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How Stevie Nicks Became a Selfie Queen

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Self portrait by Stevie Nicks taken in 2014.

While Stevie Nicks was recording her new album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs From the Vault (due out Oct. 7) on a strict three-month deadline, she also had to create cover art for the album. But she didn't have a concept, and there was no time for a photo shoot, so for the cover art and CD booklet, Nicks says, "We used Polaroids I took between 1975 and 1987," a period when Fleetwood Mac was often on tour.

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"I used to stay up half the night when I was on tour, because I wanted to learn to be a great photographer," she recalls. But because of her schedule, Nicks was usually the subject of her pictures. "I couldn’t find anyone to model for me, because I worked so late at night." And like a lot of photographers, she was demanding, too: "I'd say, 'If you want to be my model, be in my room at 2:30 in the morning, dressed like Queen Elizabeth.'" She laughs at the absurdity of her demand. "I was a ridiculous, obsessive photographer."

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A number of Nicks' self-portraits -- taken with a Polaroid camera during that 1975-1987 time period -- will be displayed in an exhibition titled "24 Karat Gold" at New York City's Morrison Hotel Gallery at 201 Mulberry Street on Oct. 10 and 11, and will move to the Morrison's gallery at 116 Prince Street on Oct. 13, where it will run throughout October. Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, who co-produced 24 Karat Gold, hand-picked the photos being shown.

Stevie Nicks: The Billboard Q&A

Check out recent selfies Nicks took that she shared with Billboard below: