Rihanna Open Up About Her Past & Present

Last week we posted the first image of Rihanna covering the July 2010 issue of Elle magazine and now we have the full feature. The singer talks about the usual- her various looks, her new man and even touches on the Chris Brown situation again.

Check the photo, excerpts and video below.

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.”


  1. She looks great in the pics as usual. But I really liked the article, it seems as if her head’s in the right place.

  2. I wish she would make up her mind. In a recent interview she said she was single, so which one is it?

  3. all hail rihanna, i did read where she said matt kemp was not her beau but then again its out in the air anyway she cant fool us for sure.. we know he is..im glad shes over cris now, i had a similar case where i wanted to be with someone and not at the same time so i can totally relate to that.what with him twetting his new chicks pics all over…giving the public and blogs something to talk about.riri is on fiyah, point blank.. and no one is stopping her. do ur thang girl, ur loved all over the world!!! i live in nigeria and all my friends absolutely love her and keep up with all her news. she would make and absolutely great model.and people talk about role models and such..shes doing exactly what the average 22 year old girl would be doing, minus the fame. i listen to her some of my fav tracks by riri at least 3 times a day at work….now go check out eminems new song ft rihanna :bowdown:

  4. lovesssssss the photoshot…really making her mark in the fashion industry as well as the pop industry..this girl is just phenomenal love her..and this is not the first time that she claimed Matt Kemp…glad to see her head is in the rite place again…glad she has a sense of peace and love again…all the best to u my beautiful back sister

  5. Beautiful. Gorgeous. GRACIOUS. Be well, Princess RihRih.


  6. Four headlines on the Brownsista homepage about Rihanna? Seriously? Is she Brownsista’s replacement for Beyonce, who use to be the BS mascot? Its a small world afterall.

  7. @Rosahottie yeah Em feat. RiRi good song, his album sounds like its going to be fiyah. She looks beautiful.

  8. She’s my favorite black female entertainer since Janet Jackson. I simply love when black female are on top and can still admits their BLACK.

  9. Cool interview. Her pose on the cover is very cliche.
    Nice though

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