla Sign Slime" for the first time.

"I was like, 'Oh my God, this is amazing,' so I immediately called my stylist," LNX claims.

"She was like, 'Wow, this all comes together. Your album. Your baby.' I was like, 'Yeah, this is my baby, huh?' As a joke, she was like, 'Yeah, you should do a pregnancy shoot.'

"I was like, 'You know what? That's actually brilliant.' So now we have this entire thing coming out, and it's going to be amazing."

Earlier this week, LNX trolled Drake by sharing an album cover of pregnant men emojis. Drake's Certified Lover Boy album, featuring pregnant female emojis on the cover, drops Friday.

"I was like, 'There's no way the universe is lining up this perfect for this to happen," LNX laughed.

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Isn't she lovely? Isn't she wonderful? Isn't she precious? Kandi Burruss shared new photos of her adorable children, daughter Blaze Tucker and son Ace Tucker.

She captioned the photos: "My Hearts!"

Fans who stalk Kandi's timeline waiting for new updates left over 1,600 comments on the post.

One Instagram user wrote: "She is your twin Kandi!!!"

Another user wrote: "wow Blaze turned out kandy's twin."

And a third person wrote; "Man how she look just like kandi though Amazing!"

In related news, Kandi graces the cover of Hello Beautiful's Fall Preview issue.

Kandi recalls writing in her diary and praying every day for her R&B group, Xscape, to get a hit record before high school graduation.

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Her prayers were answered when the group got their first big hit with their debut single "Just Kickin' It" in 1993.

She says one of her worst days was when her diary was stolen (probably by an Xscape member) while the group was on tour.

The diary contained her darkest and most sinful secrets. Kandi was accused of bed-hopping with a plethora of music producers.

To this day she says the stolen diary is still a sensitive topic.

"I don't want to talk about it. It was a very bad day," she told Hello Beautiful.

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Studio singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter is almost unrecognizable on the current cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine.

Many Twitter users confused the 40-year-old singer's photos for her mother, 67-year-old Tina Lawson.

Beyonce posed in denim pieces from her new Ivy Park x Adidas line. In another photo she wore a black cowboy-inspired outfit complete with a cowboy hat and boots.

When asked how she occupied her time on lockdown, the "Formation" star revealed that she's "been in the studio for a year and a half" working on new music.

"With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again. I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible."

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Explaining her creative process, Beyonce continued:

"Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies.

"Still, there's nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old."

The "Halo" singer, who recently told Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams she's been "cooking" tracks during lockdown, added: "Yes, the music is coming!"

The mom-of-three and stepmother of two is best known for Emo songs such as "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," "Drunk in Love" and "Crazy in Love."
 
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Megan Thee Stallion's amazing body proportions will be showcased on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2021 Swimsuit issue.

The "WAP" rapper will be among the models gracing the 2021 cover, according to New York Post's Page Six.

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A source told Page Six Megan is one of the hottest rappers out right now, thanks to her raunchy collaboration with Cardi B.

"She's the biggest star [right now], so it's a no-brainer and they love surprises," the source said, referring to the magazine's male readers.

While it is rare for a non-model to grace the cover of the Swimsuit edition, Sports Illustrated has been evolving into a "woke" publication for years now.

Megan isn't the first artist to appear on the SI cover. Studio singer Beyonce posed on the cover of the 2007 SI Music issue when she was at her peak.

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Aspiring rapper Saweetie says she recently rejected a lucrative offer in order to maintain her morals and integrity.

The "Tap In" musician says she was recently given the chance to make big money, but the offer required her to "violate" her values and integrity.

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"When you are a young woman in L.A., sometimes you're put in situations that can help you financially but will take a jab at your soul, your body. I remember basically just having the opportunity to get some money, but in doing so I would have violated my morals and my values. I was broke but I was like, I will never do anything to disrespect myself... no matter how desperate I get."

Saweetie stopped short of sharing specifics about the situation, but she recently received a $100,000 Cash App offer from NBA baller James Harden if she would go out with him.

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The rapper reportedly rejected the promiscuous NBA superstar's generous offer of $100K for a date.

She told Teen Vogue: "That's a story within itself, but I think it was a moment where I was like, 'It's OK. You'll eventually get what you want out of life as long as you're praying and working hard.'"

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Saweetie, 27, recently split from Migos star Quavo, 29, earlier this year after an embarrassing viral video showed her fighting with the promiscuous rapper in an elevator.

Now she's put her love life on the shelf to focus on her music and improving herself for a real man.

Saweetie said she is optimistic about the future after settling into a new home -- by herself.

"I just got a new place. I feel refreshed. I feel like it’s a new chapter. I just want to be a good person and help people while being a pretty a** b**ch," she said.

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Teyana Taylor has officially arrived. The former child star was named Maxim magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive.

The singer, dancer, model and business woman is the first Black woman to receive the honor.

Teyana appears on the cover of Maxim's July/August 2021 "Hot 100 Women of Influence" issue.

She wore a cutoff wife beater over camouflage cargo pants, gold hoop earrings and her hair in braids extensions.

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Teyana made the transition from singer to directing music videos for other artists such as Macy Gray, Queen Naija and Monica Brown.

"Honestly, directing is one of the best things that I've ever done, and one of my favorite things in my career that I'm doing, 'cause I kind of always had that eye,” Taylor said to Maxim.

The aspiring songwriter has also written songs for Usher, Chris Brown, and Omarion.

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The 30-year-old Sagittarius released her debut mixtape, From a Planet Called Harlem, in 2009.

