Rihanna for Vogue Magazine

Posted on February 20, 2014

Ri keeps it real for Vogue.

Rihanna covers the March 2014 issue of Vogue magazine photographed by David Sims.


On her painful fashion choices: “It’s not about pain. It’s about the commitment. I say to myself, ‘I want to look like this,’ and worry about the pain later. I’ve had nights I had to tiptoe home and the balls of my feet wouldn’t even allow me to stand.”

On being a rebel: “I don’t go out of my way to be a rebel or to have that perception. But a lot of the decisions I make, a lot of the direction I want to move, is against the grain, or against society’s tight lane, and I’m aware of that sometimes. It might not be fitting with the norm, but that’s OK for me.”

On her love for Instagram: “Instagram is my way of communicating to the world. When I’m on tour, I keep fans in the loop. I don’t really think about it too much. Literally, I can be sitting in a car and be bored, so I do a selfie just because I’m bored. Or if my dog is running around in circles and I think that’s funny, I put it on Instagram.”


Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Collection

Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2014 Collection

Saint Laurent Spring 2014 Collection



And by that we mean this editorial has less artifice and grandiosity than the last Ri/Vogue joint. This time, it seems like the goal was to let Ri be Ri. Which is fine in theory because she has an amazing face and the ability to know how to use it, but the cover shot doesn’t look so great to us and we’re not in love with the clothes they put her in. The only shot/garment we like is that last one of her face in the Saint Laurent. She can give FACE like a superstar.



[Photo Credit: Vogue Magazine, style.com]

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  • kimmeister

    What are those sparkly black things on her hips? They almost look like dachshunds.

    The pants that look like she has on pantyhose underneath are bizarre, but I can’t deny that she is working that top like it owes her money. The lip print top is just silly.

    • Sarah

      Ha! I see your dachshund hips and raise you a pregnancy-belly-band tuxedo pant. WEIRD.

    • H2olovngrl

      The original model of that black top and jeans is crying in a gallon of Ben and Jerry’s right now.

  • Sarah

    Those Vuitton jeans are giving me serious homemade “make your jeans unique!” flashbacks. Especially since they are 80’s wash, to the max, yo.

  • @Biting Panda

    Oddly, the cover is giving me Denise Huxtable and I can’t shake it.
    She’s a gorgeous young woman; it’s nice to see these tight beauty shots. There’s a true sadness in her eyes, in the last pic.
    It seems as if Miley hitting the scene, balls out, gave her the permission to step back and bit and maybe do some soul healing.

    • Jess Ballinger

      I came to the comments specifically to see if anyone else saw DH, and I’m thrilled I wasn’t alone.

    • sagecreek

      Very insightful comment, BP, thanks.

    • Danielle

      I think it’s the lines around her mouth, which I’ve never noticed before. It makes her look older, leaner. Not a bad thing at all, though.

      • what not

        The face, with help from the jeans.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      Re: Denise Huxtable – Can’t. Unsee.

    • Jennifer Schiller

      So, so much! But I actually–don’t hate me TLo and readers–kinda love it. Would I ever wear any of it, no, but she looks clean and fresh, yet still unique and a little edgy. Also I dig the old school Cosby throwback 😉

      I really do hate everything about the second shot though. Serious in FACE in the third.

    • LauraWL

      That was literally my first thought re: Denise Huxtable.

      • unbornfawn

        Me too! Denise Huxtable face. Not a bad thing.

  • Glam Dixie

    Those jeans are a crime against fashion. Possibly against humanity. She has been styled much better than this.

  • KinoEye

    No kidding about that FACE. My gosh, those angles are to die for. Love the Jean Seberg-esque hair.

    • kimmeister

      Especially under her brow bone. Wow.

    • decormaven

      Love how the stylist has worked with the short hair. Really suits Ri’s facial structure to perfection.

      • KinoEye

        I will never cease to be jealous of women who can WERQ a short cut like that. But when you’ve got a face like that, who needs hair?

  • Jacob Bowen

    That Saint Laurent lips top is so scroll down fug….good thing the face holds you there.

  • Shawn EH

    Red is her color, anyway.

