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Rihanna Lights Up The Cover Of Elle, Talks Fashion & Her Boyfriend

Rihanna got sparkly for the cover of ELLE mag's July 2010 issue.  And inside the issue, she's donning her fave designers from Lanvin to Cartier to Cavalli to Phillip Lim. 

 

She's also talking about why certain designers peak her interest, and how her boyfriend Matt Kemp keeps her "sane".  Interview snippets, more pics from her spread, and behind the scenes footage when you read on...

Hot pics.

Here's some snippets from her interview where she talked fashion designers, being a pop star, and coming home to her boyfriend:

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 fuck? 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.”

Interesting.

 

And some behind the scenes footage of the shoot:

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Anything she puts on is CUTE

Anything she puts on is CUTE !
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Rihanna is it. She's the

Rihanna is it. She's the total hotness of this moment. Absolutely iconic for this era. Why are people STILL asking questions about Chris Brown? That ish is O-V-E-R. They have answered all questions that any of us may possibly have about the situation. Enough already.
Ms. Know-It-All's picture

Rhianna is hottt!! #thatisall

Rhianna is hottt!! #thatisall even if u hate her u cant deny the girl is gorgeous with amazing swag and confidence !!!
bebrazil's picture

Um, am I the only one who

Um, am I the only one who thinks that piece of hair was strategically placed to hide her "BLACK NOSE"! Don't let Elle fool ya'll with this foolery. In ALL these pics it looks like her nose was contoured and photoshoped to appear with as staight a nasal bridge as possible. Except for the cover of course, where they slapped a piece of hair right down the middle of that bell peper. As pretty as Rihanna is chick still has a black nose, and balck lips. White people know it. Racism still alive.
Sophie's picture

I absolutely respect your

I absolutely respect your opinion, but I honestly think this comment is ridiculous. Rihanna is BLACK. Anyone who looks on this cover can see that. Furthermore, she talks about her preference of designers who include Blacks in their shows and her in their spread. She owns her heritage in the interview. If Elle were trying to "hide" anything, wouldn't they edit that out of the interview? Racism will probably never totally fade out, but making EVERYTHING a racial issue is definitely PLAYED out.
Ms. Know-It-All's picture

Why are you surprise? This

Why are you surprise? This happens all the time. Mainstream magazines do not recognize negroid features. I'm happy that Rihanna didn't alter her nose or lips to fit their stanards of beauty. Kudos to her for that.
Nappy Hair Tar Baby aka Coal Black African 's picture

she looks beautiful as usual

she looks beautiful as usual . but the thing ilove abt her is shes so real !
Anonymous's picture

Positive role model for

Positive role model for abused victims. Drop the loser, pick up a winner and show out.
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Anonymous's picture

Great pictures, she could

Great pictures, she could actually be a great model over being a singer. She is so pretty, and if you compare her pictures to Bria Murphy's - you can tell how certain women are photogenic and could be or not be a great print model. Bria's pictures had no life to them, where as Rhi's pictures come off the page! Great photo's Rhi!
JR Jade's picture

I can't wait for Rihanna to

I can't wait for Rihanna to do magazine covers with her new red hair color. I know those pics will be fierce!
Nappy Hair Tar Baby aka Coal Black African 's picture

I wish the best for Rihanna

I wish the best for Rihanna and Matt. Only time will tell how that relationship will be. I really hope that he's not a Fist Brown!
Nappy Hair Tar Baby aka Coal Black African 's picture

Queen Ri is on point with

Queen Ri is on point with these photos. Simply gorgeous!
Nappy Hair Tar Baby aka Coal Black African 's picture

And one last comment, I wish

And one last comment, I wish that she would have kept this hairstyle, instead of going to that red one that she has now. This one looks great!
Keesha's picture

I love this chick! She doesnt

I love this chick! She doesnt beat around the bush when she's giving interviews. I love that. I'm not a huge fan of her singing but she seems pretty cool. Loves the fact that she calls out those that actually utilize Black women in their shows. Some artists are so afraid that they'll upset others that they become a puppet. Go Rihanna!
musicfan38's picture

I agree with your post. I

I agree with your post. I also am not a huge fan of her singing, but she does seem like a nice and honest person. I love the pictures of her. She's great as a model!
Keesha's picture

It's nice to see that there

It's nice to see that there is a black female entertainer that still has a black nose. All the pics except the cover are gorgeous she may not be able to sing to save her life but she sure can take some pretty pictures.
Chetachi's picture

I am not a fan of her persona

I am not a fan of her persona lately. And I am not a supporter of her since the GGGB era, dont like the way she handled herself after the CB incident, and who knows maybe there is more to come with Matt Kemp but I must say: This sounds like a great issue. The cover itself is stunning! The photographs are breath taking! She is beautiful in them and I believe Miss Fenty has arrived! He sophistication has come a long way from sleezyness...she should stay a little more classy! Fine interview. I will be buying this issue!
Anonymous's picture

She looks beautiful in these

She looks beautiful in these pictures & the interview itself seems well thought out & interesting. I like her answer about Chris- it was honest and telling. and on that 'i asked for this' fame thing- she's right! She can't complain when she is realizing her dream.
Tea Spilla's picture

