Hot Shots: Brandy Shocks In ‘YRB Magazine’ Spread

Published: Sunday 1st Apr 2012 by TGJ Team

R&B singer Brandy decided to leave her girl-next-door image at home in favor of a bolder, avant-garde themed look for her featured spread in ‘YRB Magazine’. It should go without saying, she looks undeniably hot. Everything from the eccentric pieces, to the new cropped hairdo works!

The vocal technician also spilled details surrounding her upcoming LP, ‘Two Eleven’, aptly named after her birthday and the date of Whitney Houston’s passing.

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See more shots from the shoot and peep what Brandy had to say about ‘Two Eleven’ after the jump.

On her hotly anticipated collaboration with Frank Ocean:

“His music speaks volumes, and I was able to experience that before everyone else knew,” she says. “I always knew he was really special and I just wanted to see how we could vibe, what we could come up with together in the studio this time around. He’s just a genius. I think his songs have so much substance and so much depth, and you need that on an album as well.”


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  1. Eric Crawley April 1, 2012

    Our rnb angel has sharpened her wings and dipped it in black…and I love it…

  2. BAPS April 1, 2012

    Why must they change the dark beauty of a sisahs complexion. Clearly she looks pale and airbrushed to look light skin. Since Whitney passing I am seeing a lot of her lately. The pyramid pose with the leg, and the one eye means the “Eye of Horus”(devil worship). Then the black spade over her head. This clearly has two meanings. 1. This represents blacks in the industry as the black spade reference has been made in numerous songs from Jayz (Excuse me Miss song) and others. Also the Freemason ceremony has the person wear a bag over their head with rope around their neck as an ritual. Brandy has crossed the dark side, since Ray J had Whitney sacrificed for fame.

  3. 2bad2bme April 1, 2012

    @BAPS…Bye gurl Fly gurl lol
    anyway she looks AMAZING…SHE IS ON HER WAY BACK AND I CANT WAIT …roll on TwoEleven!!!

  4. rob April 1, 2012

    she looks amazeballs

  5. BEYRIHSTAN April 1, 2012

  6. KING#15 April 1, 2012

    WTF DID THEY DO TO HER SKIN #NOTCOOL

  7. Julez April 1, 2012

    People always have something to say why can’t you just appreciate the pictures and see the beauty she is portraying. I know for a fact that Brandy is a believer in God and seeks him in all she does, think before you speak on something you have no clue about!

  8. Tr April 1, 2012

    Short hair actually looks cute, and frames her face well.but why is she lookin’ all bleached-out. like Rihanna?!!

  9. Yea i said it April 1, 2012

    well brandy done gone shot monica this era …………

  10. Diane April 1, 2012

    I thought she was a black girl.

  11. Shirley April 1, 2012

    SHE LOOKS A MESS….. I MEAN HORRIBLE . See this is what happens when the audience keeps forcing people to change. Support r and b artist for who they are and what thy bring. This is the result of too much pressure

  12. Sharde April 1, 2012

    She looks A MESS…. This is when trying to be different goes wrong. Terrible

  13. Those That Cannot Do, Stan April 1, 2012

    Well they f***** up her skin but damn does she look fierce. I love how she matured into this style and didn’t just throw it together during an album. Young poptarts take not THAT’S how you do it.

  14. ShayShay April 1, 2012

    Brandy Looks F***** Cray ! Sorry She’s Trying Way Too Hard Here..
    Wow & That Wig Is a NO GO.. I Mean I Don’t Even See Or Know That Its Brandy..
    YIKES !! #MESSY

  15. Black Madonna April 1, 2012

    SHE LOOKS GORGEOUS.. CANT WAIT FOR THE ALBUM

  16. Always love you, Whitney (RIP) April 1, 2012

    OMG. I LOVE THIS LOOK. GO BRANDY.

    P.S. BUUUTT HER SKIN LOOKS WAY TOO LIGHT.

  17. DaHotNig April 1, 2012

    AMAZING! Anyone who says anything otherwise is a c*** from hell!

  18. ChocoBrown April 1, 2012

    She looks really good and well shaped
    Its more like the picture effects settings are what shows up Brandy being lighter rather than intentional skin whitening.

    I guess she channelling some Whitney & definately see Monica from Still Standing era in her pics here but i like the short hair and styling on Brandy.

  19. Diva April 1, 2012

    Horrible photoshop!!! Less is always more.

  20. likeCaesar April 2, 2012

    Wow..she looks great. I hope she does this permanently. This is exactly what she needs for her career. Ditch the lace fronts…

  21. IAmTheOne April 2, 2012

    When did Brandy become Asian. I love Brandy but the complexion is so far fetched lassie couldn’t find it. The photographer and stylist need to have several seats at the back of a greyhound bus. Please if ur skin color changes by 10 shades its not tht much light if u were photographed directly under the sun. #Icant

  22. marcus April 2, 2012

    Black people come in different shades hell my skin is sometimes dark in summer and light in winter get yo life!

