Nudity and Ellie Goulding don't exactly go hand-in-hand. The singer has never been one to use her body to sell music; flashy dramatics and ostentatious outfits aren't her thing. So, when
features a scantily clad Goulding, we pause.
The singer was the recipient for Attitude
's Music Award, and was subsequently featured in the glossy's Awards issue. Goulding vamped up her usual UK-street-style-cool look with leather bondage bustiers, high-waisted hot pants, and nothing else. She's pushing her sartorial boundaries, but she's far from being gratuitous about it. The shoot could be considered an extension of her immersive stage performances; aggressive in its sincere devotion to the music. Stripping down, in this case, isn't for shock value; it's a means of connecting to her sonic oeuvre.