The girl’s on the cover of both Vogue USA and Vogue UK’s April cover, which is weird because rumor has it Anna Wintour doesn’t want to be the second Vogue cover, especially if it’s the same month! But Wintour loves Rihanna and probably is down to give Riri the buzz she needs surrounding ANTI, which…I guess some people like but I think is meh. And she doesn’t really get into the album, but moreso talks about buzz sounding…other things. Here are here are some highlights:
Preparing for her tour: “I am probably going to have like four days of tour rehearsal in total, which is Freaking. Me. Out. My schedule is so crazy right now.”
Her schedule is why she’s single: “It’s definitely going to be a challenge when I do decide to pursue a relationship…but I have hope!”
After her 2013 tour, she took a break: “I wanted a year to just do whatever I want artistically, creatively. I lasted a week.” The paparazzi got a picture of her going into the studio, “and my fans were like, ‘Oh yes! We’s droppin’ a single.’” From that moment, she says, the Navy was expecting an album. It would be another two years.
Reinventing the pop-music wheel: “I just gravitated toward the songs that were honest to where I am now… It might not be some automatic record that will be Top 40. But I felt like I earned the right to do that now.”
Whether she has a beef with Beyonce or “Formation”: “Here’s the deal. They just get so excited to feast on something that’s negative. Something that’s competitive. Something that’s, you know, a rivalry. And that’s just not what I wake up to. Because I can only do me. And nobody else is going to be able to do that.”
Going sheer to the CFDAs in 2014: “I just liked it better without the lines underneath. Could you imagine the CFDA dress with a bra? I would slice my throat. I already wanted to, for wearing a thong that wasn’t bedazzled. That’s the only regret I have in my life.” Wearing a thong that wasn’t bedazzled is your greatest regret in life? “To the CFDA Awards. Yes.”
Becoming the first black woman to represent Dior: “I was already proud to be a Dior woman, but to be a black Dior woman and the first: It did something else for me.”
Unisex clothes & feminism: “I always wanted to do what my brothers were doing. I always wanted to play the games they played and play rough and wear pants and go outside. Women feel empowered when they can do the things that are supposed to be only for men, you know? It breaks boundaries, it’s liberating, and it’s empowering when you feel like, Well, I can do that, too.”
The interview is split up between cities and weeks in LA and NYC, which is kind of interesting, and the interviewer notes that Riri was “sipping Pinot Grigio from Dixie cups” which is amazing.
What do YOU think of her take on Formation, though?! Do you think this beef is REAL?!