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.”
On newsstands September 15. Check out the HQ photos in our gallery below:
On Tuesday (6) Rihanna launched her ready to wear, Fenty X Puma collection in New York, just in time for New York Fashion Week. Rihanna was sure to stop by as the collection was launched at Bergdorf Goodman and pop up shops around the city. The collection is full of sexy, monochromatic, athleisure feel to it featuring sports bras, leggings, sweat pants and hoodies. The popular fuzzy slides and Puma Creepers were on display and available. Naturally the collection, which is also available online, quickly sold out of many of it’s staple pieces.
RiRi told attendees,
“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. Below you’ll find some photos of that event.
Calvin Harris and Rihanna have released their brand new single “This Is What You Came For” and you can listen to it now!
The song was teased for the first time just a matter of hours ago and the surprise song is now available to be downloaded. The superstars previously worked together on “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been.”
Download and stream it on iTunes and Spotify!
Drake has released his long-awaited new album – Views. Rihanna and Kanye West are among the stars on Drake’s new album, with Rihanna collaborating on ‘Too Good’, while Kanye has helped to produce.
“It wouldn’t be a record without Rihanna, would it? We do well as a team … “Too Good” came to fruition after we did “Work.” [I was like] I think I have one that would follow this one up really nicely. It was like a flawless victory when she sent it back. Every nuance, every cadence was perfect … That’s what makes the record. We’re not forcing some story on people. A lot of the music and energy we have is genuine. We have a genuine energy.”
Calvin Harris and Rihanna are teaming up for a brand new single!
The 32-year-old EDM artist took to Twitter to announce their song “This is What You Came For,” which will officially drop on Friday, April 29!
“New single info in a few hours ⚡️⚡️” Calvin teased earlier in the day before posting the cover artwork with, “APRIL 29 ⚡️@Rihanna”
Calvin and Rihanna previously worked together on “Where Have You Been” and “We Found Love,” the latter of which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 10 non-consecutive weeks, becoming the longest running No. 1 single of 2011.
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) 27 kwietnia 2016
After the release of her “Needed Me” music video on 4/20, Rihanna is giving her fans an inside look on the making of that epic vid. The singer released a two-part behind-the-scenes video series on her Vevo today, showing how the epic music mini flick came together. Highlights include Rihanna taking a ride on a motorcycle, learning how to point and shoot a gun, and joking with her crew “Didn’t I tell you I was a savage?” to quote a memorable line from the song.
Watch the features below.