American Vogue - March 2014
The latest Vogue issue with Rihanna on the cover is out now! Check out below photoshoot outtakes and read the interview from vogue.com!
With her power pipes and full-on attitude, Rihanna has become fashion’s most exciting new muse. So how does it feel to have her dress you for a day? Plum Sykes finds out.
On a wintry December afternoon the Alexander Wang SoHo store is temporarily closed, no customers allowed. A bodyguard is scoping the place out like a character from Homeland. He looks suspiciously from Wang, dressed in droopy black jersey, who is sitting next to me on a black leather couch scattered with black mink cushions, to the lush fox-fur hammock hanging in the center of the store, and back again. His eyes narrow as he scrutinizes the twelve-foot-high black teddy bear in the window for hazards. “I need to know where the nearest hospital is,” he whispers. A convenient hospital is quickly located.
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Rihanna: ELLE Canada interview
There’s a brand new Rihanna interview featured in ELLE Canada‘s latest issue. Read below:
The Barbados beach is lit like a Monet. The sun is setting hazily behind Rihanna as she shakes sand out of her pearl-embellished sandals and concentrates on the stepping moves a young girl is demonstrating. Laughing, Rihanna claps her hands and tries to keep up with the other members of dance4life, a program that educates local kids about HIV and AIDS through dance. Maybe she’s having a great time, or maybe she’s just trying to put the teen, whose voice is quivering with nerves, at ease.
The 25-year-old of Internet-crushing fame surprised these kids (who I feared might black out when their idol strolled over to greet them) as part of her work as M.A.C’s Viva Glam spokesperson for 2014. The annual initiative, which started 20 years ago with a bold campaign featuring RuPaul, aims to raise $41 million for AIDS research this year alone by donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the signature lip colour.
Rihanna seems at home here on the beach, even with tourists circling and holding their phones out like weapons. Then again, she is home. It’s her grandfather’s birthday this weekend, and she managed to squeeze in an early stop at Chefette, the popular Bajan fast-food chain, for a spicy roti. The sun has set by the time we sit down upstairs on the balcony of a suite at the posh Sandy Lane resort on the western coast of the island, but Robyn Rihanna Fenty is still glowing.
“I didn’t know that I would have to learn a dance today,” she says, cracking up. “I’m so serious! I thought I was just going to watch. I would never have worn this skirt or this long-sleeved black jacket!” She smooths her Lanvin pencil skirt and oversized top, making her gold-and-pearl bangles jingle. “But it was fun,” she adds. “It was harder than I thought it would be.”
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Rihanna talks about personal life, Viva Glam, new film
Via USA Today: Rihanna gets why fans, or even curious bystanders, might think she’s music’s other resident wild child. You only need to check her Instagram to see ample photos of the singer in teeny bikinis, at various exotic locations, doing various very non-PC things.
“I think they think I’m drunk all the time. I think they think I am always partying, that my house is probably a party all the time with tons of people and tons of music and no clothes. I think that’s what they think,” she says. “I’m actually very laid back. I love watching TV on a big old couch by myself. I love to swim in the ocean or the pool.”
But beyond all of that, behind the sleek hair and glitzy Lanvin scarf, Rihanna is actually also a very savvy businesswoman and a social media powerhouse, with millions of followers.
Music aside, she’s been Mac Cosmetics’ first-ever celebrity “creative partner,” launching three sell-out collections with the brand. And now, she’s the face of Viva Glam, fronting a bold lipstick and lipglass, with all proceeds going to the Mac AIDS Fund, which helps people living with the disease. According to John Demsey, chairman of the Mac AIDS Fund, Rihanna takes her role with the brand quite seriously. “She’s 100 million percent involved. She conceptualized all the shades of her commercial collaborations. She conceptualized the shade of Viva Glam. She’s a force of nature,” he says.
Rihanna says she was “floored” by the response to her previous makeup lines, and “wanted to expand my role, so to speak, as a more philanthropic role.” So does she view herself as a role model? “I don’t like to use that word because people have their own opinion on what that means to them. I can’t really say I’m a role model. I’m not perfect. I’m not trying to sell that,” she says. “I want people to have fun but be responsible, protect themselves and be in control of your life. You can never judge people. I always made that a point. You never know what someone is going through.”
