She may have just embarked on what is sure to be a gruelling international tour schedule, but Rihanna add yet another achievement to her already winning 2016, another Vogue cover. Sitting down with the fashion title for their April issue, the singer talks candidly about her work ethic and consistent business ventures during her four-year hiatus from music. Of course, the chart-topping Anti gets a mention also, with Rih sharing her motivation behind creating and choosing the songs for her long-awaited album. The feature is accompanied by some beautiful images of the singer taken by famed fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and much like her general approach to all her recent work, it is natural and raw and absolutely killer. We highlight a few key quotes below but definitely make some time today to read the full feature here.
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01. "Anti" is the result of Rihanna being bored of pop music
“I just gravitated toward the songs that were honest to where I’m at right now. [SZA collab, ‘Consideration’] might not be some automatic record that will be Top 40. But I felt like I earned the right to do that now.”
02. It's okay if you don't understand what she's singing on 'Work'
“You get what I’m saying, but it’s not all the way perfect. Because that’s how we speak in the Caribbean.”
03. She's not concerned about rumours of a Beyoncé beef
“They just get so excited to feast on something that’s negative. Something that’s competitive. Something that’s, you know, a rivalry. And that’s just not what I wake up to. Because I can only do me. And nobody else is going to be able to do that.”
04. Her unisex designs for Puma have strong feminist undertones
“I always wanted to do what my brothers were doing. I always wanted to play the games they played and play rough and wear pants and go outside. Women feel empowered when they can do the things that are supposed to be only for men, you know? It breaks boundaries, it’s liberating, and it’s empowering when you feel like, Well, I can do that, too.”
05. She would rather die than ruin a sheer, bejewelled couture dress
“I just liked it better without the lines underneath. Could you imagine the CFDA dress with a bra? I would slice my throat. I already wanted to, for wearing a thong that wasn’t bedazzled. That’s the only regret I have in my life.”