Rihanna covers the August 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine photographed by Gray Sorrenti. At 32, Robyn Rihanna Fenty is already an icon. But the secret to her success in the beauty business and now skin might lie in how she has reimagined what it means to be one.
Rihanna on her brand vision for Fenty and the difficulties of “getting it right”: “I’ve always seen the Fenty brand as more than just makeup, and I knew I wanted to make skin care from the very beginning. It was just about getting it right. You have to live with the formulas for a while and test them in different ways. It’s very different from makeup in that sense. It takes a long time.”
On her mother’s influence: “She knew everything about perfume, skin care and makeup. She never let me wear makeup, but I was secretly fascinated. So, when she’d leave home, I would play around with hers.”
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross on Rihanna’s mission to make beauty more inclusive: “Rihanna’s unapologetic determination to make beauty an inclusive industry – and her insistence that beauty can be democratic – changed the game. She seems to imagine from a world where there are no limits, inviting us all to do the same.”
[Photo Credit: Gray Sorrenti/Harper’s Bazaar Magazine]