Rihanna for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

Posted on June 26, 2014

We’d like to think that we’d be pretty good fashion editors, in the way you do when you imagine a career for which you have no training, but sounds really glamorous/rewarding/fascinating/fun, so you totally know you’d ace it. But we’re sorry to have to admit, if you threw “THE NEW MODESTY. COVER UP in STYLE” as a coverline at us, it would never, in a million years, occur to us to say, “Get Rihanna on the phone.”


Rihanna+HBAJAI-Magazine-Editorialls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Rihanna covers the July/August 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Saudi Arabia in Dolce&Gabbana photographed by Ruven Afanador.

Rihanna+HBAJAI-Magazine-Editorialls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)

Rihanna+HBAJAI-Magazine-Editorialls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2014 Collection

Rihanna+HBAJAI-Magazine-Editorialls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)

Rihanna+HBAJAI-Magazine-Editorialls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)Atelier Versace Spring 2014 Collection

Rihanna+HBAJAI-Magazine-Editorialls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)

Rihanna+HBAJAI-Magazine-Editorialls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (7)Balenciaga Fall 2014 Collection

Rihanna+HBAJAI-Magazine-Editorialls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (8)

Rihanna+HBAJAI-Magazine-Editorialls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (9)Elie Saab Fall 2014 Collection

Rihanna+HBAJAI-Magazine-Editorialls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (10)

Rihanna+HBAJAI-Magazine-Editorialls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (11)Ralph Lauren Fall 2014 Collection


BAM. That’s why we’re not fashion editors, we suppose. Miss Ri looks absolutely amazing here. And all of these outfits are singing arias on her. We think we may have cried a little at the shot of her in a turban. She is the best non-model celebrity model currently working that game. Call it blasphemy if you must, but we think she’s at least Tilda/Cate level, and with this one editorial, she may just have inched ahead of them slightly.

Honestly, we’re just trying to goad Tilda and Cate into trying to outdo this. That way, we all win.


Is it us or is she getting fiercer by the second?



[Photo Credit: Ruven Afanador for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, IMAXTree]

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  • RussellH88

    This is giving me a yeast infection of LIFE.

    • Constant Reader

      I am laughing so hard right now, and simultaneously planning to steal that line!

  • barbarienne

    Proving unequivocally that her best asset is her body language. And THAT FACE. All the non-verbal communication a human can do, she does.

  • NinjaCate

    Holy shit. I didn’t think I could stan for her any harder. This is exquisite. and it’s like you said TLo, it almost works MORE because of the just juxtaposition of Rihanna’s reputation with the gorgeous clothing. As covered as she is here, she’s still oozing her signature sex appeal. Stunning as hell. Damn. And I say we have a televised Tilda/Cate/Rihanna pose-off for charity. The BK’s can vote from their smart phones and bitch together.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Fire and ice together – someone make this happen!

    • Rhonda Shore

      Exactly…using her for the covering up issue is incredibly witty. And she looks amazing whether she’s covered or near naked. What a gorgeous woman.

  • Carleenml

    I am crying inside for that Balenciaga. And yes, she is the queen of face right now.

    • Frank_821

      I did the gay gasp on that shot.

  • gayle

    She is rocking the hell out of these looks!

  • Thomas

    God, she could be a professional model. My favorite pic is the third one down. Just breathtaking.

    ETA: Guys, there’s a pic of her covered up in a black sequined dominatrix inspired outfit as well that you might want to add.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Dead a hundred times over. Getting Rihanna for this layout was sheer brilliance. Her in that black beaded number with the jacket hood – it’s everything.

    • Thomas

      That’s my fave too!

    • alyce1213

      I love that black beaded number too, but I gotta say — I think the runway model is outdoing her big time. What a beauty!

      • Thomas

        I think they’re both gorgeous. Who knew Versace could look so classy and elegant?!

        • FibonacciSequins

          I was honestly surprised to see it was Versace.

          • Thomas

            No sheer or cut-outs!

          • boweryboy

            Oh, there were sheers and cutouts and a whole lotta tacky in this collection. Trust. That black dress was the most demure and also the collection finale.

          • Thomas

            I was just saying I’m surprised there’s no sheer or cutouts on that particular dress. See Donatella, you can do classy and elegant when you just tone it down a little!

          • boweryboy

            Right? It’s a gorgeous dress. I want more of this from Versace.