  23. Zoe April 2, 2012

    OMG! Who is that?! Brandy? She looks amazing!! Very different for her….I like!!

  24. A April 2, 2012

    Brandy is COMING! Lol

    Word is that the new single comes this month

  25. r&b April 2, 2012

    who is dat?….o m g brandy is serving

  26. MaZ April 2, 2012

    How can you say she looks amazing when It’s obvious they changed her skin color!

    She looks awful especially in the 3 first photos. Not a good look!

  27. really April 2, 2012

    @ marcus you are a dand fool, dark in summer light in winter negro please are you blind? look at this picture and say its cos its winter.. thats the b******* excuse you come up with for riri, beyonce, diana ross.. look at beyonce,s first album cover where she was a beautiful caramel colour, then look at the 4 album cover. was it winter and summer that made somone 5 shades lighter.

  28. 4everAKEEM April 2, 2012

    I Love it #TwoEleven

  29. ♛ POP Royalty ♛ (Rude Boy) April 2, 2012

    she forgot her black skin in home as well i see ……..

    you are NOT RIHANNA or Chinese , K ?

    sorry to break your heart.:x

  30. soamazing April 2, 2012

    horrible pictures, but I love me some brandy in whatever. cant wait for the album

  31. Yes MA’AM April 2, 2012

    I miss brandy’s body during the NSN era she was on POINT! love her just not feeling that pale look on her she is brown skin lets keep it that way.

  32. super J April 2, 2012

    she looked like she bleached her skin

  33. security aint bought April 2, 2012

    I agree with everything Baps said and oh really this chick has crossed over to the dark said her brother facilitated whitneys downfall so she can raise.

  34. RoyalKev April 2, 2012

    I like it, I see the pictures as art. I don’t think that she’s trying to deny her race or ethnicity. I think if she was walking around trying to present herself as something other than a black woman than that would be totally different. I think sometimes Brandy wants to step outside the box and just experiment, it’s not for people to read so much into. I love the pics (except for the one where her face is covered). It’s cute, but I expect her to change and try something else for the album, videos, era, etc. Keep dabbling into the new B’roka. Love it!

    http://www.thepagewithroyalkev.com

  35. Me April 2, 2012

    I usually don’t get into the back and forth stuff when it comes to the blogs but it’s really annoying now. Ladies and Gentlemen, step out of your bubbles for a moment and look at this photo shoot for WHAT IT IS! Artistic experimentation and an opportunity for Brandy to step out the box. Do you honestly feel that Brandy sat with the editors of the magazine and said “make my skin lighter…I don’t want to look dark..”? OF COURSE NOT! it’s the overall image of the photo shoot that the photographer is trying to evoke. If it was supposed to be a dark photo shoot, then that’s what it would have been. The high saturation is OBVIOUSLY done on purpose. So why is everyone on here acting like Brandy asked for it to be this way? And even if she didn’t put a STOP to them editing it like this, why should she? This is what the magazine wanted and maybe she wanted to try something different so let her flap her wings and fly. Stop trying to clip her wings and put her into this box. I applaud her efforts to be a little edgy but still keeping her respect. Great photoshoot, great article! Keep it coming Brandy!

    As for the starz…PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop spreading negativity and ignorant comments that are obviously unecessary. DUH it’s obvious that they lightened the photoshoot but it’s the look they were going for. Take it for it’s artistic approach and stop throwing “black girl” tags all over the damn place. We all know Brandy is black. We ask for her to break out and let her hair down and when she does, she’s judged and ridiculed like there’s no tomorrow. Then you guys wonder why she ends up RIGHT BACK IN HER SHELL! SUPPORT HER, UPLIFT HER. Opinions are okay but just straight up ignorant comments before even looking at the bigger picture is just foolish and it’s getting quite annoying! #enoughalready

  36. 3ric19 April 2, 2012

    Brandy ain’t never been that light. HATED IT!!

  37. BLAH April 2, 2012

    WHATS WITH ALL THESE PPL TALIKNG ABOUT ARTISTIC EXPRESSION. SHE LOOKS WHITE. IS THAT THE NEW ERA? BEING BLACK AIR WORKING OUT SO SHE GONNA TRY A NEW RACE? GET PUT OF HERE! IF IT WAS BEYONCE, IT WOULD BE A DIFFERENT STORY

  38. Me April 2, 2012

    @BLAH….REALLY? ARE YOU SAYING THIS IS YOUR FIRS TIME SEEING A PHOTOSHOOT WHERE EDITING CAUSES A PERSON TO LOOK OUT OF THEIR RACE OR DIFFERENT THEN HOW THEY LOOK ON A REGULAR DAY TO DAY BASIS? WE ARE IN 2012 RIGHT? IT’S ONE THING IF SHE’S TRYING TO DISCLAIM BEING BLACK BUT SHE’S NOT. WE ALL KNOW BRANDY IS AFRICAN AMERICAN. AND WHERE DID BEYONCE COME FROM? YOU’VE JUST REMINDED ME WHY I HATE GETTING INVOLVED IN BLOG COMMENTARIES. ONE DIFFERENT PHOTO SHOOT AND ALL OF A SUDDEN SHE’S TRYING TO BE WHITE. @ICANT

  39. toohotfortv April 2, 2012

    People are so interesting. Photography for photo shoots is different then your iphone app… and so is lighting. You can have 1000 watts of light on a person and that will make a person look very different. I’m speaking as a photographer and a dark skin person. People should really consider what they’re saying before they say it often your “opinions” are based in ignorance

  40. Me April 2, 2012

    @TOOHOTFORTV my point. Thank you for your professional input.

