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PAPER MAGAZINE – 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.

Click through to see Badgal behind the counter and pick up a copy of our new issue when it hits stands March 6th.

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RIHANNA TAKES FLIGHT – The pop star channels Amelia Earhart in looks that are utilitarian, modern, and sexy. In an essay for Bazaar first published in 1929, Amelia Earhart explains how to fly fashionably.

“There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer. Amelia Earhart was such a dynamic force in her industry, setting multiple aviation records in her time. So it was a no-brainer for me to team up with Harper’s Bazaar in honor of a woman who held her own with the big boys.” — Rihanna

What does the woman aviator wear? This question is asked me as often as any other connected with aviation. Ten years ago I could have described a flying costume. It would have consisted of helmet, goggles, leather jacket, breeches, and some sort of high boots. There were no traditions but those of wartime flying to follow, and both men and women adopted or modified it to suit commercial needs. Also, flying fields were usually dirty, planes were crude, and there were no refinements in facilities, such as passenger waiting-rooms, and so forth.

Altogether, the clothing had to be rather rough. Since the war, flying has under gone the same sort of changes that automobiling did previously. Do you remember the dashing linen dusters and gauntlets and veils of 1908? They constituted an “automobiling costume,” and of course one couldn’t tour without the proper accessories. At the present time, with the development of luxurious passenger planes,?…there isn’t the necessity for special dress. One wears ordinary street clothes. Why not? There are comfortable upholstered seats, one can move about at will, read, or write, or sleep. On one line a buffet luncheon is served at no extra charge.

Unlike railroad or automobile travel, one has a clean face at the journey’s end…?. Even the pilots wear street clothes, usually…From observation it appears that one of the most popular outfits for summer flying is knickers and a sweater. These pilots look more as if they belonged on the fairway than on the runway. When I am flying in my little plane, I usually wear a sports costume with a rather full skirt and a close-fitting hat. Sometimes I slip a leather windbreaker on under my coat, for the temperature drops as one ascends. Most cabin planes are heated, by the way, so even this precaution isn’t necessary in them.

Usually, on a solo flight, I wear low-heeled shoes, because with low heels it is easier to keep my feet braced on the rudder bar… On the Friendship flight I couldn’t follow the rule of wearing sports clothes. The trip was a pioneering one, and comforts were not thought of. Clothes suitable for “roughing it” had to be taken. For instance, there was no step from the pontoons to the door, and I couldn’t have jumped into the plane in a skirt.

Further,…we had dumped everything to sit on, to save weight. Squatting on a rolled flying suit, or kneeling on one knee, or sliding between the large gas tanks wouldn’t have left much of a ladylike ensemble…On my transcontinental flight, recently, I had to battle against a severe sunburn…I kept a tube of cold cream in the cockpit, and when I was not otherwise engaged I tried to keep some on my face as a protection. I flew the same plane that Lady Heath, the famous English woman flier, used on her trip from London to Cape Town and back. I remember her telling me one of the absurdities of her journey was pulling out a powder puff and powdering her nose over the South African wastes.

She always carries a mirror and powder puff with her. I hope some time that flying fields will have cold cream and powder service for women fliers. Getting gasoline and oil and mechanical help only, I am sure will not be adequate in time. Seriously, women can make a great contribution to aviation by demanding comfort. Without patting ourselves on the back, I think we are responsible for the development of the gasoline service stations which adorn automobile roads today.

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR, available on newsstands February 21.


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Go behind the scenes with Rihanna on the set of CR 9.

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Rihanna has covered CR Fashion Book’s ninth issue, which is available on newsstands globally. Order your copy right here, and check out the photo shoot in HQ in our gallery.

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For W’s September 2016 cover, Rihanna is imagined by Edward Enninful, Steven Klein and a slew of designers, as pop’s Furiosa, the last woman on earth and the ruling warrior queen in a dark, dystopian future.

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We decided to share a few UHQ photoshoots and outtakes to celebrate the launch of our new look. To start with, here is Rihanna’s spread for W Korea’s 10th Anniversary cover. Enjoy! More to come…

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UPDATE – Check out an outtake from the 2015 T Magazine Greats Issue, where we also added an untagged cover.

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UPDATE – Visit our gallery for yet another stunning photoshoot in UHQ – Rihanna’s 2014 Elle December spread. Enjoy!

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rihanna-vogueWhen you’re booked as a hairstylist for British Vogue’s April cover shoot and the subject is Rihanna, you know your day won’t be a boring one. If there’s anyone prepared to experiment with their look it’s Rihanna, which is why her regular collaborator Yusef Williams – who has worked with her on her Balmain, Dior and Puma campaigns and is currently on the Anti tour – was the only man for the job.

“We do enjoy mixing things up. I find that photoshoots are the place where we can go against the grain, whether it be classic or over the top,” Williams told us. “It is an amazing experiencing working with Rihanna – she is someone that keeps me on my toes creatively. As a hairstylist it’s very important not to be complacent in your artistry and Rihanna is someone that brings out the best in you even when you think you have achieved your maximum potential.”

With heavily-embellished clothing and a new Manolo Blahnik shoe collaboration to show off, the shoot called for hair strong enough to complement the fashion without distracting from it – think full, swept-back waves with plenty of volume.

“The brief from Craig McDean and Kate Phelan was to make her beautiful, which was not hard to do. There was no need to play around with several styles because Kate knew she wanted to go with more of a cowgirl-inspired look,” he explained. “Craig and I have past history working together so he was aware of my style and technique. With that, the overall goal was to give her a polished and beautiful look.”

Williams dried the hair with a round brush and pin-curled it immediately afterwards to create volume, adding dry shampoo and hairspray to keep the style in place. Finishing spray added shine, whilst one important final touch gave the cover image its style talking point.

“It was Kate & Rihanna’s idea to use the Piers Atkinson cowboy hat on the cover – I thought it was amazing.”

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