          • Thomas

            Yes, it’s classy, but the gunmetal beading and what look like black leather patches still make it edgy like Versace is known for.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            This Atelier Versace is spectacular on Ms. Ri.

  • SistaT

    I need Ri to stop making “music” and just be a model and otherwise professional clothes-wearer. Just walk through life being fly. That’s it. Strut around giving body and face and letting bitches have it and recommending that folks suck it and kiss your left ass cheek and things of that nature.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I don’t want her to stop making music, but I do want her to try acting.

      Just checked IMDb-she’s rumored to be co-starring with Kevin Hart in a movie next year. Yes please!

      • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

        She did, or did you miss Battleship? She mostly just made faces in it, though.

        • FibonacciSequins

          Didn’t see it. I’d like to see if she could handle a real part. She has the screen charisma part down, I think.

  • Sophia Finfer

    She is KILLIN IT. But it looks like they did some weird photoshopping to me in pics 2 and 5; her head looks a little too big for her body in those. Regardless, still supah FIERCE.

  • colleenjanel

    Irrational hate list. Didn’t recognize her in most of the shots. Meh.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Wow. She looks classy and AWESOME.

  • KinoEye

    KILLING IT. I gasped, gasped, and gasped again as I scrolled. I think the shot of her in that D&G hood stopped my heart for a second. I’M NOT WORTHY.

  • marlie

    These photos are simply stunning. Cate and Tilda have presence and grace, but I don’t think either of them has as much FUN being fashion-forward as Rihanna does. Which is not to say that anyone is better or worse at it than anyone else…

    My only quibble is that in a couple of photos, that doesn’t really look like RiRi’s face.

    • JG

      Agreed – I’ve been tring to figure out what it is. Do you think the exaggerated lip is what changes the look of her face? She’s done all kinds of dramatic eyes before without looking unlike herself, so I don’t think they are it?

      • marlie

        I can’t quite place my finger on it. Maybe it’s the combo of the dramatic eye AND dramatic lip?

      • Fyolette

        it’s the nose. they actually made it appear wider in photoshop, which is more common/characteristic for Arabic facial type(I really hope I’m phrasing it correctly and not offend anyone. If I did, I apologize.), seeing it;s for HB Arabia.

        • Danielle

          I scrolled back up, and I think it /is/ the nose. It’s wider somehow. whether that’s due to photoshop or just lack of contouring makeup, we’ll never know.

        • random_poster

          There are certainly common characteristics, but “wider” is not the term I’d use.

    • Bridget Smith

      I think, also, that most people are so thrilled to be photographing Cate and Tilda that they don’t DO anything with them. They rely on the women to bring all the interest – and it works! But I’d love to see one of them in a spread as interesting as this.

    • mellbell

      Oddly enough, the cover shot made me think of Heike Makatsch (Mia from “Love Actually”) because of how full and pouty her face looks (in a good way).

    • lundibleu

      There’s been a lot of photo manipulation, along with makeup and lighting. I can’t quite figure it out, but something doesn’t look quite right. Also, it looks to me like a lot of her own personality is gone, and that’s where I find she really excels usually – you can see her personality in comparison to the muted models and it brings things to life more. This doesn’t, gorgeous though the pictures are.

      Also, one wee niggle – why is their cover picture for a “modesty / cover up” editorial one of a mid thigh length dress. Odd choice there.

  • James

    I don’t like the cover, way too much going on, distracting from her and the last one is giving me the willies as I keep seeing a third eye in the middle. Too much photoshop in general so not in love with this. But! The blue Elie Saab though, with the red turban is making me drool. My favorite by far. From the exquisite dress on her, amazing contrast in the turban, her sheer beauty and then on top fab photography and setting. What a shot.

  • Alyssa

    That cover line right placed beside Rihanna made me giggle. However, she is rocking this editorial. My favorite is the third one down, the Atelier Versace shot. Her eyes look amazing in that one!!

  • Gatto Nero

    She is killing it in this spread — though the gorgeous clothes give her something to work with.
    *Presence*. (See this and weep, Nicole R.)

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Rihanna has that indefinable “it” quality that cannot be taught or bought.

  • RescueMe23

    Does she even record music anymore?

    • Shawn EH

      7 albums in 9 years, she deserves a little break.

      • lbl

        lol I think people are confused about this because 1. they’re used to hearing her music frequently and 2. she’s been promoting herself like crazy even without an album out.

        My favorite thing about her is how she looks in clothes, so it’s fine by me.

