Taylor Momsen insists she doesn't use her sexuality to shock.
The 20-year-old singer posed naked for the front cover of her band The Pretty Reckless' upcoming album Going To Hell record, causing a storm on social media when she posted the artwork.
On the LP sleeve, Taylor is seen showing off her back which has a giant cross emblazoned on it with an arrow pointing to her bare bottom, but she is adamant the risqué pose is artistically motivated.
Speaking to the Metro newspaper, she said: "Everyone was like, 'Woah, she's naked.' But everything I do has an artistic purpose behind it, from clothing to my new record cover. I don't set out to shock—I've definitely matured and evolved. I'm just a person, I make art. My sexuality is there for a reason; it's not just about lewdness."
The former Gossip Girl actress admits she was perplexed by her sexuality in her teens but used clothes and fashion to learn about herself.
She explained: "In the beginning it was me in corsets and stripper heels and all that—I was a kid, everyone thought it was so shocking because I was young and you have to be older to wear that stuff.
"I was a kid confused about sexuality and all of that and expressing that confusion in all of it. I think all teenagers express themselves in that way, I was just being very overt about it."