She just released a single with Shakira called Can’t Remember To Forget You, and she geeks out over the Colombian singer, whose post-baby body leaves Rihanna speechless. “Don’t even talk about it. But you know what? It gives me hope,” she says, giggling.
Rihanna didn’t attend Sunday’s Grammys because her categories were off-camera and she wasn’t performing, so she chose to sit that one out. She’s “playing” with more music, she says, and she’s one of the voices of the DreamWorks animated film Home, along with Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin. It’s her first foray into voice work.
“It’s such a different experience from being on camera. You really get to learn the art of acting and dialogue. I don’t know about going more into acting – acting is something I respect so much. It’s another level of skill,” she says.
Chances are, if she does venture into Hollywood, she’ll share that information on Instagram, which shows the enviably buff Rihanna smoking, swimming and frolicking on beaches, in oceans and with friends and family. She doesn’t agonize over what she shares with the public and her more than 11 million followers.
“It’s in the moment. Even sometimes I go back to my Instagram and I’m like, ‘Did I really post this?’ I never know. One day I would never post this type of picture. A week later, I like this post,” she says. “It’s when I’m bored. It’s in the moment.”
Good Morning America
Rihanna was a guest at Good Morning America earlier today! Rihanna talked about her chairty project for MAC – Viva Glam and new music.
“Music is what I love to do, so you’ll never have to worry about me not doing that.”
Rihanna talks HIV and Viva Glam
Via Teen Vogue: When I enter Rihanna’s hotel suite overlooking Sandy Lane Beach, her sprawling crew (including her mother, aunt, manager, and three personal photographers) is busy at work. Meanwhile, the Lanvin-clad superstar is tucked into a corner, mid–duck face. She’s posing with her new M.A.C. Viva Glam lipstick while her bestie–cum–staff photographer, Melissa Forde, snaps pics. Images of the new shade have just mysteriously leaked into the blogosphere, sending her handlers into a dizzying panic. But not RiRi; she’s as cool as a cucumber, even in 100 percent humidity.
As the new face of M.A.C. Viva Glam, the singer is following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj in an effort to support the M.A.C. AIDS Fund, which has raised a remarkable $300 million in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The cause, RiRi tells me as we cozy up on the couch, is close to her heart:
“I’ve been around so many people who have been affected by HIV and AIDS. It’s my turn to spread awareness. Because when people don’t talk about this, they feel like it’s not happening.” And that couldn’t be further from the truth.
According to UNAIDS—a United Nations partnership that focuses on universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support—approximately 2,300 young people become infected with HIV each day. Even scarier: Globally, HIV infection rates are twice as high in young women ages 15 to 24 as they are in young men.
“Nobody is safe unless you protect yourself,” the star says ardently, fixing her piercing green eyes on me.
Many will argue that Rihanna is an unlikely role model to spread the gospel of safe sex, what with her racy Instagram feed and explicit music videos (I mean, have you seen “Pour It Up”?). But with a whopping 125,887,954 followers at press time (me included!), the undisputed fact is: Girl’s got our attention. And according to @badgalriri, she wants to use it for good.
“My contribution is that every penny from the cost of this lipstick and Lipglass goes to help someone who really needs it,” she says. “I am doing this especially for young girls.”
Reflecting on her own teen years, the reformed tomboy admits she was a late bloomer in the dating game due to one unwavering barrier: a strict mom. (She says her flat chest and mosquito-bitten skin didn’t help, either:
“It was a horrible combination!”) “I wasn’t allowed to date. At 13 my mom would tell me, ‘You can have a boyfriend when you’re 16.’ And then at 16 she’d say, ‘I never said that—and as a matter of fact, it’s 40!’”
(When she tells me this, I hear her mother giggle from across the room.) As RiRi opens up about everything from her hard-to-imagine awkward phase to her mission to save lives one lipstick at a time, the most beautiful girl in the world gets, well, even more beautiful.