Rihanna - "Allure" January 2008
Rihanna (in Lanvin) lets her guard down in the January 2008 issue of Allure, as shot by Michael Thompson.
The Barbados babe shot the cover at New York City’s Lux Studio with Robin Thicke‘s CD, The Evolution of Robin Thicke, playing in the background.
On her so-called fling with Josh Hartnett: “I went to [the club] Pink Elephant, and he came by. All of a sudden, the next day I’m seeing that we were kissing and hugging up each other. You can’t even go out with a friend who’s a celebrity and have a good time without people making shit up…well, at least he’s good-looking, right?”
On regularly clearing up American misconceptions about Barbados: “I can’t get upset. They just don’t know. (Barbadians speak English, have roads, and use indoor toilets.)”
On chopping her hair off into a precise bob and dying it black like Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux: “My friends still live in Barbados, and they let me know that everyone asks for the ‘Rihanna haircut.’”
On being teased growing up for having paler skin than her peers: “I was cultured in a very ‘black’ way. But when I got to school I’m being called ‘white’…they would look at me, and they would curse me out. I didn’t understand.”
On beauty being in the eye of the beholder: “While in America beautiful is skinny, in Barbados it’s thick—girls with huge butts and nice curves.”