        • Sarah

          I cannot turn on the radio without her song being on in the next 20 minutes, if not right then. Rhi/Bey/Pharrell/Rhi/Chris Brown/Bey/Rhi/Trey Songz.

          • Thomas

            It’s funny cause she last released an album in November 2012, but she’s done collaborations with Eminem and Shakira since then.

          • Sarah

            People in my neck o’ the woods seem to be very eager to hear Pour It Up oooh, maybe thirty times a day.

          • Thomas

            I feel sorry for you. I only like to listen to that song when I’m getting ready to go to the club. It’s ok, but definitely not my favorite Rihanna song.

          • Sarah

            Quite. I’ve gotten to the point where I hear the opening bars and switch the station right quick, lest I grow to hate a girl I don’t have any hate for by dint of sheer repetition.

    • Thomas

      She took a break. She’s supposed to have another album coming out this year.

  • AnaRoW

    I’m usually meh about Rihanna (She’s pretty and stylish but her voice makes me want to cry (and not in a good way).), but I love this editorial. LOVE the Versace pic.

    • boweryboy

      Couldn’t agree with you more about her voice. It’s like cats in heat.

      • Thomas

        I like her voice when she sings ballads and mid-tempos. For example, I think it sounds great when she sings “Stay.” But her voice is definitely unusual. It’s kind of like Shakira’s. You either love it or hate it.

        • Imasewsure

          I liked Umbrella because it was different but I agree about Stay. Really nice use of her voice. I also love Monster (big MM fan) but it is interesting to lump her in with Shakira. I think RiRi is a little bit better singer but both unique (and gorgeous) entertainment “packages” rather than songbirds

          • Thomas

            I actually think Shakira is a better singer than Rihanna live. I find Shakira’s voice kind of similar to Alanis Morissette’s. But both are more entertainers than singers in the vein of Madonna or Janet Jackson. And I prefer “Love the Way You Lie” to “Monster.” I thought her voice was emotionally devastating on that song.

          • Imasewsure

            Ooh agreed about Love the Way You Lie… that was a good one too… Interesting about Shakira… I’ve only heard Hips Don’t Lie (which I loved) so nice to know she’s got more going on (’cause she’s purdy so it’s fun to have her in the spotlight whether she can sing or not). :)

          • Thomas

            Check out her albums Laundry Service and Oral Fixation (the one Hips Don’t Lie is from). Also, watch the music video for “Whenever Wherever.” I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard that song before. It was her first big hit in the states.

          • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

            I like Objection (Tango) from Laundry Service, and Ready for the Good Times. Don’t Bother was fairly popular, too.

          • Thomas

            Those are really good too along with Underneath Your Clothes, The One, La Tortura and “Men in This Town” from She Wolf. I kind of like the song “She Wolf” as well. And I think “Don’t Bother” might be my favorite Shakira song.

          • demidaemon

            I love “She Wolf” and “Men in This Town.” Me and my mom want to see those as LSFYL songs on RPDR.

          • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

            She Wolf would be hilarious, especially if one of the Queens replicated her video ensemble.

          • demidaemon

            I like that song, too.

          • AnaRoW

            I find Rihanna’s more in the vein of Britney Spears. Madonna, Janet and Shakira are songwriters and producers and, in my mind, that puts them in a slightly different category.

            I’m not opposed to unusual voices as I like Shakira’s voice. Rihanna’s is just flat and grating. It can be less so with the right song but I haven’t made it through any of her songs since “Please Don’t Stop The Music.”

            (Speaking of unusual but great voices, check out Leah McFall on Youtube. She came in second on UK’s The Voice last year.)

          • Thomas

            Thanks! I’ll have to check her out. I think Rihanna has more input in her music than Britney ever has though and I also think she has a better voice than Britney.

          • demidaemon

            I’m pretty sure that Rihanna doesn’t lipsync 24/7, which automatically puts her ahead of Brit.

          • Thomas

            Yes, Rihanna sings live almost all of the time whereas when is the last time Brit sang live, if ever?

          • demidaemon

            Your guess is as good as mine.

          • demidaemon

            See, I HATE Umbrella. That song just irks the shit out of me (and everyone in my life knows it and uses it to annoy me). And it was the first song I heard from her, so I was immediately prepared to dislike her as a musician. But then I heard “Disturbia,” which made me do a 180. But, that’s been the way I’ve responded to a lot of her music. I either hate the song or love it. No in-between.

          • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

            I love covers of Umbrella, the original just sounds like an alarm clock: EH, EH, EH

          • demidaemon

            That’s the part that irritates the bejeezus out of me. The actual verses aren’t terrible, but I just can’t get past the stupid chorus.

      • numenah

        She possesses a very, very small talent.

    • Thomas

      That Versace pic is truly drool worthy.

  • Shawn EH

    No blasphemy at all, she is a goddess! Also, I have to admit, I’m falling in love with those D&G mini-dresses.

  • Nancer

    Amazing spread! She looks fabulous. As to getting Rhianna for this – I totally see where they came up with that. It’s the unexpectedness….The juxtaposition of her penchant for nakedness with the concept of covering up. That’s what makes it noteworthy (not to mention she looks killer in all of these shots).

  • Frank_821

    breathtaking. It’s always a joy to see a layout with a celeb who can actually model

  • suzq

    I love how the woman who shows up half naked to everything is demonstrating “The New Modesty.” Take THAT, Taliban!
    Question: why didn’t they use the hood that went with the Dolce and Gabbana outfit?

  • Denise Alden

    She really reminds me of Eartha Kitt in that turban. Gorgeous.

  • samo_samo

    So fierce! I really loved every shot. Perhaps her CFDA Fashion Icon award might have been a tad premature, but if she keeps delivering editorials like this it will be well earned.

  • lexilexi

    Tyra Banks realness.

  • WittyCism

    Totally elevated the looks, specially the Elie Saab and Balenciaga. But whoo, girl looks mighty pissed on the cover. Maybe it’s those words on the page right next to her that will eternally whisper “modesty” and “cover up.”

  • ErikaM812

    Wow, Rihanna looks amazing! Do you think she gets really good coaching, or is she just a natural at posing? She’s like a real model in most of her cover shoots.

    • Thomas

      I think she’s just a natural, but she might have some coaching. She has a lot of attitude and presence even when she’s on the street though.

      • ErikaM812

        Yes, I think her attitude and confidence really exudes in all her photos.

    • MilaXX

      I think it’s both. If you don’t have it, all the coaching in the world can’t pull it out of you. Think of Nicole Ritchie and every other dead eyed starlet we’ve seen in a photospread.

  • Anna

    I think I just had my first multiple eyegasm, courtesy of Rihanna.

    That shot of her with the hooded gown *weeps at the fabulosity of it all*

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  • Joanna

    I have to say that while I think the pictures are stunning, in many of them, she doesn’t look like Rihanna. I would not have recognized them as her.

  • pamplemousse

    Girl’s cupid’s bow is insane

  • Thomas

    Can you add the photo of her in the black dominatrix inspired outfit?

    • Kitten Mittons

      Had to look it up once you said it was out there. I wonder how many stars would cover their face completely for a fashion spread? Just because it’s all about publicity for them, so why allow them to cover your calling card. It’s a great shot, though.

      • Thomas

        It’s very high concept. That’s why I like it so much and want the Uncles to add it to the post if they’re still able to.

  • Tami from Seattle

    Man that girl gives good face!

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    she is serving FACE and body-oddy-oddy as the queens say….

    • Shawn EH

      And all of those models are doing it too, and really well, and she’s STILL beating them without seeming to try!

  • Myra Amler

    OK maybe I am going insane, but the cover shot and the turban shot look like she is channeling Eartha Kitt.

    • MilaXX

      I see that and I see Grace Jones in that hooded dress.

      • Thomas

        I saw Grace Jones in that one too.

    • mjude

      yes…eartha kitt realness!

      • Myra Amler

        Maybe she should be the next Cat Woman.

  • Beardslee

    Wow, does she look beautiful. And the clothes! Sleeves can not only be our friend, they can be our ally in looking fabulous.

  • boweryboy

    I’m SO not a fan of her, but I have to admit gurl knows how to werq the lens. The Ralph Lauren made me gasp. It’s Diana Vreeland level of editorial fabulous.

  • sienna elm

    That Ralph Lauren shot looks like a perfume ad! :)

  • Kitten Mittons

    She is just exquisite. Girl crush x 1000. I need a turban.

  • smayer

    That second photo is SO STRIKING.

  • butterflysunita

    I love the second to last shot in the Elie Saab–how the blue fabric looks like water flowing down the stairs.

    • Sarah

      That’s my favorite too.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Pure slayage. She’s giving so much.

