Rihanna is to join a campaign to ensure that girls and boys in the world’s poorest countries can get a quality education. Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced a multi-year partnership with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and international advocacy group Global Citizen.
The partnership will advocate for the rights of the over quarter of a billion children and young people who are not in school today and an estimated 330 million who are in school but not learning. Operating across more than 60 developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality education, the partnership will prioritize the poorest and most vulnerable, including girls and children affected by conflict and crisis.
In her new role as GPE Global Ambassador, Rihanna will encourage world leaders and policymakers to boost their support for global education and education in emergencies through the Global Partnership for Education, the only global organization focused exclusively on improving education in the world’s poorest countries.
The announcement comes the same week as a group of influential leaders from all continents called on the world to invest more and better in education, particularly in the world’s poorest countries. The report of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity presents compelling new data and analysis and makes the case for urgent action to ensure education is the foundation for a world that is prosperous, peaceful, equitable and future-ready.
Speaking of the partnership, Rihanna said, “I feel strongly that all children everywhere should be afforded the opportunity of a quality education. Therefore I’m proud to announce Clara Lionel Foundation’s partnership with education advocacy leaders like the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen. Working together, I know we can amplify our efforts and ensure that millions of children gain access to education globally.”
GPE Chair and former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, said, “We are thrilled that Rihanna is joining GPE as Global Ambassador to campaign for every child to be able to experience the power of a quality education. We have a once in a generation opportunity to build the commitment of world leaders to education, and Rihanna’s voice and travels to countries where GPE is actively engaged, will be hugely influential in improving the lives of girls and boys everywhere.”
Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen said, “Achieving a future free of extreme poverty starts with education. In creating this partnership we bring together three complementary parties, Global Citizen will drive the advocacy and movement building efforts, Rihanna, whose reach as one of the greatest artists of our generation will amplify this essential work, and the Global Partnership for Education will campaign governments around the world to effect real change. By coming together, our organizations will have an impact for generations to come.”
Queen of YouTube!
Rihanna has become the second artist (after Justin Bieber) and first female act to reach 10 billion views on her Vevo channel on YouTube when all global views of her back catalogue on the platform are added together.
Additionally, Rihanna’s channel has over 23 million subscribers since she joined in May 2009. She is also the artist with the most VEVO Certified videos — with over 100 million views. Watch them here.
On Wednesday, September 28, Rihanna will present her Spring 2017 Fenty x Puma collection during Paris Fashion Week.
“It’s a dream for me to be able to present my second collection of Fenty Puma by Rihanna in Paris,” the songstress said via release. “I approached this season very differently and felt the theme and concept was best suited for one of my favorite cities, Paris.”
The Fenty x Puma show will be live-streamed exclusively on Tidal for fans to follow along. (Non-members will also be able to watch the streams on Tidal, too.) The scene of the Spring show promises to be more intimate than Rihanna’s blowout Fall outing in New York last February—and very different from a traditional runway show format.
Cara Delevingne is the new face of PUMA’s “Do You” campaign, which cites a quote from Rihanna, Puma’s creative director, as its basis: “I dare myself to make things work. I don’t do things for the response or controversy. I just live my life.”
Rihanna directed Delevingne in the new campaign, where the model poses in Puma athletic wear in a studio and on the city streets.
“It was effortless to collaborate with her because she’s a close friend,” Delevingne told Refinery29. “I really admire both her business mind and her creativity, so working on this campaign together was a really great experience,” adding that pairing up with her pal also left her inspired.
Rihanna earns her sixth No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as “Needed Me” hops 2-1 on the Sept. 24-dated list.
The crowning climb follows another No. 1 for Rihanna earlier this year with “Work,” featuring Drake, which spent 11 weeks on top, first leading the Feb. 13 chart. It’s the first time that Rihanna has placed two tracks from the same album atop the chart; both are from her most recent release, Anti. The set debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (Feb. 20) and spent four weeks at No. 1.
“Needed Me” bumps Drake from his record-breaking 18-week run at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “One Dance,” featuring WizKid & Kyla. The song slides to No. 2 on the chart (which blends airplay, sales and streaming data, powered by Nielsen Music). “Needed Me” had spent the last eight weeks at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs below “One Dance.”
