As it turns out, though, it wasn't her idea or photographer Terry Richardson's. "The actual reason why I did it is because my manager was like, 'You should grab his balls," the RCA songstress told host Joe La Puma during the latest episode of Sneaker Shopping with Complex.
Tinashe's story is mildly amusing and the end result of her crotch grab seen 'round the world wide web has been a net positive for her career—all publicity is good publicity, right?—but traveling further down the road of sexual exploitation does stand to undermine her work as an artist.
Selling sex in the entertainment world has been a blueprint for success for years, but if Tinashe is serious about her career as an artist, and not as a piece of eye candy, it might behoove her to tell her manager no the next time she's encouraged to cup a man's junk. Or maybe she needs a new manager.