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Behind The Cover: Rihanna’s Cowgirl Chic

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Via British Vogue: When you’re booked as a hairstylist for British Vogue’s April cover shoot and the subject is Rihanna, you know your day won’t be a boring one. If there’s anyone prepared to experiment with their look it’s Rihanna, which is why her regular collaborator Yusef Williams – who has worked with her on her Balmain, Dior and Puma campaigns and is currently on the Anti tour – was the only man for the job.

“We do enjoy mixing things up. I find that photoshoots are the place where we can go against the grain, whether it be classic or over the top,” Williams told us. “It is an amazing experiencing working with Rihanna – she is someone that keeps me on my toes creatively. As a hairstylist it’s very important not to be complacent in your artistry and Rihanna is someone that brings out the best in you even when you think you have achieved your maximum potential.”

With heavily-embellished clothing and a new Manolo Blahnik shoe collaboration to show off, the shoot called for hair strong enough to complement the fashion without distracting from it – think full, swept-back waves with plenty of volume.

“The brief from Craig McDean and Kate Phelan was to make her beautiful, which was not hard to do. There was no need to play around with several styles because Kate knew she wanted to go with more of a cowgirl-inspired look,” he explained. “Craig and I have past history working together so he was aware of my style and technique. With that, the overall goal was to give her a polished and beautiful look.”

Williams dried the hair with a round brush and pin-curled it immediately afterwards to create volume, adding dry shampoo and hairspray to keep the style in place. Finishing spray added shine, whilst one important final touch gave the cover image its style talking point.

“It was Kate & Rihanna’s idea to use the Piers Atkinson cowboy hat on the cover – I thought it was amazing.”

April British Vogue is on newsstands now.


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Rihanna for Vogue Paris (December 2017)

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Check out all the scans from the latest edition of Vogue Paris!

Rihanna is December’s special guest editor and she graces not one but three 3 covers. The three photoshoots were shot by 3 different photographers (Juergen Teller, Inez and Vinoodh, and Jean-Paul Goude) with 3 editorials. The magazine is out on newsstands now! Don’t miss it and view all the photos at RihannaVault.com

    

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5 Rihanna quotes to read before the release of the Vogue Paris Christmas 2017 edition

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Via Vogue Paris: As well as posing for three of Vogue’s strongest photographers – Jean-Paul Goude, Inez & Vinoodh and Juergen Teller – Vogue Paris’ guest of honor for the December 2017/January 2018 edition Rihanna also opens up her family photo album exclusively for the magazine. From her memories in pictures, to her favorite things, her fears and break-ups, Vogue Paris picks out a few Rihanna highlights before the issue’s December 1 release.

Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris in the December 2017/January 2018 issue, on Rihanna: “She’s one of the most emblematic artists of the early 21st century. She’s moved more than 200 million records of her hybrid R&B, dance, rock and reggae-flavored music, provided sartorial surprises from glammed-up streetwear to reworked classics and is driven by an unparalleled desire to succeed. Stamped with her trademark bold body art, Rihanna cuts an unusual figure in the celebrity Hall of Fame.”

“My first bomb. All of my friends were jumping into the water, and so did I. My photographer friend Dennis was in the water and took this picture. You can see the splash mark on the lens. It was my day off before I was due to perform in the Dominican Republic on the next day for the Diamonds World Tour. Normally on days off when I’m on tour, instead of sleeping or lazing around in the sun like I’m doing here, I try to visit the cities where I’m stopping over in and play tourist for the day, getting lost in the museums, on the streets and exploring the surroundings as much as possible. I have a lot of trouble switching off. Even when I get home early, which means before 1 a.m., I start binge-watching shows or documentaries, which I love. I can’t go straight to bed. Actually, I only sleep three or four hours a night.”

“Greatest Love of All means Whitney Houston to me! The innocence on her face in the music video moves me. It’s a love song, but not of a classic love story or heartache. It’s tackles self-love. We don’t know where the pain starts, where it finishes, and fame can help to heal our deep-seated wounds and weaknesses. But there is a moment of grace in life where hope finds its niche, where trust lies. This is what I read on Whitney’s face when I watch this video. I would’ve loved for her to keep that forever.”

“Every time a man cheats on you or treats you badly, you need a revenge dress. Every woman knows that. But whether her choice of this knockdown dress was conscious or not, I am touched by the idea that even Princess Diana could suffer like any ordinary woman. This Diana Bad Bitch moment blew me away.”

“Bob Marley paved the way for Caribbean artists like myself. Thanks to him, to his journey, I learnt that there were no limits, that we were all equally capable of living our dreams, that I had a purpose, that I could be seen and heard. Every time my mother comes across a video of him, she tells his story for the umpteenth time. She’s a fan.”

“I’ve never been totally comfortable in front of the camera. Even today, I find the camera terrifying. It embodies the millions of eyes that will look at you. I try not to take it to heart. As long as I’m in my element on stage, in front of my audience, I know that they’re emotionally connecting with me, that they love my music and aren’t judging me, feeling vulnerable behind the camera is ok.”

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Vogue Paris: Rihanna shares insights into her personal life and inspirations

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Via WWD: What does it take to become Rihanna? Less than four hours’ sleep per night, apparently.

The “Wild Thoughts” singer shares insights into her personal life and inspirations as guest editor of the December issue of Vogue Paris, scheduled to go on sale on Dec. 1. The issue comes with three separate covers shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Jean-Paul Goude and Juergen Teller.

A section titled “A Girl Like Me” opens with a candid shot of Rihanna divebombing into a pool in the Dominican Republic. In the accompanying caption, she reveals that she usually likes to spend her days off on tour sightseeing rather than sunbathing.

I have a lot of trouble switching off. Even when I get home early, which means before 1 a.m., I start binge-watching shows or documentaries, which I love. I can’t go straight to bed. As a matter of fact, I only sleep three or four hours a night,” she is quoted as saying in the French text.

Among the personalities she selected as inspirations are Bob Marley, Whitney Houston, Elizabeth Taylor, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, Michèle Lamy, Patricia Field and her mother Monica Fenty.

Rihanna also chose a picture of Princess Diana wearing a black off-the-shoulder gown, often referred to as her “revenge dress,” to the Serpentine Gallery’s summer party in 1994. The outing occurred on the same night as Prince Charles confessed to having been unfaithful in a TV documentary.

“Every time a man cheats on you or treats you badly, you need a revenge dress. Every woman knows that. But whether her choice of this knockdown dress was conscious or not, I am touched by the idea that even Princess Diana could suffer like any ordinary woman. This Diana Bad Bitch moment blew me away,” she said.

In a section that mixes backstage moments from video shoots with childhood snaps, Rihanna – who regularly delights her 58 million Instagram followers with revealing images – says she is much more comfortable performing on stage than on a film set or photo shoot.

A childhood anecdote reveals she always yearned to be the center of attention.

“I remember a birthday party my parents had organized at home for a neighbor, Michelle, a childhood friend. I must have been three or four years old. Everyone was dancing around her in the living room and I couldn’t stand the fact that at that precise moment, I wasn’t the center of attention,” she recalled.

“I snuck upstairs and got changed. I put on a pink and yellow swimsuit and an African print jacket with an orange hood. There is a video of this scene. You can hear everyone calling, ‘Robyn, where’s Robyn?’ Then you see these four fingers sliding down the bannister as I come downstairs. It’s hilarious,” she said.

It’s been a bountiful season for Rihanna, who also appears on four covers shot by Harley Weir for Dazed magazine’s December issue.

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