Rihanna takes the No. 1 slot despite an overall 2 percent decline in chart points. That said, the song is up 1 percent in streams (to 4.1 million in the week ending Sept. 8); 41 percent of its weekly clicks are from Spotify, while YouTube claims 35 percent. The song slips 11 percent in sales (to 27,000 downloads) and falls 2 percent in audience (to 80.6 million).
Rihanna’s 6 No. 1s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Title, Peak date, Weeks at No. 1
“Take a Bow,” Aug. 30, 2008, one week
“Diamonds,” Oct. 20, 2012, 14 weeks
“The Monster,” (Eminem feat. Rihanna), Nov. 16, 2013, 13 weeks
“FourFiveSeconds” (with Kanye West & Paul McCartney), Feb. 21, 2015, seven weeks
“Work,” feat. Drake, Feb. 13, 2016, 11 weeks
“Needed Me,” Sept. 24, 2016 (one week to date)
In the 11 years since Rihanna first debuted on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, on June 11, 2005, with “Pon De Replay” (which rose to No. 24), she has notched 48 total hits on the chart. She trails just two other female acts for the most appearances in that span: Nicki Minaj (71) and Beyonce (52).
Also notably, “Needed Me” took 32 weeks to hit the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs summit, completing Rihanna’s longest trip to No. 1 and the third-longest of any leader. John Legend’s “All of Me” reached No. 1 in its 35th frame in 2014, while the longest trek belongs to R. Kelly’s “Step in the Name if Love,” which became the chart’s leader in its 43rd week in 2003.
The singer’s autumn/winter 2016 Fenty Puma by Rihanna line was launched Tuesday. The edgy collection of mostly black-and-white ensembles includes loose sweaters and oversized pants, maxi dresses, sneakers, slippers and sneaker heels.
She called the clothes and items — wearable at the gym or not — “kind of haunting.”
“I kind of imagined if the Addams Family was working out, this is what they would be wearing,” Rihanna said in an interview with The Associated Press.”This collection is kind of dark, but very oversized and long, everything is extra and I love it,” she said. “It’s something I definitely wear all the time and you either have to be into it or not.”
She launched the line at pop-up shops at Foot Locker and Bergdorf Goodman in New York, where her feverish fans awaited the pop star’s arrival. She wore Puma head-to-toe, including white thigh-high boots, a long black skirt and a track jacket.
Rihanna, 28, talked about the new line and how Japanese street culture inspired her style.
AP: Did you listen to music while designing this line?
Rihanna: I always listen to music no matter what I’m doing. Music is definitely always something that drives the mood and creating and helps you lock that in and escape to a whole other world, but I won’t say any of these pieces were specific to certain songs or album — they just came from a feeling. I already knew what I wanted and I knew what I wanted to see and the direction, but to actually now apply that to silhouettes and things that had to still come back to athleticism, I had such a thrill with that challenge.
AP: What was it like designing a line versus shopping for yourself?
Rihanna: Oh my gosh, big difference! When you’re shopping, too, you feel like you’re designing as you’re shopping. You’re like, ‘I love this, but I wish it was shorter or I wish it was purple. I wish it was a different fabric,’ you know. It starts there, but then when you have to start from scratch, it really comes with an idea first, and then … you want to tweak and then you come up with something else and you want to add to it or change. It’s fun. It’s like an ocean — you can do whatever. It’s so, it’s a big canvas and Puma definitely let me have a lot of freedom creatively so I was lucky with that.
AP: You said this line was inspired by Japanese street culture. Do you remember your first trip to Japan? What was that like?
Rihanna: Supertrippy. I felt like I was on a whole other planet. I felt like I was the only person of my kind there. It was so weird. And their fashion, I felt like I was watching a hip-hop music video, I remember. The guys all wanted to be like supergangster and oversized this, oversized that; they were so cool. But the girls, they all walked around in thigh-high boots and tiny shorts, supercute outfits that I knew came from hip-hop culture. It was really cool actually to see that. Actually the worst part about that trip was none of the shoes could fit me. I have big feet and they don’t. They stop at like a size six and that’s it. But it was fun. And I’ve always been inspired since that day; I’ve always been inspired by Japanese style.
