Rihanna, who is currently on tour in Europe with her Last Girl on Earth Tour, made a pit-stop in France to film her new music video for Te Amo in a picturesque French château this week. Here are a few photos for Ri Ri on the French set of her new music video:
Rihanna was clearly in the mood for love as she appeared on the set of her new video. The Bajan singer ditched her usual edgy, scantily-clad outfits for a romantic, flowing maxi dress as she shot the promo for her new single Te Amo. Currently in France for her Last Girl On Earth world tour, Rihanna took time out of gigging to film the video in the scenic location of a French château. After performing at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy on Wednesday night, Rihanna was up bright and early the following morning to shoot the promo at a château in the nearby town of Vigny. With manicured grounds, surrounded by fog against the backdrop of the 16th century castle, Rihanna looked every inch the romantic heroine. But, as expected from Rihanna, she did sex things up a notch when she changed into a racy black basque for another sequence. Joining the 22-year-old on location was French supermodel Laeticia Casta, who looked striking with her dramatic make-up and sexy black outfit. While Rihanna and director Anthony Mandler are keeping tight-lipped over the video’s storyline, a casting call asked for ‘beautiful, sexy and glamorous’ females who are ‘comfortable in their bodies’. Mandler has directed videos for some of the world’s biggest pop stars including Usher, Nelly Furtado, Eminem and Enrique Iglesias and Te Amo is the 11th time they’ve worked together. Writing on his Twitter page, Mandler enthused: ‘Thanks to all of Rihanna’s fans for the long list of suggestions… we’re gonna follow our instincts and give you guys something special … One of the best things about being an artist is the ability to cause controversy.’
Ooooooh, controversy. You know, I was just thinking that there isn’t enough controversy in music videos these days and how shocking it would be if a pop star actually caused a stir with one of their music videos. It’s as if Rihanna read my mind. I mean, I love the girl but I’m no longer intrigued by people courting controversy just for publicity’s sake. I find it hard to believe that this new music video will offer anything exciting and new but, I’ll take a look when it gets released. The only thing that would shock me is if Rihanna — or any other pop star — didn’t try so hard to shock me. Now there’s a novel idea.