Rihanna says she “prayed to God to tour like Madonna”


Rihanna is the cover girl for the July issue of Elle Magazine (America). The cover is… okay. Disproportionate, right? I realize her body is kind of twisted, but I don’t think her head-to-ratio is supposed to look so skewed, so Mr. Potatohead. Plus, these photos were taken before Rihanna’s ill-advised new hairstyle, the half-shaved red-dye job. Other than the cover, though, the rest of the photo shoot is lovely. Thus far, Elle has only released some interview excerpts, not the whole interview. Here you go:

On the album art for Rated R: “I wanted pictures that represented strength and fearlessness but still femininity—a strong woman who can be vulnerable. Every woman is made up of vulnerability and strength; no matter what race you are, no matter what you’ve been through in your life. Every woman has that strength that is undeniable, but we also have really big hearts. It’s just us.”

On her new beau: “I have a boyfriend. I’m so happy. I feel really comfortable, and it’s so easy. I have such a chaotic life, but at the end of the day, that is just my peace. It keeps me sane, really, talking to him and talking to my family.”

On turning her dream of popstardom into reality: “If I were in Barbados still, I would be dreaming about this. I asked for it, and I love it, so why am I complaining? My first day on tour, I remember saying ‘I’m so tired—this is so much.’ Then I thought, What the f-ck? You asked for this—you prayed to God to tour like Madonna.”

On designers she admires: “It’s clear there are definitely fewer black women in the high-fashion industry. One of the things I respected most about Gucci was that they did a print campaign with me. I’m a black girl on a fashion spread for Gucci—that was a big deal. I respect designers who aren’t afraid to go outside the box. I went to a Jean Paul Gaultier show, and I saw girls who are thicker than me, beautiful and voluptuous and different ethnicities. That made me so excited. I thought, Okay, I can work that, for sure.”

On the past year: “A year ago, I was very confused. Because he was my best friend. All of a sudden, one night changed our whole lives—not only our friendship, but our lives. I wanted to wake up one day and just not have that pain anymore. I wanted to be with him again or get over him—it was either-or. I just didn’t want to feel the pain, the confusion.”

[From Elle]

I actually love what Rihanna says about fashion, and wanting to work with fashion designers or houses who embrace diversity, not only racial diversity, but body diversity. And those designers seems fewer and far between, so I’m glad Rihanna is keeping track. As far as her comments about Chris Brown – whose name she didn’t even say in this quote – I think that after a year of working through everything, she gets it, you know? She gets what a big deal it was, how life-changing it was, and how that one night changed the course of her life. What’s scary is that I still don’t think Chris Brown has come to that realization.



Elle photos courtesy of Elle’s photo gallery.

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  1. a says:

    now why couldn’t she have left her hair like that?

  2. bite me says:

    very, very pretty girl

  3. ogechi says:

    I know the pains Rihanna went through. A closet friend of mine is there but she doesn’t want to leave bcos d guy keeps on threatening her. I’ve tried to help

  4. krissy_kitty says:

    Chris Brown will NEVER come to the same realization as Rihanna because in his eyes it is HER fault… everything is her fault from the assault to the backlash that he has continued to experience, and rightfully so. I only see CB getting angrier and more dangerous until he can Man Up and get help.

  5. jover says:

    Please is there a shortage of real fashion models that we must see overexposed non-talent RiRi. She is a studio created act largely by Island Def Jam She has the voice of a whiny 10 yr old her music like most pop today stinks (of course she doesn’t write her own stuff); compare her crap to real 70s style soul, funk, and RB to see how bad Riri’s music is. SHe better go into fashion because without the constant pr and marketing her “music” career would be over. I also noticed on the cover a story about women and music and Kesha was cited – the world really is coming to an end when Kesha is equated with music. Must the organs of pop culture like the fashion mags stoop this low or are ppl being paid off to promote these overrated no talents.

  6. Honey Bee says:

    I hate her new hairdo..

  7. Jeri says:

    I think she’s beautiful but she’s messing with her hair too much. Being trendy & easy to fix aren’t always the answer.

    Love her attitude.

    Pity Chris Brown’s initials are CB. Bummer.

  8. Kimberly says:

    She’s always looked like a tranny since she started sporting short hair. Ugly girl with a good voice.

    Been to a concert with her performing. She sucks live. Very disappointing. No spark at all, like she was on pills or something.

    So if she’s trying to tour like Madonna she should start with actually giving a shit about her performance.

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