AP: You’ve always been bold and confident with your style, and people always say they like Rihanna “because she’s so real.” Have you always been confident?
Rihanna: I think … I’ve always been shy.
Rihanna: Yes. Yes. And still you wouldn’t believe, but still I get shy and awkward and (have) stage fright. Even when I was coming here, I was at Bergdorf’s earlier, I had this fluttering in my stomach ’cause it’s like a stage even though it wasn’t. … I’ve always been that way, but … when you realize that nothing is wrong, even if it’s awkward it’s not wrong … you kind of just are OK. Like you know it might be awkward for people or people might not understand it, but you’re fine. I wouldn’t change anything. I have to stay the same.
AP: They’ve been playing your songs and the fans have been singing along. What’s it like to have them here?
Rihanna: That is what it’s all about. I couldn’t come to the shop and be by myself … when they show up I mean that, that lets me know I’m doing something right and lets me know that they’re sincerely interested and enjoy what I do. And that’s the reward.
Via Billboard: In the intersecting spheres of fashion and music, who yields more influence than Rihanna? The 28-year-old singer, whose forward-thinking and fearless approach to style nabbed her the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)’s Fashion Icon Award in 2014, has been known to move a brand’s entire inventory of $9,000 headphones with a single tweet.
What’s more, she’s launched the careers of half a dozen designers, including Adam Selman, and the designer of her dramatic 2015 Met Gala look, Guo Pei, simply by wearing one of their dresses. It’s little wonder that brands from Dior to MAC Cosmetics to Puma have lined up to work with her and her stylist of five years, Mel Ottenberg.
Ottenberg, a longtime stylist and the fashion director of 032c magazine in Berlin, has been collaborating with Rihanna since her 2011 Loud tour — but they met long before that. In a recent chat, Ottenberg, 40, told us how the pair kicked off their professional relationship, the story behind Rihanna’s four outstanding VMA looks and how he satisfies the artist’s “ravenous appetite” for fashion.
How did you and Rihanna meet?
I met Rihanna a really long time ago. I did a shoot with her for Elle, and she was a young artist, and I really liked her. I remember running into her [years later] at a club, and when she came in she was like “Oh my god it was you,” and then we worked on this big performance in 2011.
Had you worked in an artist in that capacity before?
I’ve worked with a lot of celebrities, but just a shoot here and there, nothing like [what I’ve done with Rihanna] at all. I wanted to work with her because I knew that she had a lot of potential to do really great fashion stuff — you can tell she had fun with fashion and was fearless about it. I was doing some shoots with Kanye [West], and Willo [Perron] worked with Kanye at the time and then he worked with Rihanna, so I said, “Get me in with her, I really want to work with her, we could do great stuff together.”
What is the most challenging aspect of dressing Rihanna?
The challenge with her is she always wants to try something new, so I have to know what works, yet also try to push things forward, because this girl has already worn a million amazing outfits. She has a ravenous appetite for fashion.
How do you find new things to show her?
It would be great if there were enough things to excite me [on the runways], but there definitely aren’t, or at least not enough that would be right for the job at hand, so I end up making a lot of things and doing a lot of research in libraries. I also work with people that I trust and that I think can really show me great new ideas too, like Hood by Air, Adam Selman, Vetements. Also I like to show her stuff, see what gets her excited. I want her to feel really great and confident and sexy and cool and wearing an awesome outfit. I don’t want the clothes to do too much either, I want her to sing and feel great.
How much of what she wears is custom versus ready-to-wear?
It depends on what I’m doing. We just did VMAs, and I would say 70 percent of what she wore was custom.
How long did her VMA looks take to put together?
I started getting them together in mid-July, which was really crazy because fashion is dead in August, so I felt I was really up against a lot of obstacles. I was seeing all of fashion go on vacation in Greece on my Instagram feed, and I was like, “Fuck these people, I am working my ass off.”
What’s your best Rihanna memory?
