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Rihanna looksÂ amazingÂ onÂ theÂ cover of Elle Magazine. Umm, when does she look bad?
On the album art for Rated R: â€œI wanted pictures that represented strength and fearlessness but still femininityâ€”a strong woman who can be vulnerable. Every woman is made up of vulnerability and strength; no matter what race you are, no matter what youâ€™ve been through in your life. Every woman has that strength that is undeniable, but we also have really big hearts. Itâ€™s just us.â€
On her new beau: â€œI have a boyfriend. Iâ€™m so happy. I feel really comfortable, and itâ€™s so easy. I have such a chaotic life, but at the end of the day, that is just my peace. It keeps me sane, really, talking to him and talking to my family.â€
On turning her dream of popstardom into reality: â€œIf I were in Barbados still, I would be dreaming about this. I asked for it, and I love it, so why am I complaining? My first day on tour, I remember saying â€˜Iâ€™m so tiredâ€”this is so much.â€™ Then I thought, What the fuck? You asked for thisâ€”you prayed to God to tour like Madonna.â€
On designers she admires: â€œItâ€™s clear there are definitely fewer black women in the high-fashion industry. One of the things I respected most about Gucci was that they did a print campaign with me. Iâ€™m a black girl on a fashion spread for Gucciâ€”that was a big deal. I respect designers who arenâ€™t afraid to go outside the box. I went to a Jean Paul Gaultier show, and I saw girls who are thicker than me, beautiful and voluptuous and different ethnicities. That made me so excited. I thought, Okay, I can work that, for sure.â€
On the past year: â€œA year ago, I was very confused. Because he was my best friend. All of a sudden, one night changed our whole livesâ€”not only our friendship, but our lives. I wanted to wake up one day and just not have that pain anymore. I wanted to be with him again or get over himâ€”it was either-or. I just didnâ€™t want to feel the pain, the confusion.â€
Photo from Elle