I absolutely adore this cover and inside editorial of Rihanna for Interview Magazine’s December/January 2010.11 issue, photographed by Mikael Jansson and interviewed by Kanye West, it’s brilliant and perfect cover style now that Rihanna is starting to ‘soften’ her image.Â She acknowledges on one of the pages about the misconception that people think she’s only tough and aggressive but she does have a softer side which we are seeing here.Â We see Rihanna wearing Lanvin, Valentino, Miu Miu and Chanel\’s Spring 2011 feathered dress.
Extract of some questions from the interview by Kayne, some really dumb questions, what planet is he on? (Via)
Kanye: How does it feel to know that you could have any man in the world? Or woman? How does it feel to know that you can turn straight women gay?
Rihanna: Is that a real question?
Rihanna: Well & Thank you. I don\’t know how to feel about that. I guess that\’s flattering.
Kanye: So what inspired you to have that pink tank on your last tour? That was amazing, when you were sitting on top of the army tank.
Rihanna: I love to combine femininity with a kind of extreme masculine egde, and I felt like the tank is just not a typical thing that you think of when you think of a girl â€” or in any kind of relation to a girl. Then we made it hot pink. We just added that touch.
Kanye: I mean, people really need to see a photograph â€” the entire tank was pink. That was a great piece of commercial pop art. Was the idea of that to kind of portray an American Dream â€” like the fantasy of a this hot black girl sitting on a top of a pink tank?
Rihanna: I never actually thought of it like that.
Kanye: How did you get signed?
Rihanna: Well, I met Evan [Rogers] and Carl [Sturken], these two producers who live here in New York. They are both married to Barbadian women, so they go there to vacation all the time. My friend introduced me to them, and I sang for them, and we talked, and they had me and my mom come back a couple of days later. After that, we started traveling to New York, working on a demo. Within a year, it was done, and we sent it out. Def Jam was the first label to call back. We got other calls, but they were the most enthusiastic. It was so nerve-wracking, though, the whole experience.
Rihanna: I mean, I was 16. From Barbados. Like, you would never & the chances of ever meeting somebody famous or ever being signed â€” that was just a deadly combination. Like, I had to meet Jay-Z and audition for him at the same time.
Kanye: Do you know any famous people now?
The interview isn’t up on their website as yet so I can’t give you a sneak peek at what’s inside, but as soon as I can I will.
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