  • Amelia Ross

    Great spread but the word ‘modesty’ makes me gag

  • kimmeister

    Her eyes are hypnotic.

  • MilaXX

    For those who think she can’t rock and editorial unless she’s half naked, BOO-YAH! Not only has she slayed, even her tats are an asset here. Girl can give face. I would definitely put her in Tilda and Cate’s circle. They all can make clothes work that ordinarily wouldn’t. Half these looks work better on her than the model.

    • Thomas

      I wish I could upvote your comment a million times. I’m so tired of people saying that she wouldn’t be anything if she wasn’t half naked all of the time. As this editorial proves, she looks stunning completely covered as well. Maybe she’s just very comfortable with her body and likes to be naked. Models are half naked all of the time. I don’t think she’s desperate like a lot of people call her.

      • demidaemon

        For some reason, Rihanna is grossly underestimated in all her talents and I really don’t understand why.

  • Janet B

    Breathtaking. Damn.

  • Nika E

    These are great, absolutely stunning. Kudos to the stylist and photographer.

  • mmebam

    Speaking of modesty, are we not going to talk about how that first dress is a slip and fall away from showing the good China?

  • lbl

    It’s upsetting that she hasn’t represented more fashion brands. She makes clothes her own and just about everything works on her.

  • Town

    I love it!

  • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

    Thought from your intro that you were going to rip this editorial, and meanwhile I was squeeing as I scrolled down. Phew!

  • Alison

    I thousand kinds of spectacular. I would kill a man for that Elie Saab.

  • Mona_Visa

    Beautiful. She’s covered up but she’s still burning the lens and owning each photo. Ordinary mortals would be lost in all those clothes, but not Rihanna.

  • Shelby

    Damn, this is gorgeous. It’s a definite perk up from yesterday’s Nicole Ritchie piece. 😀

  • fursa_saida

    I am cracking up internally at the association of any of this with “Arabia.” (I am not actually trying to start another conversation about cultural appropriation here, for the record.) I mean, I don’t at all expect the fashion world to be interested in realism or faithfulness, I get it! It’s just that when Fashun Lens gets applied to something you’re a bit more familiar with it really sticks out. HILARIOUSLY.

  • Clash D

    The Atelier Versace shot is the best. The rest are ick to me, mostly because its idea of ‘covering up’ is so contrived. Why cover the face in lace when her thighs are exposed for all to see? That said, the clothes are beautiful; I just wished that the shoot was styled in a way that actually relates to the modesty ideals of a moderate muslim women in the context of the culture they live in (where excessively bared skin and even hair being a taboo).

  • elirt

    The last few editorials she’s done her hands are so awkward, but it looks likes she’s figured out how to work them equally as she can work her face. Wow. Nicely done.

  • Danielle


  • LadyVimes

    Dear lord she’s beautiful. WERQ, hands down.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Amazing, she’s definitely at their level. She is breathtaking here.

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

    Rihanna in a turban reminds me of just how many mere mortals there are. Bowing down.

  • MaggieMae

    She’s developing some serious fashion cred. Kudos to her team for advising and guiding her in this direction.

  • Drunken Housewife

    The turban shot makes me want to weep that I will never look one fraction so fabulous. What a lovely framed photo it would make. Less positively, who could survive in those heavy, beaded black dresses in SAUDI ARABIA?? I went to Jordan once and felt I was going to die from the heat, and I wasn’t wearing twenty pound dresses.

    • demidaemon

      True. But most women in that area are expected to be covered up, and often wear black, so I don’t see it as so far-fetched.

  • Lilyana_F

    Truly spectacular!

  • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

    WOW. Just plain WOW. These are stunning photographs, a damn near perfect combination of clothing and wearer. I bow down.

  • Little_Olive

    Yes to everything TLo said, but –BUT- I’ll be the party pooper here and say I can’t endorse this. These people know very well that Rihanna is one to go out scantily clad, to put it mildly, and they are in a culture where women are lambasted by society when they show an arm (they may be less strict than, say, Yemen, but they are quick to think of women as w**res).

    I mean the fact that the cover reads “the new modesty” when it is not a choice but an imposition, whether implied or expressed, is offensive to those women who cannot chose what to wear. And Rihanna just adds to the banalization of it.

    • Thomas

      I partly agree, but I think they’re just trying to say that modesty can be chic. Besides, rich women in Saudia Arabia are known to wear these type of clothes under their burqas so they can impress other women at their women only gatherings.

