Rihanna simply does things her way, and it’s up to the rest of us to follow along. That bold nature was fully on display for her Fader 100 cover shoot and feature, in where she clearly called her own number by hiring a photographer to shoot her spread.
The Barbadian songstress will be featured on Fader‘s 100th issue along with issues featuring Canadian superstar, Drake. Although Drizzy opened up to the magazine in a candid interview, Rihanna did no such thing. Instead, writer Mary H.K. Choi examines the rise of Rih-Rih from a superfan’s perspective and projects upon us what it would be like to hang out with the 27-year-old media magnet among other things.
For all this time, anxious fans have been able to feel a sense of access to her, through Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter. Rolling that blunt on the Coachella security guard’s head, playing dress-up with baby Majesty, she feels like she belongs to us. They say that certain politicians win by dint of how badly you want to have a beer with them. No one doesn’t want to hang out with Rihanna. You suspect that you could even be yourself around her. Have fun. She certainly looks like she’s having a blast. On the one hand, it’s hard not to want for her, at 27, to have a break from the rigors of the Q4 album rollout, to cheer her on for pausing and taking some time. On the other, you can’t help but wonder if she’s sometimes felt just plainly over music.
If this were a normal story, I’d tell you what she ordered if we’d gone to Giorgio Baldis, her favorite L.A. restaurant, even though she pretty much always gets the same thing (fried calamari and pasta with tomato sauce). I’d tell you if she smelled like Reb’l Fleur, her old fragrance, or, if she’s wearing RiRi, and what that smells like. The story wouldn’t be so much about what she said in response to my questions—Rihanna is media-trained—it would be about registering any silences. Or flickers of eyelid. Or churlishness. Or evasiveness. It would be reading tea leaves. It makes you wonder why any savvy celebrity would ever agree to an interview, and understand why in this case Rihanna did not.
Read the rest of Choi’s profile here.
Check out the following pages to see Rihanna’s self-shot photo shoot with photographer Renata Raksha.