Seeing her go on stage to get her 2014 CFDA Fashion Icon award in her crystal Adam Selman dress, sparkling on stage. The close second is all four performances at the VMAs the other night, that is hands-down my favorite performance moment with her.
Via CR: A bad gal becomes a queen
Photograph Terry Richardson
Fashion Carine Roitfeld
Words Ray Siegel
In order to understand why Rihanna is the perfect cover star for our Fall/Winter issue, our ninth edition, you must understand the issue’s theme. CR 9 is entirely dedicated to one of history’s most controversial and misunderstood heroines: Marie Antoinette. In fact, her most famous quote, “let them eat cake,” was never actually uttered by the Queen and has, over time, been attributed to her by mistake. It was this lack of understanding, as much as her notoriously over-the-top personal style, that moved Carine.
“I wanted to show that she is not just a villain to be despised or a muse to be channeled,” says Carine. “She is neither, actually. She is a prototype for contemporary fame, body, beauty, celebrity, and femininity. Everything done by her and to her has influenced society’s concept of womanhood, for better or worse.”
Looking at the life and times of Marie Antoinette, we begin to see parallels between her and the female celebrities of today. Who besides our modern pop stars are followed with more obsession and desire? Rihanna is beloved while Marie Antoinette was not, but she shares with the Queen an unapologetic attitude that inspires and fascinates. She says what she wants, smokes what she wants, and wears what she wants, making her an icon of authenticity in an era of calculated, pre-baked fame.
For our cover, Carine and Terry Richardson reimagined Rihanna as a modern-day Marie Antoinette. And there couldn’t be anyone more fit for this role of the disparaged yet deeply compelling Queen. “In this issue, I wanted to capture that sense of attraction and repulsion: the fantasy of glamour but also the poison and prison of femininity and society,” Carine explains. “The magazine is crafted around key elements of her [Marie Antoinette’s] life—her exuberant sense of fashion, her elaborate hairdos, her intense sexuality—almost like a modern biography through fashion imagery. And on the cover is Rihanna, who shares with Marie Antoinette an air of royalty that I, and the world it seems, find intoxicating.”
Rihanna just hit another major moment in her career. Nearly seven months after Rihanna debuted her first runway collection with Puma at New York Fashion Week, the line was officially made available to the public on Tuesday (September 6).
RiRi was on hand for the exclusive launch at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
While crowds swarmed Rihanna as she posed with the retailer’s shop windows, more fans eagerly waited inside to get a glimpse of Puma’s creative director and to shop her collection.
Before cutting the ribbon for the Bergdorf debut, Rihanna thanked Linda Fargo, SVP fashion and store-presentation director at Bergdorf Goodman, and president Josh Schulman. She said:
“Linda played a very big role in making this possible. It’s every designer’s dream to be carried at Bergdorf Goodman. For an island girl like me to carry such a prestigious brand like Puma from just the athleticism of the brand to glamour, and bring it all the way to Bergdorf Goodman is such a big deal for me. It makes me feel very special. Thank you guys for taking a chance on me. I can’t believe my fans can come here and buy my collection.”
Afterwards, Rihanna hung around and shopped with fans before heading to Foot Locker for another celebratory launch of her Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection.
This is the first round of Rihanna’s Fall collection and you can get it here.
After performing in Philly over the weekend, RiRi was photographed back in New York City wearing a beautiful Saint Laurent red fur heart cape which costs $15,000! While arriving at a club, she invited pap @digzzy inside to celebrate his birthday with her — as you can see on her Snapchat (rihanna).
The next day she was seen out and about in the city.
Watch videos here.
Rihanna said on Instagram:
#MadeInAmerica that was so much fuuuunn!! Such a surreal feeling hearing you sing back to me! My family was in the house too! Thanks for an unbelievable night!! ⚓
After spending a couple days in Miami with Drake, Rihanna is already back in New York City… but not for long!
This Friday (September 2), she was photographed arriving back in town and later heading to a heliport to fly to Philadelphia, where she performs at Made In America Festival on Saturday. A livestream begins at 1pm EST — Rihanna performs at 9:25pm.