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

    God she looks good, even with a sequinned foetal twin on her shoulder. But sparkly mesh cutouts on jeans shouldn’t be a thing.

    • ralish

      Geez, I thought they were appliques, which were bad enough — but mesh cutouts? On jeans?? No thank you.

    • kimmeister

      As if I didn’t think the lip top was bad enough . . . . blergh.

  • Judy_S

    Those are some silly clothes, but they are Couture and they look better on her than on the models.

  • SewingSiren

    Pow! FASHION! Love her hair short and black too.

  • alyce1213

    She’s so gorgeous. I can’t say I’m a fan of her music — she’s off my radar that way, and I know her mostly from seeing her fashion and style here and in popular media reports. She is an amazing style icon, even though I don’t like all her choices, which can be uber-tacky at times. When she does a high fashion spread like this, it’s glorious. I don’t like the cover shot – her concave body looks like her head’s on backwards. But I love the second, which actually shoes her tattoos to their advantage, and third, which may be a little on the nose (or lips), but It’s a hoot and beautiful.

    P.S. her remarks about Instagram possibly reveal loneliness.

    • ana170

      My first thought about her Instagram remarks was that she needs to pick up a book if that’s all she’s come up with to cure boredom.

  • halleygee

    The cover shot looks like, oh, hi Vogue, I just woke up but sure I can pose… the last one of her face is so gorgeous, though.

  • Meow

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY RIRI RIHANNA ROBYN! It’s so nice to post her cover on her birthday! Thanks TLo!

  • Anna

    I think the last photo should’ve been the cover, MY GOD her face. The actual cover reminds me of one of my old YM magazines circa 1996, albeit with much more expensive clothes.

    • Sarah

      YM! I forgot about it. Young Miss, then Young & Modern. Aah, how I used to imagine being one of those covergirls….

      • kimmeister

        Me too! Did it fold? I didn’t even know it had become Young & Modern.

        • Sarah

          Yeah, according to the All Powerful Wikipedia, it folded in 2004 and subscribers got Teen Vogue as a replacement. It changed over to Young & Modern in the 80’s, which is why I remember – that’s when I was heavily into my subscription. As well as Seventeen, o’ course.

          • lbl

            Huh. Never knew about these name changes. By the time I was a subscriber it stood for Your Magazine. But now I know how I got introduced to Teen Vogue.

          • Sarah

            It started in the 30’s, so many iterations took place. I never knew about “Your Magazine” because I guess I’d phased into grown-up Elles, Vogues, and Cosmos by then.

          • Anna

            YM was the best! The first issue I ever remember getting was the Madonna one where she answers 20 Questions. I googled it for nostalgia/to refresh my memory and she gives some hilarious answers.
            “YM: What do you really think of Courtney Love, who has said you’ve tried to copy her?
            Madonna: Who is Courtney Love?”
            I loved Sassy and Seventeen too!

          • Sarah

            Ah, Sassy. I am too old for that. I remember when YM still had advice on how to comport oneself in a ladylike fashion. But, hell the firk yeah for Madonna’s answer. That is hilarious!

          • Anna

            Her answers are hilarious and refreshingly honest, worth a read!

    • sagecreek

      I agree, it’s a much more dramatic shot! Probably didn’t leave enough room for cover text, though.

  • Evan

    That second pic is terrible. She should sue.

    • sagecreek

      Really? I like the second pic. I guess that’s what makes horseraces :)

      • Evan

        It looks better now that I took a second look. But I don’t like what it’s doing to the right side of her face. Something about the cheek is off.

        • sagecreek

          I see what you mean. Photoshop strikes again.

  • sagecreek

    Are those real tattoos on her hand, or henna? Because if it’s the former, she’s going to be so very sad in 20 years.

    No, I’m not anti-tat, but your hands change with age. It’s just a fact, no matter how fit you are.

    • MilaXX

      All tats

    • alyce1213

      True. Unless she keeps her hands in lotion-filled gloves all the time like hand models do, those tats will be crinkled. It happens.

