Rihanna on the cover of Vogue for the 3rd time: stunning or budget?


Rihanna has scored her third cover of Vogue. She covers the March issue (she previously did so in November 2012 and March of 2011). I usually admire RiRi’s ability to dress up or down and look fierce no matter what, but I have to say that this cover seems more suitable for Glamour than for Vogue. It’s a suprisingly budget shoot for Vogue and seems especially out of place for the US edition.

Oh well. I can complain all day about this shoot looking downmarket (compared to Rihanna’s other cover shoots), but anybody on any Vogue cover is always better than a Kardashian on Vogue. Who knows — maybe Anna Wintour is telling us something with this atypical editorial. Rihanna herself looks good. She can always rock the short hair, and she’s so pretty. The clothes are another matter. Everything looks so cheap, and there’s a fringey Calvin Klein dress that is particularly hideous.

TMZ has an update on Rihanna’s finances. Remember all of those 2009 rumors that she was broke? Rihanna made some bad real estate decisions, and she spent money like crazy. She did deny at the time that there was any trouble, but TMZ says Rihanna is now blaming her sketchy accountant for making her “effectively bankrupt.” Four years later, she’s recovered thanks to yearly album releases and a nearly non-stop tour schedule. Rihanna’s now worth $43 million dollars! Yet she still manages to look cheap in this issue of Vogue.



Photos courtesy of Vogue

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

60 Responses to “Rihanna on the cover of Vogue for the 3rd time: stunning or budget?”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. bns says:

    Bad cover, but the rest is stunning. Very Denise Huxtable.

    I love her tomboy style.

  2. V4real says:

    TMZ isn’t the only one saying it. This story of her filing for bankruptcy ran on Entertainment Tonight. Damn weed and Molly has gotten expensive.
    How can someone that was tapped at being worth 80 mil be broke. I hope she getsts it together. She’s such a beautiful and talented young lady.

    And look people, she has clothes on.

    • ORLY says:

      She’s not currently broke, the financial trouble was in 2009.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      “How can someone that was tapped at being worth 80 mil be broke.”

      A lot of times when people make huge money the way celebs do, they forget that they will eventually have to pay taxes on it. They see $10M come in and think, “I can buy a $10M house tomorrow!” Sometimes it can be hard to impress upon people the difference between $30M and $100M. With numbers that big, people just think “I’m rich” and forget that there are still limits. It can be hard to be aware of spending, and some think once they get to a certain finanical level that they no longer have to be aware.

  3. Kiddo says:

    The last photo is the best. But this was quite a feat, overall. The stylists, photographer and editor managed to take a gorgeous woman with style and grace, and make her look average and bland, rather than enhancing what Rhi has going on. I say stunningly budget. She deserves better.

  4. elo says:

    She looks tired, maybe from partying, more likely from touring.

  5. Lark says:

    Rihanna is gorgeous and can pull off high fashion, so it’s ridiculous that this looks like an old cover of Nylon Magazine. I read somewhere else that she’s worth 90 million, which sounds more accurate considering royalties. Accruing that much money since 2009 (she was supposedly “reduced” to 2 million) is freaking impressive. Anyway, I have to admire her hustle.

  6. Just me says:

    For me Rihanna = trash, budget and here we go again, she looks cheap. I think she has the impression she’s sexy but no darling you look trashy, vulgar and it’s sad because I think she has a lovely face and a good body

  7. Hannah says:

    It doesn’t look very Vogue but I like it! For one, there’s a woman of colour on the cover of Vogue. Secondly, she doesn’t look too photoshopped. Although the white hair is a bit disturbing…

  8. Kali says:

    She’s so pretty but this shoot doesn’t do anything for her. The photoshopping on the cover is particularly egregious, they’ve done something really weird with her cheekbones/mouth/teeth.

  9. Neffie says:

    She is channeling Lisa Bonet here.

  10. Tania says:

    Hate the cover. She is a beautiful woman and could have done something extremely high fashion. This cover is budget and disappointing.

  11. bowers says:

    Whatever a person feels about her, she is gorgeous. She takes best photos ever. I’ve never listened to her, don’t plan to, but she looks good.

  12. Mingy says:

    nope. that cover is horrible.

  13. Janet says:

    Anna Wintour has singlehandedly managed to destroy a once-great magazine.

  14. Nev says:

    great cover!!!

    so fashuuuuun at least!

  15. Jayna says:

    Rihanna is one of my favorite cover girls for magazines and/or photo layouts inside because she always looks amazing, but this is just there, nothing special.

  16. Feebee says:

    If I didn’t know the magazine I’d never guess that cover was for Vogue. Very budget. Her makeup looks barely above what they apply for the going makeup free look.

  17. smee says:

    Well, they are the ones with the magazine, so if she looks “budget” then it’s on them, no?

    She is a beautiful woman, but in these photos it’s hard to tell. Ugly clothes, weird wigs, no make-up……..

  18. CaribbeanLaura says:

    I actually kinda like the cover. I doesn’t seem vouge-y to me, but something hipper and edgier. I like the cover tho>

  19. QQ says:

    LOVE! All of it… One thing I always give RhiRhi besides being like insanely prolific and Into catchy tunes for someone that doesnt write or dance or sings all that well (no but the voice lessons ARE paying off!), The Bitch Can Take A Picture, for sure

  20. janie says:

    I hope this bizarre photo shoot isn’t a subtle & preemptive strike of things to come…. Namely Kim Ktrash on the cover of Vogue? It’s going to happen one way or another.

    • Dawn says:

      If you are right and Kimmode ends up on the cover of Vogue I hope it is the lowest selling issue of Vogue of all time. Whatever Kanye West has on Anna Wintours I don’t know but I do know that if Kimmode ends up on the cover Vogue to me will be just a thicker more expensive People. Yuk.

  21. Kemper says:

    I am just happy that Kimaye is somewhere really pissed.

  22. dread pirate cuervo says:

    Acid washed jeans on the cover of Vogue? For shame, Anna Wintour! The spaghetti strap dress would’ve been a better cover shot.

  23. Dawn says:

    Am I the only one that thinks that she looks very rough and haggard on the cover? Too many drinks and drugs will do that to one. She is still under thirty right? It seems her life choices will come back to haunt her if she doesn’t clean it up some. I am not impressed actually with any of the spread.

  24. CTgirl says:

    And she continues her slide from budget to bargain basement.

  25. AlmondJoy says:

    Rih always looks stunning.

    I was looking for CB to report about the relationship she had with one of her fans that was killed by his father… she offered to pay for the funeral and all expenses included. I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of Rihanna and I’ve trashed her in the past, but I notice that we always read about the crappy decisions she makes. When she does something kind, very few blog sites feature her actions.

  26. Val says:

    US Vogue covers always look budget to me, especially when you see the British, Italian or Paris Vogue… But I love Rihanna so I’m fine with this one

  27. kellyinseattle says:

    I’d like to her smile, just once…

  28. judyjudy says:

    She’s so vulgar and I just don’t see the stunning beauty everyone else sees.

  29. ashley says:

    She’s stunning!!! People can talk all they want about rih,she gives zero phucks and i love her for it. Can’t wait for her eighth album. Love this cover,i’ll pick up my copy.

  30. emma says:

    Rihanna always looks beautiful!

    And that white hair one reminds me of Lola Heatherton from SCTV!