Celine Dion struck a series of seductive poses for photographer Sebastian Faena in the new issue of V Magazine, on newsstands Aug. 30. She let members of the publication's staff inside her Florida home for the interview and shoot, and channeled her inner Playboy bunny in the 1960s-inspired spread, which was styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. Celine, whose Vegas show has been running for just over a year, spoke about motherhood, the media, and her fears about fame in the accompanying interview. She also suggested that her free-spirited approach to the session mirrors her philosophy on life. Here are some highlights:
- On being transparent about her personal life: "For me to tell someone that my husband had cancer, that we were struggling to have kids, or whatever we've gone through, talking about my life lets people know the real me . . . I've been an open book all my life, and I think that's why people like me. I've been criticized for it, but I'm not forcing myself to be the person that you see."
- On how motherhood changed her: "I thought I had a life before, but until I was a mom, I had no idea. Why would I want a hit? Why would I want to win awards? There is nothing I can hope and wish for my career: I can just hope to be blessed as a mother for the rest of my life the way I am now."
- On being impacted by Whitney Houston's death: "I have always been scared of the industry. Why? Because I think it's a place where anything is possible. It's a 'Yes' place, especially if you have success. And then you think that you have family and friends, true friends. But sometimes the love of family isn't strong enough to overcome. I was just in shock when Whitney's life had been taken because of drugs. It's a big loss for all of us."