Rihanna is the second and final cover subject for FADER’s 100th Anniversary issue. Find out why she skipped out on the interview and get her spread inside…
RiRi is busy hopping all over the world shooting her MAC campaigns, DIOR campaigns, PUMA campaigns and the list goes on. So one may think being #Booked is the reason there’s no accompanying cover story like Drake had.
The pop star did, however, rock a photoshoot that lasted from morning through night. Oh, and she even turned the camera on herself while in a studio beneath the iconic Hollywood sign. FADER says:
…Contributing photographer Renata Raksha set up a series of shots that would capture Rihanna in ways that showcase the superstar as she sees herself. For a selection of images, and for the first time in The FADER’s history, Raksha handed Rihanna the shutter release, giving the artist the opportunity to collaborate with the photographer, and snap the second cover of the publication’s 100th issue.
As for her cover story, the story is that there isn’t one. It seems as though RiRi has gone the BeyBey route when it comes to being radio silent when it comes to formal interviews.
If this were a normal story, I’d tell you what she ordered if we’d gone to Giorgio Baldis, her favorite L.A. restaurant, even though she pretty much always gets the same thing (fried calamari and pasta with tomato sauce). I’d tell you if she smelled like Reb’l Fleur, her old fragrance, or, if she’s wearing RiRi, and what that smells like. The story wouldn’t be so much about what she said in response to my questions—Rihanna is media-trained—it would be about registering any silences. Or flickers of eyelid. Or churlishness. Or evasiveness. It would be reading tea leaves. It makes you wonder why any savvy celebrity would ever agree to an interview, and understand why in this case Rihanna did not.
So, check out pics from her dope spread. She shot some herself while others were shot by Renata Raksha:
Jumpsuit Balenciaga, shirt Ellery
Maryam Nassir Zadeh leotard
Parka Rag & Bone, bra Baserange
Photos: The FADER / Rihanna / Renata Raksha