      • sagecreek

        Even if. Skin sags. I’m thinking of my uncle Bill and his navy tats. Not the look you want to be rocking when you are a wealthy celeb in your 50s.

        • Sarah

          They just opened up a laser tattoo removal in the mall outside town. Town being Richmond, VA: Most Tattooed City in the USA (per capita, that is). If she stays rich, she can get that removed. Shoot, even if she doesn’t, I’d wager the process is gonna get cheaper as this generation of heavily tatted kids enters middle age.

          • Glam Dixie

            Sarah, you are in my general vicinity! Waves to you from Amelia!

          • Sarah

            Hehe, waves back from Carytown, RVA!

          • Glam Dixie

            Worked right there for years at 1st and Main St. Bitter Kittens in VA representing, haha.

          • Sarah

            BK’s who wish they were at a certain book signing in DC today instead of at WORK dammit. But we can’t win ’em all, and I had a very important meeting I couldn’t miss. At least we’re here supporting each other :)

          • Glam Dixie

            Can you imagine how bad the traffic getting into DC will be with TLo in town? That’s how I console myself.

          • Sarah

            Amen. I grew up up there. I took driver training on the Beltway. It is never a picnic.

        • alyce1213

          She could wear Madonna gloves.

        • ana170

          I’m hoping I don’t come off wrong here but hands often age at a slower rate with people of color. My mother is pushing 70 and she has no sagging or wrinkling. I’m not saying she’s not going to regret the tats but it’ll probably take longer than 20 years (assuming she doesn’t get any smarter).

          • sagecreek

            No, you don’t come off wrong at all! You make a good point.

  • fursa_saida

    Oh, man–I think, based on the second shot of her, that her underboob tattoo is actually Nut, the Egyptian sky goddess, rather than a rando pair of wings. That is awesome.

    Generally speaking, the editorial’s fine, nothing special, which is why I’m sitting here speculating about Rihanna’s tattoos instead of screaming about clothes or whatever.

    • Sara__B

      I enjoy learning things from TL posters. You’re right, it looks like an Egyptian goddess, but I learned it’s Maat, who is “the ancient Eygyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality, and justice”. I’m not a fan of tattoos, but I have to admit, that’s awesome.

      • fursa_saida

        And now I have learned from you in turn! In retrospect, I’m sort of amazed I thought it was Nut, since she’s usually just sort of…lying in the sky, but one way or another we arrived at the answer. *pets tattoo of inanna’s name*

      • Amelia

        I thought it was Isis? She is pretty commonly depicted with outstretched wings.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

    If anybody is a poster child for “Stars! They’re just like us!”, Rihanna would not be one.

  • boweryboy

    Something about her rubs me the wrong way, but there’s no denying bitch is GORGEOUS!

  • 3boysful

    She’s beautiful, but the clothes–I kept scrolling down thinking I was going to see a great cocktail dress, then . . . ugh.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I wish she had worn the peacock headdress. Her face is stunning, these clothes, not so much.

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      I wish Gaga would try things like the peacock headdress instead of those very fake looking wigs. :)

      • Corsetmaker

        She did :) on the Graham Norton show a few months back, with a similar top. It was covered on here.

  • filmcricket

    She is a beautiful, beautiful woman with nothing at all to say, apparently.

    • sagecreek

      Yep. And beauty fades, alas.

  • Danielle

    The Maison Martin Margiela was the PERFECT choice for her. Her style, while still managing to look as chic as one can with a bandeau halter and bejeweled sleeves. She needs one in every color.


    She look blaze out her mind

    • Ms. Fry

      I was going to say that I’ve never seen her eyes look so dead…maybe it is that she’s blazed.

  • MilaXX

    I love the cover shot. It feels part fresh faced and part Denise Huxtable realness. I also like the Saint. Laurent look. She can give face like no other.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I’ve always loved her with short hair, because of her FACE. It’s incredible.

  • Kent Roby

    Damn, I was planning on wearing that sequined mesh top for Mardi Gras with a jeweled thong; gotta move to Plan B now. A lot of what she’s wearing is a mess, but she somehow manages to shine through (especially on the cover) while looking Ri. And her face in the photo with lip get-up is giving me life.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      The sequinned sleeves and bandeau top are half way to a Peter Allen tribute costume.

