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  /  09.11.2021

Billionaire bad gyal Rihanna graces the cover of Dazed magazine’s 30th anniversary autumn 2021 issue. The British publication revealed two covers Friday (Sept. 10) and unleashed several coinciding images of Rih rocking strictly high fashion garbs. There’s even a pic of her dressed in a canvas and cotton joint dress, custom made by Jawara Alleyne and Raw Materials.

The cover photo, featuring Rih’s Burberry look, was shot by Rafael Pavarotti and styled by Dazed’s Editor-in-Chief Ib Kamara. Inside the mag, Dazed’s Editor-at-Large/Rihanna stan/Navy member Durga Chew-Bose discusses why the Bajan pop star is the woman we are all willing to wait for.

“To anticipate Rihanna is to experience a lucky break: the unorthodoxy of a pop star who decelerates, observes, and sizes up while still outdistancing everyone in her orbit. The Fenty universe is vast, even speculative (and worth over a billion, it’s been recently reported). The manner in which Rihanna recuses herself from forced cycles of production without withdrawing totally is strategic, sure, but also part of her appeal,” Chew-Bose wrote. “The sense of ease that, like a halo, diadems all of her movements, announcements, awards, covers, deals – it brings joy. She’ll design a perfume with notes of rose and tangerine and house it in a rich, amber bottle, but nobody will bother to talk about rose and tangerine. Her smell. Her tang. That’s the premise.”

“There are those who cite heaven when characterising Rihanna’s smell. Others, well, they are left speechless, blushing. Proximity to her has become an industry in and of itself. She is the ecstatic – the one who gets us all started,” she continued. “The artist and entrepreneur with a swerving, shimmering vision that flies high and swoops down, landing with the studied, soft power of a Yankees cap dipped low and, among other things, a deeply approachable grin. The cameras might chase, but Rihanna is never in a hurry. Her step is paced, leisurely and cool. We are the beneficiaries of what she makes known; these are the terms. Some of us, myself included, find this fun.”

Rihanna shared the cover in an Instagram post Friday (Sept. 10). “Autumn 2021 #reinventingthefuture issue of Dazed,” she wrote. In 2017, Queen Rih appeared on four stylish covers for Dazed magazine’s winter issue.

Check out her autumn 2021 Dazed cover below:


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