Maren Morris Says She Doesn’t ‘Want To Be Known As A Female Artist’ In Topless Shoot For ‘Playboy’

Maren Morris is stripping down for the new issue of Playboy, and some of her fans are not too happy about it.

The country star is featured in the magazine’s Gender and Sexuality issue out now, with photos of Morris posing topless for the shoot.

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Maren Morris. Photo: Harper Smith for Playboy
Maren Morris. Photo: Harper Smith for Playboy

In the wide-ranging conversation Morris opens up about women in country music, sex and body-positivity in the genre and the success of her album GIRL.

“I don’t want to be remembered for being a great female artist. I would like to be known as a great artist,” Morris says.

Maren Morris. Photo: Harper Smith for Playboy
Maren Morris. Photo: Harper Smith for Playboy

Talking about being strong while being in a relationship, the singer says, “I’ve learned it’s okay to not be a bad**s all the time. Over the past few years, as I wrote GIRL, I learned that it’s not a weakness to be vulnerable with somebody else, to share all your light and your darkness with them, to trust that they won’t trample your heart or judge you.”

She adds, “That was such a learning curve for me, because I used to think if you were vulnerable and admitted how much you needed someone, you were being submissive. That’s so far from the case. Saying I need my husband [country singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd] isn’t me submitting to his power. It’s me being independent and saying, ‘Yeah, I need your f**king time right now.'”

Maren Morris. Photo: Harper Smith for Playboy
Maren Morris. Photo: Harper Smith for Playboy

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Some of Morris’ fans, however, were not happy about her decision to strip down for the iconic men’s magazine.

“No longer a fan,” wrote one person on social media, while another posted, “Gross! No dignity at all…”

Morris, however, quickly responded to the backlash.

“The thing about me is, I make music for myself,” she wrote in an Instagram Stories post that she later posted on Twitter. “I learned later that it touches others, which is the most wonderful byproduct of a songwriter’s calling. Some can slut-shame me for my lyrics about sex, and you can put me in your little box, but I just want to live and love.”

“I recently accepted myself and will put these photos in a frame because I’ll never have this moment back,” she added. “Can’t wait for you to read my interview with @playboy in their ‘Gender + Sexuality’ issue next week. I drop some truthy too.”

The new issue of Playboy with Morris is now on newsstands.

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