RIHANNA! The Superstar Graces Our March Cover
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RIHANNA! The Superstar Graces Our March Cover

Rihanna covers our March #BreakTheRules issue.

photography by Sebastian Faena


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It's been almost ten years since Rihanna first graced our cover back in August 2007. It was right when she'd released her explosive third album Good Girl Gone Bad featuring the smash single "Umbrella." Back then, just like her album's title implies, Rihanna was at a turning point in her career, starting to break out of the glossy, pop princess mold and find her voice and her unique sense of style. "[Good Girl Gone Bad] really represents my liberation," she told our writer Bevy Smith at the time.

In the decade since, she's certainly found that freedom. She's dropped five more albums, including last year's hit Anti; was named CFDA's Fashion Icon of the Year in 2014 (and accepted the award in that unforgettable, crystal-studded see-through Adam Selman gown); designed two Fenty Puma collections with the athletic brand (and will debut her third in Paris on March 6th); received the MTV Video Vanguard Award last August; and even traveled to Cambridge, MA, earlier this week to accept Harvard's Humanitarian of the Year Award. And, amidst all this, what's nearly as remarkable as her creative and professional accomplishments is the fact that she's remained the cool, DGAF chick who will bring a bedazzled flask to the Grammys and often returns home to Barbados to don a bejeweled bikini and feathered headdress for carnival.

Now, the woman who can do it all is lending her talents to Hollywood; she's part of the all-female Ocean's Eight cast, starring alongside acting heavyweights like Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway. For our spring #BreakTheRules cover, our team took inspiration from her budding acting career and chameleon-like powers of transformation to cast her as a high fashion clerk in a bodega of the future. "We thought it would be interesting to put a superstar like Rih in such an everyday surrounding," says Shannon Stokes, who styled our shoot alongside Farren Fucci. "And Farren added the 'future' angle to give it a twist, so it became a challenge to envision what a girl who worked there might look like," he added.

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On Rihanna: Jacket by 5:31 Jérôme with Swarovski crystals, bra by Dior, dress by Faith Connexion, earrings by My Enemy by Chris Habana x Shannon Stokes and bracelet by Lynn Ban. Lighter by Sicko Cartel.

On Mallory Merk: Top by Fenty Puma

On Duckie Thot: Top, bottoms and gloves by Fenty Puma, hoodie by Reconstruct Collective

Coat by Bally, shirt by Reiss, bra by Dior, jeans by Dsquared2, earrings by Area with Swarovski crystals, rings by Lynn Ban and necklaces are Rihanna's own

Overalls and jacket by Acne Studios, top by Paco Rabanne, shoes by Christian Louboutin, earrings by My Enemy by Chris Habana x Shannon Stokes, earrings by Area with Swarovski crystals, necklaces, bracelets and rings by Ambush Design, ring by Dior

Shirt by No. 21, bra by & Other Stories, skirt by Marni, boots by Dior, gloves by Acne Studios, and jewelry by My Enemy by Chris Habana x Shannon Stokes

Shirt by No. 21, bra by & Other Stories, skirt by Marni, boots by Dior, gloves by Acne Studios, jewelry by My Enemy by Chris Habana x Shannon Stokes, eyeglasses by Gentle Monster

Shirt by Marc Jacobs, shorts by Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, hat by Mitchell & Ness, boots by Maison Margiela, rings and earrings by My Enemy by Chris Habana x Shannon Stokes, necklace by Aether 79

On Rihanna: Shirt by Marc Jacobs, shorts by Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, hat by Mitchell & Ness, boots by Maison Margiela, rings and earrings by My Enemy by Chris Habana x Shannon Stokes, necklace by Aether 79

On Poster Boy: Hoodie by Homies Wonderland and pants by John Lawrence Sullivan

Shirt by Marc Jacobs, shorts by Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, hat by Mitchell & Ness, boots by Maison Margiela, rings and earrings by My Enemy by Chris Habana x Shannon Stokes, necklace by Aether 79

Coat by Bally, shirt by Reiss, bra by Dior, jeans by Dsquared2, earrings by Area with Swarovski crystals, rings by Lynn Ban and necklaces are Rihanna's own

Jacket by 5:31 Jérôme with Swarovski crystals, bra by Dior, dress by Faith Connexion, earrings by My Enemy by Chris Habana x Shannon Stokes and bracelet by Lynn Ban. Lighter by Sicko Cartel.

Suit, earrings and pendant necklace by Chanel, necklace and rings by Lynn Ban

Dress and earrings by Proenza Schouler, jacket and necklace by Marques' Almeida, belt by Marni and shoes by Christian Louboutin

Dress and earrings by Proenza Schouler, necklace by Marques' Almeida, belt by Marni and shoes by Christian Louboutin

Inside the Alphabet City Deli & Grill

Splash photo: Shirt by No. 21, bra by & Other Stories, skirt by Marni, boots by Dior, gloves by Acne Studios, and jewelry by My Enemy by Chris Habana x Shannon Stokes

Related: Read our 2007 Rihanna cover story HERE

Stylists: Farren Fucci at Wilhelmina and Shannon Stokes

Creative Direction: Shannon Stokes

Hair: Yusef at Factory Downtown

Makeup: Isamaya Ffrench at Streeters using Tom Ford Beauty Makeup

Photo Assistants: Butch Hogan and David Morett

Digital Tech: Joseph Borduin

Hair Assistant: Naphia at Factory Downtown

Makeup Assistants: Angela Christodoulou and Fatimot Isadare

Nails: Maria Salandra at Vision Nation Artists

Postproduction: Justine Foord at Silhouette Studio

Stylist Team: The Fashion Mansion Group, Lade, Karissa Mitchell, Kali Mackay, Jade Mayo, Devon Milan, Neha Shaki, Brittany Hall Extras: Duckie Thot, Mallory Merk, Poster Boy

Location: Alphabet City Deli & Grill, 54 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009


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