  41. RoyalKev April 2, 2012

    It is just artistic expression, it would be just as beautiful if the magazine decided to bronze Brandy’s entire body and make her chocolate for a certain effect. It would be just as exotic! Brandy’s not walking around claiming to be Asian, so I am not offended. There are some artist that are confused when it comes down to that.

    People are right to bring up Beyonce, becuase she gets a lot of crap for this too. Still it’s ok for other white artist to look like animals or aliens. I agree that black people need to stop being so critical and get rid of the tags. If your not looking like a church girl then your doing too much. SMH… People really need to explore more often. Black women can be s***, unique, adventurous and creative like anyone else!

    http://www.thepagewithroyalkev.com

  42. BLAH April 2, 2012

    NO. IT’S NOT MY FIRST. THEY LOOK JUST AS STUPID. BRANDY IS NOWHERE NEAR THIS COMPLEXION. THIS WASN’T JUST LIGHTING ON THE PHOTOSHOOT. THIS WAS DONE INTENTIONALLY IN EDITING. THESE PICS ARE HORRID AND IF THIS IS THE NEW ERA, Y’ALL CAN HAVE IT.

    I BROUGHT BEYONCE UP BC SHE HAS GOTTEN FLACK SOOO MUCH FOR THE SAME THING. SHE JUST GETS WAY MORE EVEN THOUGH THIS IS CLOSER TO HER NATURAL COMPLEXION THAN BRANDY’S

  43. Me April 2, 2012

    It’s one thing if you’re constantly having photo shoot after photo shoot with your skin lightened intentionally. It’s another thing if you do one photo shoot that’s a little gritty and edgy. Like seriously. Then if she were to paint her skin bronze or dark brown, people would ask why they made her so damn dark. Can never win. Anyway, kudos to your Brandy for trying something that’s different for YOU.

  44. nikkiischillin April 2, 2012

    Wow, Brandy looks amazing. The picture in the middle is my fave. I wonder whats up with the lighting. I hope it is just about artistic expression. Because Brandy is lovely as she is – chocolate.

  45. bryanric April 2, 2012

    like the pic’s but….i thought she was reppin the darkskin chicks

  46. tjay09 April 2, 2012

    The ignorance in this comments section is beyond me.

  47. Tristan April 2, 2012

    She looks amazing, but the lighting of skin was taken a bit overboard. Anyway, I’m anticipating this girls album.

  48. Oh Word?! April 2, 2012

    Why they got Brandy lookin like she got vitiligo

  49. 4everJoe April 2, 2012

    I would like to encourage all the #Stars to please don’t enteratain any negative comments from any blog, let’s just uplift the the Queen and support her all the way till Two Eleven drops.

  50. Set Tings Strater April 2, 2012

    I Love this SHOT of Brandy.. Shes Tryin Something Different..and wants something EDDY and Fresh.. NO MOre sed. She is Not Playin This ERa.. SHort Hair like that does suit her..

  51. Set Tings Strater April 2, 2012

    Thank U @4everJoe and @ME Your comments are really On Point..

  52. Bran Star April 2, 2012

    People ask for Brandy to do something interesting…They wait for her to do things that they wouldn’t expect her to do…But the moment when Brandy does something to step outside her comfort zone, and outside of the box like this, she’s instantly judged and ridiculed beyond belief! This is not a recurring thing for her! She’s giving you avant-garde, fashion forward appeal with this photo shoot.

    And then comes the predicatble negativity, just like clockwork. And then you all wonder why she retreats back into her shell…her comfort zone…Please, Please, PLEASE stop restricting her, and just let her live her life.

  53. Vronika April 2, 2012

    Brandy is giving THE HATERS there LIFE rite now YESSSSS ! WORK!
    AND she very much so puts me in mind of TOP MODEL Contestant BIANCA.

  54. @4evermelvin April 2, 2012

    You guys are F****** Idiots! Don’t you f****** asses realize she is in an extreme bright light. Like right under the sun. The picture is not meant to make her look bleached out. Just under some intense sun rays. F****** idiots man.

  55. mobwife April 3, 2012

    Bran is looking gorgeous! I can’t wait for the CD!

  56. Tina January 31, 2015

    The pictures are gorgeous. I just hope she didn’t bleach her skin. She had beautiful brown skin.

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