Rihanna’s British Vogue cover debut has been one of the magazine’s most anticipated issues since the singer herself let the cat out of the bag in late July. In short blonde wig and Armani Prive couture, the Bajan singer reveals a new quiet sophistication – although her interview with Christa D’Souza is just as loud, and controversial, as you might hope.
Rihanna has courted controversy with a series of edgy videos – including being tied up and taped to the wall with clingfilm in the video to her hit ‘S&M’. But in a Vogue interview, the singer insists: ‘That’s not me. That’s a part I play. You know, like it’s a piece of art… I just want to make music.’ The singer, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, said that life with her parents, Monica Braithwaite and Ronald Fenty, a former crack addict, triggered her rebellious attitude. ‘I saw too much. I was way too mature for my age,’ she revealed.
The November issue of Vogue goes on sale from Thursday (October 6). Photos by Alasdair McLellan.
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