A few days ago we got to see the new Vogue cover featuring a red hot Rihanna, photographed by Annie Liebovitz. I love Annie Liebovitz’s work, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the cover. Now we have the rest of the images from the shoot, and they’re actually pretty awesome. Click inside to see more high-fashion RiRi and to read excerpts from the interview. Rihanna talks love, drugs, and of course he who shall remain nameless.
Rihanna For Vogue
I love these photos! Not so much the cover, but definitely the first two shots. I haven’t read the entire piece yet, but a lot of it seems a bit superficial. Still, I guess it’s the stuff people want to hear:
Rihanna passes the dressing rooms for Swift and Perry as well as Frank Ocean, the ascendant R&B star. Later that night she will bump into the actor Robert Pattinson, who is here to promote the final Twilight film, unaccompanied by his costar Kristen Stewart, with whom Pattinson has endured a terribly awkward breakup. Recently there were tabloid reports that Rihanna was flirting by text with Pattinson. When I relayed this rumor to Rihanna before the VMAs, she expressed horror and pronounced it “the most bullshit ever,” but she also seemed amused. No two private lives in the universe are subjected to as much daily rumormongering as Rihanna’s and Pattinson’s, and watching their encounter in the hallway is like witnessing the collision of gossip planets. Pattinson lowers his head and smiles. Rihanna gives him an innocent hug and pushes on. The exchange is shorter than three seconds…
She is not a quarter-century old and she is already an industry. Forbes magazine estimated her income last year at $53 million, placing her fourth on its list of most-powerful celebrities, behind only Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, and Justin Bieber. “We are just at the beginning of what Rihanna can achieve,” says her friend designer Stella McCartney. Rihanna’s mother, Monica Braithwaite, believes her daughter has found a proper balance. “She’s a very shrewd businesswoman, but she’s still the same Robyn, a good heart,” she says.
And yet, no matter what Rihanna does as an artist, her story always winds its way back to February 2009, when she was assaulted by Chris Brown. The abuse was shocking, and Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault. Though a cloud lingers over his name, Brown and Rihanna have become friendly. Controversially, she collaborated with him on a remix of a raunchy track from her last album called “Birthday Cake.” Over the summer, she did a tearful interview with Winfrey in which she said she still loved Brown and hoped he “finds peace.”
At dinner I ask her if she thinks she’s going to be talking about Brown for the rest of her life. “To the world, I feel like there’s no closure,” she says. “There’s some obsession that’s continued even throughout when we weren’t friends or couldn’t be friends at all. Hated each other. The world hasn’t let go. They haven’t seen any progress in our friendship, because they don’t see anything, really, besides the song.”
She says the “Birthday Cake” remix was her idea. “I didn’t think it could be anything detrimental to my career,” she says. “I was on a tour bus ride between two cities, listening to my album, thinking, Oooh, maybe I should make this into a duet. And I started coming up with a bunch of people, and his name crossed my mind. I thought, We haven’t made a song in so long together . . . it could be a little shocking.”
It was shocking, and there was blowback. “So now it’s a bit of a fascination, I guess,” she says. “I don’t know if people will stop soon, but I feel like as soon as they have closure to it, they will.” She doesn’t expect she will win everyone’s understanding. “But they’re not on the inside. They can’t see what I see, unless they’re sitting in my point of view. I guess I’ll learn to accept that.”
Read the rest of the piece here. Honestly? Rihanna pretty much sounds like a typical pop/rock star. She talks about doing drugs (but not the bad ones), being single (because she totally is), and mainly having an ish-load of fun with life, lol. I guess that’s a good thing– the fun part, at least.
What do you guys think of the shoot? Anybody else feeling a teeny, tiny bit Rihanna’d out?