      • Kent Roby

        Yes, I can picture Hugh Jackman wearing this look while seated behind a white piano.

  • http://vogueworthyy.wordpress.com/ Anastacia

    Riri, gorgeous as always

  • demidaemon

    LOVE that last shot. That’s some ANTM winner realness there. And her quotes make her sound like a real person, and, for those of you who have read TLo’s book, you know exactly what I mean.

  • Kate4queen

    Those pockets look like black banana skins hanging out. LOL She has such a beautiful face. :)

  • jilly_d

    She is looking pretty flawless in some seriously fugly clothes.

  • Janet B

    Her face is gorgeous, but the rest is meh

  • cocohall

    I really hope she is prone to exaggeration, because her comments about how badly her feet hurt after wearing her heels are worrisome. Ri Ri, girl. Take a look at Posh’s feet or for that matter Steven Tyler’s. Some stuff you cannot reverse. Bunions aint cute. Other than that, I don’t think these pics do her justice. Those be some ugly ugly jeans.

  • Jecca2244

    i’m just so bored of them using the same 10 people…. there are way more stars out there.

    • Evan

      It’s whatever sells and Rihanna and Lady Gaga tend to sell the most issues.

  • Imasewsure

    I like her quotes but the photos aren’t what they could have been. Still I generally love her as a model (let’s leave the “role” out of “model” for celebrities in general and just let them be pretty)

  • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

    Omigosh, that model is so uncomfortably disturbingly thin.

    • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

      As for Rihanna – I love her, and she looks gorgeous!

  • kittentoes

    Lisa Bonet looks good.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    She looks stoned and the botched hand tattoo is SO not Vogue.

  • d4divine

    I’ll say it until I am purple in the face. Bring the models back to magazine covers and ditch the celebrities/pop stars.

  • Trickytrisha

    Vogue didn’t do her any favors with the clothing choices and styling. She didn’t do herself any favors by looking baked.

  • snarkykitten

    Her body appears to have been disassembled and then reassembled back to front

  • LaSylphide

    She’s gorgeous, but the first two poses are awkward.

  • Mimi

    Wow, Vogue can sure style. And by that, I mean take the look off the runway and just put it on a girl.

  • http://reneshiro.tumblr.com/ kingderella

    I like the cover despite the clothes she’s wearing. I like her facial expression, it looks different and more relaxed than the typical fashion mag cover.

  • Sally Spannagle

    She looks really good fresh-faced like that. Rihanna is blessed that she can pull off really made up or totally stripped down…

  • mcbishop

    Her quote about pain and fashion just made me sad. She seems to be one of those young women who will end up virtually crippled some day from wearing torturous shoes that aren’t really made for human beings. How far is it, really, from the hobbled women of China, not that many generations ago?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      There is something about that quote that reads fashion victim to me. If the ladystars made enough of a fuss, don’t you think the shoe companies would work harder to create shoes that would be stylish and not so painful/uncomfortable to wear? I know, I know, I’m dreaming.

  • Diego!

    I love her Maison Martin Margiela outfit. She look stunning in it!

  • suzq

    That Louis Vuitton looked lazy and cheap. Who’d he have to pay off to get that outfit into Vogue?

  • Pennymac

    That last picture…that face…my God.
    But the Saint Laurent lip shirt is giving off some Disco Hunchback of Notre Dame realness.

  • JaCory Deon

    The close up of her face is the only one that works – the rest look quite under-worked/developed to me. That cover, sorry to say, is dreadful…I know they don’t always want to shoot her like some sort of exotic goddess but this other extreme doesn’t work.

  • heartbot

    The cover shot looks like Lisa Bonet!

  • judybrowni

    What’s with the shoulder tumor on the lip sequin top?

    Please warn me if this is going to be a thing.

  • Clash D

    She looks T.I.R.E.D as

  • Maria Del Mar Olmedo-Malagon

    I think this is a disappointment. Worst cover since Blake Lively’s for Glamour. Ri Ri is beautiful ams the cover don’t do justice to that face.