Rihanna stars as a cover girl for the April 2016 issue of Vogue magazine, captured by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott with styling by Tonne Goodman.
Here’s what Rihanna had to share with the mag:
On why she’s single:
My schedule is so crazy right now. It’s definitely going to be a challenge when I do decide to pursue a relationship… but I have hope!
On “Higher” song:
We recorded that song at 4:00 in the morning. 4:00 to 5:00. We had finished recording a bunch of stuff, and it was the end of the night. It was pretty short. We just said, “You know what? Let’s just drink some whiskey and record this song.” And when I heard the song, I envisioned a drunk voicemail. You know he’s wrong, and then you get drunk and you’re like, “I could forgive him. I could call him. I could make up with him.” Just, desperate. [laughs]
On “Bitch Better Have My Money” song:
“Bitch Better Have My Money” just felt like something everybody can relate to, whether it’s in regards to money or not. There’s something about that attitude or that confidence, that level of discarding something. Because it’s also just very final. It’s a very final statement. That song can be taken in so many ways. You know? And hardly ever is it actually money. I mean, money’s pretty much the obvious thing. The nonobvious thing is somebody who’s just jocking you. You’re not paying them any attention. You’re minding your own business. And everything that comes out of them is targeted toward you. And so you just feel like at the end of the day, you might as well get paid for this shit. You know what I’m saying? It’s just a way to describe a situation. It’s a way to be in charge, to let people know that you’re all about your business.
On her famous СFDA look:
I have always freed the nipple. It was never to get attention. Never sexual. Never in desperation. The bra just fucked up my sheer shirt. I just wanted to be perfect and that’s what I went with and I felt okay with that. And after a while, it became such a scandal and a “horrible role model” thing. It was a topic of discussion, and eventually other girls started defending me. And now there’s this whole “Free the Nipple” movement.
But CFDAs was the last time that I did that. I remember saying that day to my stylist and everybody in the room, hair and makeup, everyone—I was just like, “Now you see it. Tomorrow you won’t.” Because this is the last time. I can’t go any further than this. I’m barely there. So I said, “From here on, we’ll be back to clothes. Let’s just put clothes on. Even if I don’t want to. Make sure I put clothes on.” Because I don’t want people to think that I’m doing this on purpose.
On her favoutire designers:
I love Stella [McCartney]. I loved her clothing and I thought they were flirty. She has a way of making women sexy without looking like they’re trying to be sexy, which is my favorite thing in life.
Alexander Wang is edgy. He’s ahead of the curve. He is always setting trends. Never following. And that makes me excited about his designs.
Olivier [Rousteing] — he’s such a beautiful person inside. And I’m really proud of him for being such a young black man in this huge fashion industry and still being able to sell clothes and change a brand and put his thing on entertainment in the way that he has, where people die to get one of his dresses.
Raf [Simons] is just a freak of nature. He’s like my soul mate when it comes to design. How can someone understand your mind like that? He’s so great at being twisted. He pushes the envelope. He’s past the envelope now. Past pushing the envelope. He’s making his own envelope.
Love Vetements. It’s one of those brands that just blows your mind. It’s never going to be all the same thing in my closet. But with a brand like Vetements, you can have a leather skirt, a shirt and jacket to the ground, a T-shirt, a sweatsuit, a tailored skirtsuit. You literally can have every occasion of an outfit in one collection.
Oh! Love Victoria [Beckham]. I’ve only worn her a few times. Her sunglasses are really good. She knows how to snatch waists. Her dresses fit really well. Zac Posen, though, he’s the best at snatching waists. He’s legit. He knows how to make a woman’s body look great. Tom Ford knows how to make a woman a bad bitch.
Jean Paul Gaultier is king to me. And the other one—obviously, Dior. Dior is just—they’re timeless, they’re classic. But I also love that they’re never afraid to change. Never afraid to evolve and stay ahead of the times. I mean, the fact that Dior has done a Rasta collection. You think about that. It blows your mind that Dior would take a risk like that.