Rihanna on self-love, time travelling and secret beauty weapons

Winter might be coming, but we’ve got some ridiculously good news to see you through the last dregs of summer: pop megastar Rihanna is ELLE’s October cover star. Well, she’s not ‘just’ a pop megastar is she? In the ten years since her first single, ‘Pon de Replay’, dropped into the world, Robyn Rihanna Fenty has gone on to record eight bestselling albums, design clothes for Armani and River Island, made her big-screen debut in Battleship, was the first-ever black face of Dior and is the current creative director of Puma.

So, yeah, megastar doesn’t even begin to cover it. 

New @elleusa cover. Featuring @fentybeauty Match Stix in shade #UNICORN

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In celebration of Rihanna’s sixth cover (and the global launch of Fenty Beauty by Rihanna), ELLE turned the tables and invited some of her famous friends and fans – Tyra Banks, Eminem, April Bloomfield, Zac Posen, Pharrell Williams and more – to share the questions they were dying to ask the global megastar:

Of course, she was her usual DGAF self.

David Copperfield, Magician: I’m not kidding, this is a real offer: I can make you disappear and reappear anywhere in the world. Where do you want to go, and why?

Rihanna: Ten minutes before I lost my virginity…and I’m holding you to that offer. LOL.

Laverne Cox, Actress: You’ve had so many iconic fashion moments and take so many risks. The iconic CFDA Awards Adam Selman dress in 2014—what gave you the courage to take that risk that was so perfect and elegant yet daring?

Rihanna: Dear Laverne, I took advantage of my titties before they go south. I saw my window, and I took it.

@elleusa cover #3 Featuring @fentybeauty

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Plus, she offers her insight on beauty as the brain behind her new makeup line:

ELLE: When did you first wear lipstick?

Rihanna: Lipstick always got me in trouble.Whether it was at home as a kid, or my early teenage years in my career, I always had the urge to wear it. So I broke all those rules. Now lipstick is like my lil secret weapon! 

ELLE: What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done/tried for beauty? Would you do it again?

Rihanna: A corset! I’d do it again, though. I’d wear it every day if I could make it out alive!

For more of Rihanna’s answers to questions from Pharrell, Charli XCX, Eminem, among others – pick up ELLE’s October issue, on newsstands September 19.


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