We are so here for platinum Rih!
Rihanna’s stylish taste in fashion has landed her on the cover of Vogue Magazine for the third time in four years. Fashion designers such as Peter Dundas says Rih is an amplified version of what most girls want to look like and she’s always a step ahead of the game. And while his statement stands true Rih tells Vogue, “I’d never want to dress anyone exactly like me. I just want you to be you with some Rihanna inspiration. Girl! You need to be sassified!!!”
Inside, Rih spills the tea on her personal style and how she manages to stay so trendy.
Read the interview below and check out the photos from her dope a– photoshoot.
On changing her hairstyles as often as she does:
It’s not my hair, but the girl who donated it, she’s the bomb. “Black girls never let anyone see this,” she adds, pulling apart the locks at the back of her head to show me the intricate workings of the false hair, which is woven into a net attached to her own. I have two main hair people I work with. They’re always with me. I’m like, ‘I’m bored! I wanna change my hair!’ That’s the good thing about a weave. You can do whatever with it.
On being a tomboy as a child:
When I was thirteen or fourteen, I didn’t want to wear what my mom wanted me to wear. I was very much a boy in my style, my demeanor. All my friends were guys. I loved things that boys did. I loved being easy with my clothes. I loved wearing hats and scarves and snapbacks on my head. It was my way of rebelling. I wanted to dress like my brother. After a while, it was just easier for Mom to dress us both the same. We wore the same jeans, the same T-shirts. I don’t go out of my way to be a rebel or to have that perception, but a lot of the decisions I make, a lot of the direction I want to move, is against the grain, or against society’s tight lane, and I’m aware of that sometimes. It might not be fitting with the norm, but that’s OK for me.
On wanting to wear men’s clothing:
You will never be stylish if you don’t take risks. If you go into a men’s shop and try something, they would look at you like, that’s a bad bitch. More than anything, I like a jacket. You can do anything with a great jacket, the bigger the better. You can have any silhouette underneath. It gives you an attitude. It makes a gown look cool. I love baggy things. I wear men’s clothes, men’s shoes, oxfords, creepers.
This is what a guy wants. When it feels like it’s yours and it feels like it’s you, that’s what works. You want to look like you are not just someone in cool clothes. . . . You could wear this on a date.
On wearing high heels:
It’s not about pain. It’s about the commitment. I say to myself, ‘I want to look like this,’ and worry about the pain later. I’ve had nights I had to tiptoe home and the balls of my feet wouldn’t even allow me to stand.
On if she wears underwear:
If I’m wearing a top, I don’t wear a bra. If I’m wearing a bra, I just wear a bra.
On not wanting to be famous:
I did sing a lot as a child. A lot. I practiced hard to maneuver my voice. I love singing. I love it, and it doesn’t feel like a chore. It’s an expression. I never wanted to be famous. I just wanted my music to be heard all over the world. Then it happened and the fame came with it. I can’t ever imagine feeling used to it.
On her move from L.A. to NY and wanting to live normal:
“I’ve downsized. I want a smaller closet. I want simpler. I want to just take it back to what’s important.” She likes to be able to walk Manhattan’s streets, although one time when she was walking home from a nightclub she realized she was being followed by a cop. He couldn’t believe she just wanted to walk. (She’d sent her car and security guard on ahead.) “When I’m on tour, if I walk out of the hotel to go to Starbucks, it’s like, thousands of fans are walking there with me. It’s a lot. And that’s why I don’t do much on tour. I just hide out in my hotel.”