She shares two daughters, Iman Tayla, 5, and Rue, 8 months, with NBA player Iman Shumpert, also 30. They were married in 2016.

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Law Roach was named "Top Stylist of the Year" by The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

The 42-year-old designer graces the cover of The Hollywood Reporter issue that spotlights the 12 tastemakers who made the most impact during the pandemic.

Law shares the cover with his longtime client, model and singer Zendaya (left) and model Anya Taylor-Joy (right).

He wears Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston accessorized with boots by Christian Louboutin. Model and singer Zendaya is wearing Valentino and Bulgari with Christian Louboutin pumps. And Anya wears a Dior frock and Louboutins.

Law is best known for creating stylish looks for everyone from Zendaya and Lady Gaga to Viola Davis and Ciara Wilson.

Business boomed for the gender-bending stylist despite the lockdowns.

"I run a global, multimillion-dollar business. I did really well, even in COVID," he said. "So that part of it is great, you know. As a person, I just want to do the things that I'm doing now and figure out more ways to help other people."

Law shared images from the THR cover shoot on Instagram. He captioned the gallery:

"Thank You @hollywoodreporter for naming me STYLIST OF THE YEAR..... thank you to my @zendaya and @anyataylorjoy for making this cover so special. And thank you to all my clients for trusting me with something so important as your image!!!! I’m truly grateful."

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Rapper, songwriter Saweetie covers the April 2021 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. The 27-year-old California native is perhaps best known for dating Migos rapper Quavo Huncho.

Their very visible internet relationship crumbled after Quavo, 29, reportedly sent a repo man to pick up a Bentley he leased for her.

The "Back to the Streets" rapper blocked Quavo on social media, changed her passwords, and moved on.

The rapper recalled a disturbing encounter with a radio host while on a promo tour for her first hit single "Icy Girl". She recalls the radio host ambushing her and flat-out insulting her freestyle as "basic".

The radio man told her she needed to do more to "impress" him. Saweetie describes feeling gut punched after the encounter.

"It was a really dark point in my life. I went from being so loved so quickly because of 'Icy Grl' to, on my first promo run, well, you saw the interview. The script flipped really quick, like night and day. I was like, Wait... I had PTSD from that."

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She said those early experiences makes her more appreciative now.

"I'm really grateful for my start. Because the mistakes, the struggle, the grind—it allows me to appreciate the rewards that come now because I know what it feels like to sleep in motels, to drive and do promo, to be stressed out."

Saweetie and her grandmother launched a non-profit, The Icy Baby Foundation, to support single mothers, low-income communities, education efforts, and people living with autism.

"Money beats court cases, money buys medicine, money fixes potholes, money puts food on the counter, and money keeps the heat and electricity going. So if I can spread the wealth, that's what I want to do."

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Michael B. Jordan addressed speculation that his relationship with socialite Lori Harvey is a business transaction.

Rumors ran rampant that the hunky actor retained Lori's professional beard services to promote his public image as a heterosexual leading man.

But leaked photos of the couple on vacation just weren't convincing enough for many skeptics on social media.

Urban Dictionary defines a professional beard as: "Any opposite sex escort taken to an event in an effort to give a homosexual person the apperance of being out on a date with a person of the opposite sex."

Men's Health magazine linked up with the 34-year-old actor in St. Barts where he posed for celebrity photographer Leonardo Volcy for an April 2021 cover story.

Jordan expressed his anger and frustration at the scurrilous gossip that he and Lori are just business associates.

"People are always going to have their opinions about me," he said.

"People can make up something completely false that has no f**king substance or anything, and there's going to be 100,000 people that are going to believe it, and that's going to be their opinion of me. I can't do anything about that, and I've just got to accept that and keep moving in my purpose."

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Jordan added:

"People that know me know my heart. But people that know me for my work know what I allow them to know. The fact that I’ve been so closed off about a lot of parts of my life was a personal choice. As I’ve gotten older and a little more mature and comfortable in my own skin, I’ve become less concerned about it."

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André Leon Talley praised Vogue magazine's controversial cover featuring Senator Kamala Harris'.

The Afro-Indian vice president-elect is pictured smiling apprehensively with her hands clasped in front of her on the February 2021 issue. Instead of the glam look, she is clad in casual work clothes and black Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers.

The controversial "working girl" cover sparked fury on social media, with many saying the cover was "disrespectful" and even racist.

But Talley, a former editor-at-large for American Vogue, supported his former boss, Anna Wintour, in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday.

"It's GREAT. JUST GREAT. GREAT," he wrote, after Wintour responded to the backlash in a statement on Tuesday. Talley said the cover will inspire young women around the world to wear work clothes rather than expensive designer clothing.

"Her work uniform with her ubiquitous Converse sneakers is aspirational. I predict its [sic] going to set a trend for all young women all over the world, [who] are going to dress like Kamala Harris," he wrote.

Talley, 71, defended 26-year-old aspiring photographer Tyler Mitchell -- the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for American Vogue in the magazine's history.

Talley said Mitchell's layman photography "comes from a universe that is new. He is not aligned with the titans of @vogue photographers before him... His work must be seen through the prism of 2021."

Harris' frantic staffers contacted Vogue editors on Monday after the cover leaked over the weekend. They demanded to know why Vogue chose a "test photo" for its print edition rather than the agreed upon photo of Harris wearing a powder blue pantsuit. The latter photo was chosen for the online digital edition instead.

There were calls for Wintour to step down, but Talley said she isn't going anywhere.

"All I can say is Anna Wintour is not abdicating. And I wish I was there, at Vogue, to celebrate w/the team," he wrote.