Rihanna covers the November 2019 issue of Vogue magazine photographed by Ethan James Green and styled by fashion editor Tonne Goodman.
On Fenty maison, the Paris-based line Rihanna founded with LVMH: “I’m not the face of my brand, but I am the muse, and my DNA has to run all the way through it. I don’t want anyone to pull up my website and think, Rihanna would never wear that.”
On her upcoming album, R9: “I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album,” Rihanna says. “It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you’re going to feel the elements in all of the tracks … Reggae always feels right to me. It’s in my blood. It doesn’t matter how far or long removed I am from that culture, or my environment that I grew up in; it never leaves. It’s always the same high. Even though I’ve explored other genres of music, it was time to go back to something that I haven’t really homed in on completely for a body of work.”
On whether she would ever stop making music: Oh, nooo, music is, like, speaking in code to the world, where they get it. It’s the weird language that connects me to them. Me the designer, me the woman who creates makeup and lingerie—it all started with music. It was my first pen pal–ship to the world. To cut that off is to cut my communication off. All of these other things flourish on top of that foundation.”
On if it’s true she turned down the Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick: “Absolutely. I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”
On the mass shooting epidemic in the United States: “It is devastating. People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal. And the fact that it’s classified as something different because of the color of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist. Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem. The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president.”
On what gives her hope: “I feel like the darkness has actually forced people to find this light within them where they want to do better. It’s easy when you think everything is going really well and perfect. When everything is flowers and butterflies and you’re in your own bubble and your own world. But to see it, to know it’s happening—it pushes you to want to be the light in the world.”
On her personal life: “Yeah, I’m dating. I’m actually in an exclusive relationship for quite some time, and it’s going really well, so I’m happy.” (And on if she wants kids: “Without a doubt.”)
Vogue’s November 2019 issue is available on newsstands in NY/LA October 15th, and nationwide October 22nd.
Cover: Fenty Tulle Coat | Forevermark and Maria Tash Earrings
Inside 1: Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Dress | Panconesi by Marco Panconesi Earrings
Inside 2: Gucci Dress | Maria Tash Earrings
Inside 3: Alexander McQueen Dress | Rings by Shay Jewelry, Hoorsenbuhs, Hermès, and Delfina Delettrez
[Photo Credit: Ethan James Green/Vogue Magazine]