      • Little_Olive

        Yes, I thought of that. But it’s still not enough, because, as you say, 1) under their burqas 2) at women’s only gatherings.

        I have absolutely no doubt that modesty can be -is- very chic. Making a point of it suggests that they are relieving you of a sartorial difficulty. Not.

    • Glammie

      Oh, I don’t know–yeah, Rihanna’s sort of following the rules here–but also giving it a bit of an FU by giving it her fully leaded oomph. She’s not one to let a couple of layers of fabric get in the way of her fully owned sexuality. I actually laughed when I saw it. This is not what you call demure.

      I think “the new modesty” cover language (for which Rihanna is not responsible) is sort of an obligatory kow-tow to the authorities, but the spread is actually a bit subversive.

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      Should the magazine ignore the cultural traditions of the audience they’re trying to serve, then?

  • Judy_J

    Holy cats! I’m picking my jaw up off the floor. She is STUNNING! I was beginning to grow weary of her act, but by god, she has managed to bring me back. Absolutely gorgeous in every way.

  • Sally3000

    Photo 5 with the light colored turban…WOW!!! Works so well with her high hairline. So beautiful. I’m feeling all the glamour and sex appeal of Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve.

  • DuBey2

    I die for the pic of her in Elie Saab (which I did not like on the RW) – esp. against the gorgeous colors of that staircase. Oh. and a turban.

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  • bitchybitchybitchy

    totally serving it up-bowing down. This editorial should be sent to the Elle Australia folks with a post-it saying “THIS is how you do it”

  • Nancy Arseneault-Heald

    That model in the teal dress looks pissed because RiRi is making her look frumpy as heck.

  • Agatha Guilluame

    This is so subversive. I mean what are they trying to say to their readership? Don’t get me wrong, I love it and I love RiRi and it’s beautifully styled but the title is killing me ever so softly.

  • AndieJay

    It’s not just you. Rihanna is on the list of people I look forwarding to seeing. And it’s really not a long list.

    • Lisalady161

      I’m with you. I haven’t seen a celebrity with so much IT in decades. She just burns off the page, doesn’t she?

      • AndieJay

        She sure does.

  • Justine

    I just want to wear that Elie Saab dress every day for the rest of my life.

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  • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

    Her team is brilliant, planning to have her show up naked to a major event when they knew this would come out soon after. There are some impressively styled/composed shots here.

  • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

    Just goes to show… tits and ass are not always where it’s at. These pics focus on her amazing, face, lips, eyes, all of it! This is refreshing and amazingly high fashion. Leave slutty to those who have nothing else to offer.

    • vitaminC

      Love it. Take what would be a limitation (fashion mag in Saudi Arabia) and turn it into a total plus. Awesome.

  • SugarSnap108

    I’m crying with you over that turban shot. Absolutely stunning. When garments like these are actually outdone by FACE and body language, that’s pretty amazing.

  • Wink

    The tattoos on her right hand/arm are intricate and beautiful… but ouch.

    • Shawn EH

      Maybe they’re henna?

      • Wink

        They are “henna inspired” but they’re real. There’s a video of her (in New Zealand) getting a tattoo.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    Not usually a fan, but the teal dress with the red turban is pretty awesome.

  • demidaemon


  • SophieCollier

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! Oh my god she looks perfect in these.

  • OffToSeeHim

    That last one with her in the gray dress is a mess. Why bother getting Rihanna if you’re going to put her in a sucky pose, and then cover up her face so it could be any model.

  • quiltrx

    Second look is serving GRACE JONES REALNESS.
    Seriously, for some of the tacky-ass she turns out on the street…when you put her in real clothes, girl knows exactly what to do. And the terrific styling of the photos adds a lot, too.

  • bmason6


  • conniemd

    Love the Elie Saab, but then he knows how to dress women glamorously. But does anyone believe that it would be acceptable to wear the amount of make-up that she wears in these shots. And yes, she is stunningly beautiful.

  • Qdahling

    Except for the last shot, every photo was better than the previous. She is stunning! WERQ

  • deech_sea

    Fiercer by the second!

  • kategs

    nope. still over her. The whole idea of this editorial irritates the living daylights out of me and to use Rihanna (and yes she’s gorgeous) is a slap.

  • Alloy Jane

    Jesus. And here I thought absolutely no one would be able to pull off those D&G Joan of WTF beaded tunics. Glad to be proven so very wrong.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Fierce!!! She’s unstoppable!!!

