When you make it to 100 covers, you’ve go to go big. That’s exactly what FADER has done as Rihanna joins Drake as the second cover of the magazine’s 100th issue. The super starlet went full Beyoncé for the magazine’s cover, as she didn’t grant an interview with the publication, only offering to answer five questions via e-mail.
Beyoncé pulled a similar move this year when she covered Vogue, put only offered pictorials with no interview. It’s not uncommon in today’s world of uber-stardom that Rihanna is in, you’ve got to reach a certain level of status to pull that off. What’s different from this, however, is that Rihanna took some of the pictures herself.
Rihanna’s upcoming eighth studio album R8 should be out soon but this story, which you can read here, doesn’t give much updates on it.
"All photos of Rihanna, at this point in her career, have layers of artifice. We wanted to see what would happen if we were able to pull some of that away," said Naomi Zeichner, The FADER’s editor-in-chief. "The FADER’s 100th issue reckons with the changes in music and media since The FADER’s launch: today there are fewer music magazines than ever, which makes The FADER’s job bigger, and means we are more responsible than ever for contextualizing the work of major artists like Drake and Rihanna. At the same time, there are more ways and more places for artists to tell their own stories than ever before, and this is one example of that. These photos, like the entirety of this issue, reflect on the changing relationship between artists and media."
Check out the photos from the shoot in the gallery above.
Photo Credit: Renata Raksha and Rihanna.
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