With her Navy fans on edge for her ninth studio album, Rihanna is posing it up in her now sixth cover spread for Vogue. With all of her boss moves, nabbing a cover is just another notch on her the Bajan beauty’s belt.
But this one, in particular, is making history with Rihanna now holding the title of being the Black woman with the solo U.S. Vogue covers, ever. So, no, there’s no set date for the reggae-inspired album that fans continue to troll her for, but she is serving up her an epic dose of goddess vibes for the ethereal (and historic) spread.
Of course, she rocks looks from her own Fenty collection, including a neutral Fenty tulle coat, and an Alexander McQueen dress. Her cascading waves and tousled updos were coifed by Yusef Williams and bronze face beat by Kanako Takase.
Inside, she talks about her empire, her forthcoming album, politics, and her love of music.
On music as her foundation:
“Music is, like, speaking in code to the world, where they get it. It’s the weird language that connects me to them. Me the designer, me the woman who creates makeup and lingerie—it all started with music. It was my first pen pal–ship to the world. To cut that off is to cut my communication off. All of these other things flourish on top of that foundation.”
On Trump and politics:
“People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal. And the fact that it’s classified as something different because of the color of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist.” She goes on: “Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem. The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president.”
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