In an exclusive commission, the Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin founder collaborates with the celebrated artist on reinterpreting modern-day glamour.
For ESSENCE’s January/February 2021 issue, Rihanna continues lighting our way forward. As a first the Essence brand’s 50 year history, the brand commissioned the esteemed Lorna Simpson to interpret modern-day beauty in collaboration with the global star. The result: A series of original photographic collages for the cover and 12-page portfolio entitled, “Of Earth & Sky.”
“Lorna is a legend,” said Rihanna, 32, of the artist whose lauded career spans three decades. Although teaming with Simpson was an idea conceived with her creative director, Jahleel Weaver, Rihanna was trepidatious about taking the first step. “Honestly, I just didn’t think I could get her,” Rihanna laughed. “But I like reaching for the stars and I like challenging myself.”
The January/February 2021 issue will be on newsstands and digital platforms starting January 19.