Fresh off her hosting stint on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’, Ciara basically set Instagram on fire. Posing in a black bikini, the songstress shared a series of sexy snapshots of herself. Sporting a ruffled halterneck top and high waisted bottoms along with thick waist length box braids, the pictures drew plenty of praise as well as pushback across social media. Mostly praise though.

The amazing photos seem to have been taken by her husband Russell Wilson. Earlier this week, the singer shared a few other more intimate shots, likely also taken by Wilson, of her in their bedroom. Since Russell's team, the Seattle Seahawks are done for the season, it seems he's got a bit of extra time on his hands to pick up a new hobby.


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The pictures also showed a side of the performer we rarely see, her nearly makeup-free glow the focal point of most shots. Just last month, the singer took part in another sexy shoot for the LOVE Advent Calendar. "2017 has proven to be the year of the woman and what better way to celebrate female empowerment than a month of unapologetically strong and sexy women," she said. "Empowerment is about freedom of expression and it's always amazing to see women being confident in their own skin."

It's clear she's keeping that same energy for 2018 and beyond.