[Close-Up] Rihanna Serves Beauty (And Body) Goals For ‘Vogue’ June 2018

Rihanna X 'Vogue' June 2018

Photo Credit: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Rihanna continues her cover reign in a new spread for Vogue. Whether thick or thin, the Bajan beauty knows how to work the camera and she is giving us life in these new images lensed by photography icons Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. For her fifth cover with the glossy, she poses it up in a series of sparkles, silver and swimwear looks styled by Tonne Goodman from Chanel, Michael Kors Collection, Stella McCartney and Paco Rabanne.

[SEE ALSO: Rihanna’s Best Beauty Moments]

Her glowing beauty beat was crafted by Lisa Eldridge using her own Fenty Beauty line with longtime stylist Yusef giving her waist-grazing curls for a beacy, poolside look.

Inside, she talks about the response to her record-breaking Fenty Beauty collection, her new inclusive SAVAGE Fenty lingerie line, turning 30 and more.

Rihanna X 'Vogue' June 2018

Photo Credit: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

On creating a line that celebrated darker skin tones:

“As a Black woman, I could not live with myself if I didn’t do that,” she says. “But what I didn’t anticipate was the way people would get emotional about finding their complexion on the shelf, that this would be a groundbreaking moment.” 

On body positivity:

“You’ve just got to laugh at yourself, honestly. I mean, I know when I’m having a fat day and when I’ve lost weight. I accept all of the bodies,” she says, shrugging her shoulders. “I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.”

On what “SAVAGE” means to her:

“Savage is really about taking complete ownership of how you feel and the choices you make. Basically making sure everybody knows the ball is in your court,” she says, twisting the nameplate between her purple-lacquered fingernails. “As women, we’re looked at as the needy ones, the naggy ones, the ones who are going to be heartbroken in a relationship. Savage is just the reverse. And you know, guys don’t like getting the cards flipped on them—ever.”

Click through to check out more visuals from the spread and read the full interview here.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

Stephenetta (isis) Harmon is founder/Black beauty directory for Sadiaa Black Beauty guide, the premier directory Black-owned beauty brands, and former digital media director for Hype Hair.