Avril Lavigne may be all grown up, but that doesn't mean she's shedding the tough girl image she had when she released her debut album in The punk rock princess posed topless for Maxim's November issue , clad in just black leather pants, spiked gloves and smoky black eye shadow. It's an edgy magazine, so it's cool. Lavigne has often portrayed herself as just that - edgy - but she's not afraid to show her softer side, too.
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The latest extremely limited variation on a theme dreamed up by a middle-aged record label exec in need of some fresh thrills after his wife ditched him for a hench personal trainer from Potters Bar comes courtesy of Avril Lavigne. Now 34 years old, the Sk8er Woman is expressing her maturity by appearing on the cover of Head Above Water, her first album in five years, in moody black and white, like a Camden High Street busker as directed by Fellini. Stripping off, jumping in a large puddle and strategically manoeuvring her body behind an acoustic guitar, we can see neither nipples nor pudenda but plenty of leg, a smidge of sideboob and a Brigitte Bardot bouffant.
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High above Times Square, the Canadian singer was playing a secret outdoor show for soaked fans gathered more than 50 feet below. Dressed in a black hoodie that didn't quite shield her from the raindrops, Lavigne performed a three-song set that featured "Girlfriend," "When You're Gone" and "Sk8r Boi. Lavigne has certainly come a long way since her innocent days as punk princess of the mall.
In she released her debut album, Let Go, featuring personas of a "skater punk" and "pop punk princess". She has sold more than 40 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide. Let Go made Lavigne the youngest female soloist to reach number 1 in the UK. As of , it has sold nearly 7 million copies in the United States and over 20 million copies worldwide. Her breakthrough single, "Complicated", peaked at number 1 in many countries around the world, as did the album Let Go. Her second studio album, Under My Skin, was released in May and was her first album to peak at number 1 on the US Billboard , eventually selling more than 12 million copies worldwide. Lavigne is one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the US, with over 11 million copies certified by the RIAA. Her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, was released in March