Nicole Scherzinger reveals Adele is her style icon and her love of the LBD in exclusive fashion chat

'Adele has a fabulous body and knows her way around a little black dress': Nicole Scherzinger reveals her unlikely style icon and her love of the LBD in exclusive fashion chat

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15:13 GMT, 27 September 2012

Singer Nicole Scherzinger's vampy style has injected the X Factor judging table with some much-needed sex appeal.

The 34-year-old loves taking risks with her wardrobe and has been a fan of curve-kissing dresses and barely there designs since her days as a PussyCat Doll.

So it might surprise you to learn that British singer Adele – known for her generous curves and simple style – is one of the American star's biggest style crushes.

Nicole Scherzinger at Westfield shopping centre

Singer Adele attends The BRIT Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena

X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger says singer Adele has an amazing body and knows how to work a LBD

In an exclusive interview with online dress company Little Black Dress Nicole cited the plus-sized star's wardrobe as one of her favourites alongside bootylicious singers Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.

Nicole says: 'I’m very inspired by my music and other
artists in the industry such as Beyonce, J.Lo and Adele,

'All of those
ladies have fabulous bodies and definitely know their way around a little black dress.'

'I have always admired Marilyn Monroe. I
think she looked fabulous whatever she wore as she knew her assets and
how to best show them off.

'I also love Victoria Beckham’s style and
think her dresses are amazing.'

Nicole Scherzinger at the Capital Radio Summertime Ball

Singer Nicole Scherzinger attends the GQ

The singer is a huge fan of wardrobe classic the little black dress, often wearing leather versions of the design

Less is more when it comes to Nicole's signature style, and the star revealed that she is a huge fan of the wardrobe classic, the LBD: 'I can be quite daring with my clothes
but believe that you have to feel comfortable and confident to carry off
whatever it is you’re wearing.

'In the evening I love to look sexy but
ladylike and find that a little black dress is a great example.

'A little black dress can mean so
many things – I guess it depends what you accessorise it with.

'You can
have an LBD with boots and leather jacket for a gig, or you can
accessorise with a clutch bag and killer heels for a night out.

'Whatever
you wear your LBD with, remember the one thing you really need to look
fabulous is confidence.

I have lost count of the number of LBDs I own as my wardrobe
changes so often with my travelling.

'I like styles that
show off my shoulders, as I think your arms and shoulders are revealing
– but not too revealing – and make you look strong.

'I wore a really
cute LBD for my recent X Factor auditions actually… it had a halter neck
and an A-line skirt which was very feminine but edgy at the same time.'

Singer Adele arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs)

Adele with her two 2012 Brit awards at The O2 Arena, London

Singer Adele chose classic black dresses for her appearances at the 2011 Grammys and 2012 Brit Awards

Of course, looking good in any dress is easy when you have a body like Nicole's and keeping busy is a huge part of Lewis Hamilton's girl's keep fit routine: 'I stay in shape by performing, rehearsals and running
around from place to place.

'If I want to unwind then I’ll do yoga or
Pilates to keep my body supple and strong.

'I try to eat healthily, drink lots of water and get some decent
sleep like any other girl out there. I’d like to say my beauty regime
plays a big part of my day, but a simple cleanse, tone and moisturise is
all I need.' she said,

Nicole is constantly topping sexist woman lists, but the Hawaiian born star has bits of her body that she does and doesn't like, just like the rest of us, adding: 'My collarbones are my favourite part of my body. You
will often see me wearing dresses that are open across the top. I think
shoulders are sexier than cleavage.

'I don’t like my thighs, the back of
my legs or my chubby knees – I never have. I wear clothes that show my
legs in pictures and videos but not often when I’m appearing live.

'It
takes time to really understand your body shape and it has taken me
years to know what I can and can’t pull off. I love a dress that is
fitted, classy, sexy and feminine.'

Beyonce Knowles attends the

Jennifer Lopez poses backstage at the Golden Globes

Nicole's other style crushes Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez are fans of dramatic black gowns on the red carpet

And, of course, even A-listers have some dodgy style skeletons hiding in the cupboard that they would rather forget.

Nicole says: 'Before the Pussycat Dolls I was part
of the girl group Eden’s Crush. I don’t know what we were thinking … we
had pants that were cut to make us look like the Incredible Hulk and we
had to burst out of them. When I look back I wonder why nobody told us!'

A BRIEF HISTORY OF A WARDROBE CLASSIC

The origins of the little black dress are accredited to the classic designs of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.

Chanel’s mantra was to design and produce a range of black dresses that were intended to be wearable, versatile and available to the mass market due to the neutral nature of the colour palette.

The Chanel philosophy lives on today as the archetypal model for aspiring little black dress designs to bow down to. designer brands and high street chains emulate the calf-length, straight cut, uncomplicated designs that were so typical of Chanel collections.

Coco Chanel the French fashion designer is credited with inventing the little black dress

Coco Chanel the French fashion designer is credited with inventing the little black dress

Prior to the late 1920s when Chanel was at the beginning of her journey down the road to becoming a universally recognised, iconic figure in fashion, black was considered a colour of mourning, with negative connotations.

Chanel managed to change the perception of black and transformed its tainted reputation into one of sophistication and class.

The flapper dress was the preceding step in the LBD chain of evolution in all its glittering glory. This dress featured the Chanel straight up and down cut with extremely clean lines but with an added pinch of razzle and a dash of dazzle.

The flapper style was snatched up by people of all ages and still pops it head up now in the contemporary fashion industry.

In the 1940s and 1950s fashion went back to in black but the LBD had a foxy new makeover as housewives tried to emulate screen sirens like Grace Kelly in the films of this era with their sex symbol image and perfectly sculpted hourglass shapes created by synched waists and capped sleeves was a blueprint for the little black dresses we all know and love today.