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Rihanna - "Allure" January 2008

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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.”

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  • holla

    great cover, she’s beautiful

  • happy birthday

    shes ok

  • Amanda

    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.)”


    D.a.m.n right we do. That is so true what she said though, being from Barbados myself and living in the UK, I have to deal with those misconceptions on a daily basis.

    Nice to read about her talking about her (well our) home country. She is fantastic. Thanks JJ.

  • WTF?

    I know many white Bajans. She’s not that pale.
    Funny most of the Bajans Iin my area are very wealthy and very educated. And I would never think they don’t have toilets. Please.

  • dean

    big up bim

  • sonitera

    bless up bim

  • Amanda

    I am a white bajan and she is def not pale, but I could see why she would get teased, anyways now she can look at all of those who used to tease her and just basically go ha.

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  • riri

    pictures for rihanna click here

  • dorian

    cute i love seeing rihanna on magazine covers

  • sandie

    Just beautiful, i’m buying that mag!

  • http://JustJared Nikki

    I dont believe for one bit she got teased for being PALE. I am West Indian, and we are very Colour Struck. If u’re light your’re beautifull. If u get teased for anything is being DARK SKINNED. We still have that Stupid Slave mentallity.

  • ririlove

    You and who for maiter comment of your blog on my riri OK

  • anna

    5 HEAD!

  • anna

    “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?”…THANKS FOR MAKING SURE WE KNOW IT WAS A PR STUNT. HA! CAMERA WHORE.


    The majority of US citizens have that misconception, not just for Barbados, but for every island of the Caribbean. That’s sad.

  • clarissa

    i like her

  • dee dee morales

    i have seen a whole lot of ugly ass people who are light-skinned and ugly as white people too. Beauty is not at all white there are a lot of light and dark-skinned beautiful women. Just like with the noses long parrot noses are not beauty either, I hate it when people say black folks noses are too wide,,, well hello….. white long noses arent the best noses either. I have seen blacks with small noses and whites with big noses. There are people in the world born with 6 arms and one eye and all kinds of messed up parts and people worry about the size of a nose… pathetic people with this beauty crap… all this plastic surgery and your ass is still fucked up in the head…. and dont talk about when that plastic junk starts slipping. omg?

  • pelon1

    she looks amazing i love this girl, i think she will take some grammy’s home very soon!!

  • d holiday

    we get the picture dee dee

    @ nikki…i didnt expect her to say that either. i don’t know people to get teased because they’re too light. & rihanna isn’t light, she’s brown skinned. it’s not like she’s the same color as chris brown.

  • please

    “Rhianna haircut?” I think she’ll find Mrs Becks was the originator. Because she dyed hers jet blk doesnt mean she owns it


  • ºO.o[Maddie]o.Oº

    I like her
    she’s a good singer and is cute

  • jade

    There are many people all over the Caribbean who have more money and education that some US born Americans.

    the misconception can go bothways. Many people think that people from the South have no toilets and marry their cousins or people from the Midwest have not education. Not true.

  • ross

    fugly untalented whore and a slut. she just got none talents. i hate her.

  • Cynthia

    Love her, she’s beautiful and very talented.

  • Here’s The Deal

    I like her. She seems like such a sweetheart.

  • Monique

    Posh didn’t start this hair cut…Black girls in the 90s–mainly early nineties would wear their hair in assymetrical cuts with door knocker earrings…Actually, Salt n Pepa and MC Hammer’s back up dancers inspired black chicks to dye their hair blonde and cut it into the same hairstyle that Posh Spice is wearing now.

    Also, on that Magazine cover Rihanna is DARK, but on other pictures she’s LIGHT, almost like a very tanned white girl, and with those eyes I can see DARK black girls getting jealous and picking on her. It happens a lot.

  • kathy

    I don’t agree with you NIKKI, am from the west Indies aswell and in my own family some of us are light some dark and we’re all the same no one cares about light or dark, so keep that slave mentality to yourself.

  • http://JustJared Nikki

    Thats fine Kathy, but alot of ppl will disagree with u as well. Unlike in America where u constantly hear light skin black ppl being told they are NOt black enough,, Do u ever hear light skin ppl being told that No. By the way I’m lightskin. As they say I’m a SHABIN. However u constantly hear Darkskin ppl being told they are tooooo dark or whateva. We lightskin ppl are always told we have a NICE complexion. Like Buju says……..” MOST OF ALL ME LOVE ME BROWNIN”

  • YOO

    they always make them lighter and prettier on magazines…
    she has light hazem eyes.. not green

  • ugly betty

    rihanna made that haircut popular people star rocking it when she got it victoria beckham didn’t start shit she been having that hairstyle for a long tome and people didn’t copy her or pat any attention to it but when rihanna start rocking it chicks start copying it

  • yasmin

    She is absolutely fabulous, she has something special

  • ugly betty

    rihanna has natural green eye she don’t wear contact she would have been called out if she did

  • ugly betty

    rihanna eyes are not hazel eva pickford,bow wow ,free from 106 and park and the contact beyonce be wearing are hazel eyes rihanna eyes are green and they are real

  • lily

    If Rihanna got teased it was probably because she looked funny with her forehead and long torso but teased because she is a light skin black…NEVER. I think she lied about that one. Definitely NOT in the Caribbean and certainly NOT in Barbados.

    People only ever mention and ridicule dark skinned people who never hear anything positive about their skin complexion.

  • lawd

    oh, give it a rest people about rihanna lying about about being teased about her skin shade. Y ou weren’t there, you don’t know. It may have just been the crowd of kids at her school. She’s pretty and I could see catty girls thinking of any excuse to make fun of her–look at these stupid posters here being catty about things that no one even cares about like her forehead.

  • nola

    She looks beautiful, as u sual. I love this girl.

  • lauren

    how lame are some of you people to think that victoria beckham “invented” the a-line bob. That’s been around all century peoples. Rihanna’s been rocking it in various ways though that is much more interesting than Victoria’s though. She can make it look classic or punk rock, depending on how she gets it styled.

  • nina

    She looks GREAT! This girl can go from sultry to fresh faced so quickly it’s crazy. She has a total baby face but she’s built, so I think that’s how the transitions happen! And I”m so glad she didn’t hook up with methface hartnett! She’s too cute for him-she should be with shia!

  • dean

    classic beauty

  • jealous

    I can’t believe how spiteful some posters are about rihanna- the green eyed monster sure comes out when her pretty face pops up on this site!

  • wow

    she is a classic beauty and that’s why when she dresses up in stuff that’s trashy it just looks so wrong. Cause she really is too pretty and exquisite for such things. This is a perfect example of what looks best on her.

  • shia

    I wish her and shia were still together-I notice she denied josh and jay -z, but not shia in terms of who she hasn’t dated. Hmmmm…..

  • lana

    how is she not pale? she’s very fair complexioned.

  • gabriella

    go back to shia ri ri.