UGLY ASS MONSTER!!!! PLEASE

UGLY ASS MONSTER!!!! PLEASE FADE INTO OBSCURITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FURIOUS STYLES's picture

SHE LOOKS LIKE A SIZE 0

SHE LOOKS LIKE A SIZE 0 BOBBLE-HEAD!!!!!!!!! ALL SHE HAS GOING FOR HER IS JUST HAIRSTYLES BY: URSULA STEPHENS & A STYLIST SHE PASY OVER $100,000 FOR AN EVENT PLUS CELEBRITY STATUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RIHANNA STANS SHE IS NOT A SINGER I THINK MANY OF YOU GUYS KNOW THAT ALL READY!!!!!!!!!!
CariBee's picture

Listen Rihanna is so ova and

Listen Rihanna is so ova and pass ni**as dont u realise that she does not respond to ghetto rats negativuty and she hangs out with Alisters and white people. Dont u realise that she is on ELLE do u even get it, how many black celebs who can supposedly sing that has been around for ever and cant will never be on ELLE. Rihana has all these veterans going mad. Kelly Rowland, Letoya Luckett < Ciara, Solange they all trying to do edgey and it aint working for them. So u can stop cause while u hating she keeps rising
Anonymous's picture

and ur claim to fame is

and ur claim to fame is talking shit about her which makes her famous and u a nobody. When have a grammy sitting on ur dresser then u cant talk until then stfu.
Anonymous's picture

These pictures are

These pictures are fabulous. www.shesmyhusband.wordpress.com
KimRob's picture

That last pic of Robyn is

That last pic of Robyn is outstanding!!! This bitch is badass for sure!!
Aww! 's picture

I wish she would dress like

I wish she would dress like she's somebody's daughter just once, and let the hooker sheik thing go for 5 minutes. I'm very ashamed that she's another female performer teaching our girls to take off their clothes before they speak.
HaterHater's picture

Bitch that is ur god damn

Bitch that is ur god damn job. She aint got no kids and has no responsibity to raise ur bastards. If u were at home insated of being in the club u wouldn have to worry about waht ur children were expose to. Fucking balck people always looking to blame somebody for ur fuck ups in life.
Anonymous's picture

Rihanna fucked Camel face

Rihanna fucked Camel face Jay!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Oh my God, soooo fabulous. I

Oh my God, soooo fabulous. I love this girl.
Razzmatazz's picture

I cant hate on Rhi Rhi She

I cant hate on Rhi Rhi She brought back the "n1gga" nose. She looks cute
Kat Stacks Got Pimped Slapped's picture

SIZE ZERO

SIZE ZERO BOBBLE-HEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Y do yall bitches hate so

Y do yall bitches hate so hard on sumbody doin so much better than you only if yall cud b lik her get a life n I don't mean at walmart money n success ova hatin ass bitches
Anonymous's picture

ARE U STUPID WHO GIVES A DAMN

ARE U STUPID WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT ACCOLADES!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE CAN'T SING ARE U TONE DEAF?????????????? ALL SHE HAS GOIN FOR HER IS HAIRSTYLES BY URSULA STEPHENS & FRESH DESIGNER WEAR!!!!!! THAT'S ABOUT IT AND CELEBRITY STATUS!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE CAN'T SING LIKE ADELE NOR JHUD!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE IS A SKANK SHE WILL NEVER BE INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE! SHE FUCKED CAMEL FACE JAY-Z FOR A RECORD DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Listen here u stupid embecile

Listen here u stupid embecile some of us like choice, i like that Rihannna has a diffrent sound. I dont wanna hear another beyonce, Jhudd one of each is enough. If u dont like her good for u some of us do and guess what it is call choice. personaly I dont like Fantasia screaming and yelling I find it annoying. So what is ur point. What is good is subjective. So get over yourself and live a little.
Anonymous's picture

LMAO @ Many people "DISLIKE"

LMAO @ Many people "DISLIKE" Rihanna! That is a LIE. Rihanna's FAN BASE is HUGE. Her CD SALES are in the Multiple MILLIONS. Rihanna is the VOICE of a GENERATION. She has a re-issue about to drop with a VIDEO COLLECTION. Rihanna is also on the COVER of the TOP Magazines and has Many Multi-MEDIA Contracts. And she's about to APPEAR on GOOD MORNING AMERICA for a FREE CONCERT. SO She's Very well Supported. I think you CB STANS are UPSET that there is no new posting about his FLOPPING or being DENIED or KICKED out of someplace LMAO LMAO Rihanna is the BEST!!!!! HATERS LOVE TO SEE her Pictures and SPEW their NONSENSE! WE LOVE IT!!!!
FURIOUS STYLES's picture

SHE LOOKS LIKE A SIZE 0

SHE LOOKS LIKE A SIZE 0 BOBBLE-HEAD ON THE COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Y'ALL ARE STUPID WISH HER THE

