Cover Girl: Rihanna for ELLE France Magazine

Posted on April 23, 2012

RiRi straps on her bitchface (and Atelier Versace) for the cover of Elle.


Rihanna covers the April 2012 issue of ELLE France magazine photographed by Tom Munro and styled by Joe Zee. Hair: Ursula Stephen. Makeup: Mylah Morales.

Atelier Versace Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Sigrid Agren (ELITE)

We kinda hated this collection when it debuted – and it’s become something of a cliche to say it, but the only people we could see pulling off most of the dresses in it were Gaga, Minaj, and RiRi herself. Granted, Elizabeth Banks managed to pull it off, but that’s the thing about edgey looks; sometimes they work on someone as conventional as Elizabeth (or January Jones) precisely because that juxtaposition of edgey and girl-next-door is appealing. It’s perhaps a bit too expected to put Rihanna in this dress, but we can’t deny she’s WERQing the shit out of it.

We don’t miss the blonde hair.

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  • Jasmaree

    I wish the color weren’t so washed out. It’s a very vibrant dress.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I think they fudged with the coloring to try and make the blonde hair work better.

      • sagecreek

        Agreed…you know what would work even better? If she quit dying it that color.

        • Pannyx

          I always thought she used wigs. I can’t imagine her will hair surviving so many changes. Either way, she needs to stay away from this horrible color.

          • lovelyivy

             I’m pretty sure that is a weave, and no part of her actual hair has been touched by blonde-ness.

        •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

          She’s such a gorgeous girl, but I find her style increasingly tacky and that fried weave is a big part of that.

          • NinaBoo

            This!  Tacky with a hint of desperation.

      • ccm800

         They could have easily treated on and not the other.

    • Roman000

       Well this is a reprint photo from Elle US so the quality won’t be the best. Chalk it up to Elle France being cheap.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    What is that random teal thing on the left side of the dress?

    • joe_tey83

      That thing is really so out of place. Are they trying to stick some tiny scrap fabric onto it cause they are too lazy to throw it into the rubbish bin?

    • RebeccaKW

       I think it’s that shiny metal piece.  It’s glinting off something.  On the model, it looks gold.

  • Ms JJ

    Love that dress. That cover won’t be memorable though.

  • Ms JJ

    From the pictures in the collection it seems to be metallic and the teal is a reflection.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Well, her petulant face anyway. That dress looks like a crumpled bag on her.

  • Judy_J

    Wow…she’s got very long thumbs, doesn’t she?

    • erinbinek

      Yikes, they’re rather freakish in that picture, no?

    • Tadiana

      I suspect it’s mostly the position of her hands and long dark fingernails.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      lol- Stiletto nails- they always make your  fingers look super long. She’s been wearing them for years. 

  • MilaXX

    I don’t really like the titscrepancy on the cover. Otherwise it’s standard Rhi Rhi

  • Amy J Albin

    Not loving her hair…

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    All I see is dirty-ish hair.  Not werqing for me… 

  • Melba Searcy

    I wish she would do something about her hair…

  • erinbinek


  • Terence Ng

    The frippery doesn’t seem to hold to her figure very well. It looks like it’s a size too big, even though it clearly isn’t.

  • Ali

    She’s on my hate list as it is, so I’m biased, but I think she looks like crap on here. The hair’s not helping. I’d love to see that dress on someone else, like Elizabeth Banks, Beyonce, or even Emmy Rossum (not sure why she jumped to mind, but I could see it). Between the fried hair and the stank face, this is the furthest thing from a WERQ in my book.

  • Jane Patterson

    At least with the blonde hair contrast they stopped short of lightening her skin as much as they have been recently. But definitely not one of her best looks.

  • BazoDee

    Oh wow with the photoshop. I know Rhi has lost some weight but do they need to whittle her arms down that much. Waaaay too barbie-fied for my tastes. 

    • Little_Olive

      And one is round (by Hwood standards, chubby) and the other is bony. I thought symmetry was the main goal of a professional photoshopper. 

      I fear the day’ll come that TLo will have us comment on the photoshop as opposed to the subject on the cover. 

  • jw_ny

    Her thumb (or is it a claw) on her left hand is freaking me out.  O_o

    cute dress on her…like the color it appears to be on Rhi more than on the model, although I love orange…that looks plasticy

    My usual issue with Rhi is, and probably always will be, her hair.

    • Anathema_Device

       Heh, I just used plasticy in my comment, too. Doesn’t it look like one of those discount party-store tablecloths in that shot?

  • Anathema_Device

    Totally uninspiring cover. That vibrant dress looks plastic-y and cheap. Rihanna looks washed out and bored. It looks like discarded test shot.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    I feel like the make up and hair is too underdone, like she walked in off the street and tried the dress on.

  • marilyn

    What is that metallic blue strip along her left strap (her left, not mine)?  It looks messy and not really part of this dress.  RiRi looks mean, but I guess that is what she is going for.  The hair is awful on her.

  • guest2visits

    I think she’s very beautiful. Blonde, brown, or red. This is another stunning cover; and the color is better than
    the harsh orange on the model; although I’m sure Rihanna would carry that off well too.
    It’s when shes dressing herself that nasty, tacky and cheap come out to play.

  • alyce1213

    Who picked the cover?  From the neck up, it could be her angry mug shot.

  • bellafigura1

    Whatever, she rules.

    • malvernite


  • PantherontheRunway

    Its already enough that her head is big, but that stringy nasty mop of blonde is sooo ugly on the cover!

    Love her in the dress though

  • kikisayshi

    OMG I want to own that dress, even though I could never wear it!

  • TieDye64

    Love the color of the dress, but then I’m a fan of just about any shade of orange. The dark hair really is so much better.

  • PeaceBang

    I walked by this today in the store and I was like, “Ehn, hate the ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ Post-Caveman Coitus Hair.” 

  • Lina_bee

    What an odd pose. She looks so frail, not at all like her usual.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    she’s giving a bit of bardot, isn’t she?

  • bluefish

    Wow — You are so right about Elizabeth Banks looking amazing in that dress.  RiRi will never look good to me until she arrives at an attractive hairdo.  She goes from bad to worse.  This god-awful blonde phase of hers is making me miss the red.