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Miss RiRi has come out to win. She’s crushing it.

  • MissusBee

    What may even inch Ri ahead of the Cates in the clothes-wearing stakes is that she can kill so many looks, from streetwear hotness, to designer-Khaleesi fierceness, to the above old Hollywood intense glamour thing.

    Using her as a poster girl for middle eastern modesty does make me uncomfortable. It’s like someone saw her RC appearance from a few weeks ago (tits out, silver hat) and thought ‘She can rock a headscarf! We are totally doing this!’ The reality being that a woman would be jailed or whipped for dressing like Rihanna (as we usually see her) in a lot of ‘modesty’-fixated countries.

  • E.Nelson

    First of all, I feel SLIGHTLY uncomfortable with Rihanna being touted as a cover girl for a culture she has proven time and again she has absolutely no investment in; at best she’s ambivalent about modesty; throw in Arabian culture and she’s almost lampooning the ideas represented in Islamic Arabian fashion.

    HOWEVER, as much as cultural appropriation committed by ANYONE gets to me (really? That much of an Arabian woman’s thighs is culturally acceptable in that first shot? Really? That much makeup is blithely accepted?), there’s no denying she wears clothes incredibly well and that she is uncannily beautiful to behold in front of a camera. She’s luminous.

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      I have a hard time crying “cultural appropriation” against a Bahamian woman of color wearing French, Lebanese, Italian and American designers for a Saudi Arabian magazine. Who’s appropriating and what are they appropriating?

      • Fred Vaughn

        She’s Barbadian, actually… Your point is a good one, all the same.

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          D’oh. I knew that looked wrong.

    • theblondette

      Have you ever seen how much eye makeup ladies wear behind their niqab? It can be a whole thing – super sexy eyes behind a veil! The Middle
      Eastern make up market is pretty huge. I might have some issues here if Rihanna was in hijab-drag, but she’s wearing western-produced clothes given a Middle Eastern styling intended for a Middle Eastern audience, so I don’t think that could be classed as appropriative…

      This is a more general comment, so not aimed at OP especially… Middle Eastern culture is not uniform, anyway, and for instance the United Arab Emirates can be much more relaxed about dress than Saudi Arabia. From what I know if it, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia (formerly Harper’s Bazaar Dubai, I think) is an English-language magazine aimed at Middle Eastern women with an international outlook so far as style and celebrity is concerned. I get a bit fed up of reading comments that, with anxiety about cultural appropriation, end up being quite patronising about the diverse interests of Middle Eastern women.

  • Fred Vaughn

    Who knew?

  • Wadwell Burns


  • theblondette

    I think this is fun! I’m a white woman but I have lived in the Middle East (and I was born in Saudi). Which I mention to say that I don’t speak with AUTHORITY on WoC of course but that I have a bit of experience with Arabian issues. Women in the parts of the Middle East I know (Saudi, UAE) LOVE fashion and can be incredibly glamorous and beautiful, and some of the comments here to me feel like they’re suggesting that Middle Eastern women don’t appreciate high glamour. A lot of them do, and sensible designers realise there’s a huge, profitable market for them to sell to. My mother worked for a while in a high end designer store in Doha, and it would be shut every few months so that a female royal and her entourage could visit. They would buy EVERYTHING.

    And here, asides from the shot where you see a lot of thigh, Rihanna is covered up and still incredibly beautiful. I think it was a clever editorial decision – getting a woman who is famous for being scantily-clad to look amazing in an editorial where mostly her body is covered up makes a real point about the beautiful and, yes, sensual potential of modest dress is a much bolder statement than just getting a generic model to wear these pretty clothes.

  • Crystal


  • Alyssa_T_Robot

    she’s got smolder on lock!

  • FierceFierceFierce

    She is getting fiercer by the MICROsecond, I love her!

  • jml27

    back of the hand tattoos may be the answer to aging hands that no longer match one’s “done” face.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    aw yisss.

  • Jennifer Schiller

    She is stunning; this is stunning; that second/third shot is absolutely drop-dead amazing (as is her gaze in the turban photo).

    Inspired choice, and great for Rihanna who was starting to make a name for herself for working as little clothing as possible. Not that she wasn’t doing it well, but this shoot reminds people she can work everything.

  • JynxTheCat

    Well she gets a huge handicap edge thanks to that ultimate accessory: youth…but that can easily backfire (see every other pop tart out there). This is marvelous.