Y'ALL ARE STUPID WISH HER THE BEST!!!!!!!! SHE IS A;READY RICH YOU AIN'T STOP WISHING HER THE BEST YOU PROBABLY WORK AT SUM PLACE THAT PAYS $10 AN HR/THE MOST!!!!!!!!!!!! GIRL PLEASE!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

MANY PEOPLE DISLIKE RIHANNA

MANY PEOPLE DISLIKE RIHANNA BECAUSE SHE IS OVERRATED!!!!!!!!!!! THERE ARE MANY SINGERS OUT THERE WHO CAN SING BUT NO ONE GIVES THEM THE TIME OF DAY!!!!! TAKE A LOOK AT CHRISETTE MICHELE, JILL SCOTT & LEDISI!!!!!!!!!! NO ONE CARES BECAUSE THEY DON'T DANCE ON STAGE HALF-NAKED SHOWING THERE PUSSY TO THE WORLD !!!!!!!!!! THEY DON'T NEED TO BECAUSE THEY CAN SING!!!!!!!! BUT MANY OF U RIHANNA STANS NO SEX SELLS!!!!!!!!! AND THAT'S THE ONLY REASON WHY SHE IS FAMOUS!!! Y'ALL KNOW THAT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

So bitch obviously they are

So bitch obviously they are doing something wrong. Like it or not Rihanna is hotttt right now that is all that matters. Get over it. U cant stop her.
Anonymous's picture

I do agree with most of your

I do agree with most of your post, although you come across as very angry. Rihanna is trying to make as much money as she can, while she can, instead of just doing what she is good at, which is modeling. These pictures are really good. Her performances and singing, not good. I just hope that she realizes that, regardless of the fact that millions of people buy her albums. She's not overrated, yet that is. Beyonce is already on the overrated train. Rihanna will be next, as far as her music career goes. No hate, it's just the truth. I wish her the best though, as I always do.
Keesha's picture

I am SO proud of Rihanna. She

I am SO proud of Rihanna. She is a strong, smart and beautiful young woman. It's good to know that her bad experience with the ex didn't discouraged her from pursuing a relationship with Matt. I wish her the best.
indc's picture

wow a bunch of hate in here.

wow a bunch of hate in here. If u dont like her why comment on her? Same with chris..if you dont like him why comment on him? This is a blog where not only singers but other celebs are mentioned for whatever reason. She did a photoshoot and natasha posted it. whats the prob? You cant admit she looks amazing and keep it moving?
Anonymous's picture

Her pics are cute but her

Her pics are cute but her head looks ENORMOUS on the cover...maybe because she looks so skinny. *shrugs shoulders*
LIFE...SMH's picture

Damn? What happened to

Damn? What happened to Jazmine Sullivan and Chrisette Michelle's music?
Mirabella Tell&#039;s the Truth's picture

Well obviuosly they are not

Well obviuosly they are not big sellers now are they, so quit whinning about how great they are and buy they cd's so u haev something credible to say. until then STFU.
Anonymous's picture

RIHANNA IS

RIHANNA IS OVERRATED!!!!!!!!!! SHE FUCKED CAMEL FACE TO GET A RECORD DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S SOOOOO OBVIOUS!!!!!!!! SHE CAN'T SING WORHT A NICKEL!!!!! ALL SHE HAS IS HER STYLIST TO THANK HER!!!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Rhianna: Alliterate Aggressor

Rhianna: Alliterate Aggressor Charmless Contrived Crepuscular Creepy Effete Feckless Instigator Indignant Indecent Kleptomaniac Manufactured Manifested Manipulative Manic depressive Man Made Noisy Prevaricator Petty Puerile Predictable Polluting Tepid Terminally-Narcissistic Toxic Tone-deaf Untalented Undisciplined Uneducated Unrealized Unkept Unclean Underwhelming ... and Unfathomable ...Other-than-that, Rihanna's a wonderful person and one-hell-of-a-role-model...!! X,Y,"and Z" -- OUT!
X,Y,&quot;and Z&quot;'s picture

Blukidd u need to learn how

Blukidd u need to learn how to spell before u throw shade. And from ur behaviour on these bloggs ur mother and grandmother are horrible role models look how u turned out.
Anonymous's picture

XYZ you are 100% NUTS. Why

XYZ you are 100% NUTS. Why are you so angry at Rihanna? If you don't like her don't come here. If she can't sing why comment? I know why you do it.... You know Rihanna is HOT and On TOP and it makes you ANGRY but you're a CB STAN and he's going down in FLAMES and you feel very frustrated. Well TOO BAD! He made his BED and now he has to LAY in it! FIST BROWN raised his FISTS to the PRINCESS and he's the one who took the FALL! LMAO
FURIOUS STYLES's picture

@Furious Styles -- ...And if

@Furious Styles -- ...And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire... The path of the Righteous Man is beset on all-sides, by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of Evil Men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly HIS BROTHER'S KEEPER, and finder of lost children. And I will strike-down, with great vengeance and furious anger, those who attempt to poison and destroy my brother, AND YOU WILL KNOW MY NAME IS THE LORD, when I lay my vengeance upon thee... X,Y,"and Z" -- OUT!!
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