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Rihanna Covers 'Elle' July 2010

Rihanna Covers 'Elle' July 2010

Rihanna turns up the glamour as she graces the cover of Elle magazine’s July 2010 issue, on newsstands Tuesday, June 15.

Here’s what the 22-year-old Bajan beauty had to share:

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, Matt Kemp: “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 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 [Chris Brown] 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.”

FYI: Rihanna is wearing Laruicci earrings in her cover shot.

For more from Rihanna, check out Elle.com!


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  • Nic

    Rocking that cover, and i aint even near to liking her music!

  • west

    She looks old.

  • mickey

    ugly chick.

  • Helen

    Too much photoshop.

  • Shakera

    Wow she looks great!

  • Lost

    She looks much thinner. I think they tinkered with her photo.

  • Lisa

    She looks gorgeous, such a pretty face.

  • maison martin margiela

    Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All hail the Queen!!!

  • TheLastBitchOnEa☈th

    Haters are so whack.

  • KellStar

    Not a fan of hers but I understand the pain she felt (and may still feel) towards Chris Brown. I think most of us who have been hurt by a person we love can. It’s good to see she’s moving on.

  • twin peaks

    She looks like Dionne Warwick — same age and all.

  • Dreads

    So….. not long ago she was saying that she and Kemp were “just friends” and now it turned into “I have a boyfriend”…hmmm, seems like the benefits went actual. I don’t like her at all but she does look great here. That horrible hairstyle looks better this way than red, ugh.

  • whatever

    Rihanna looks like a tranny in those pics.

  • Liv

    In the video, she’s painted up like a clown.
    Not a flattering look for a young woman.

  • Gabby

    Love her.

  • yuck

    yuck@the black lipstick.

  • True Tips

    @TheLastBitchOnEa☈th: Yes, you are.

  • curious

    Didn’t Kemp’s last girlfriend get a restraining order against him?

  • MIMI

    @mmm, #8 comment, does Rihanna camp pay u, can’t stand his/her ass, she has no talent, take the blind fold off, idiot.

  • [marie]

    This pic has been photoshopped to death.. Her head is way bigger than the rest of her body…

  • bajan

    RI U SMOKING OUT THOSE PICS WITH YOUR FIERCENESS , ITS AMAZIN SOME OF YOU HATE ON RI SO MUCH THAT EVERYTIME THERES SOMETHING POSTIN ON HER U COME TO COMMENT, BUT MY THING IS F U DOT GAVE A DAM Y WASTE TIME . UH OH CAUSE SHE STIL ROCKIN THEM DIAMONDS GIRL U ON FYAH RI . KEEP BRINGIN IT

  • wexx

    They went nuts with the air brushing.
    She’s definitely not that skinny.

  • Lydia

    She is so effing gorgeous!!!

  • Jasmine

    I’m usually hard on Rihanna but girl looks GORGEOUS on that cover! I’m in love with that dress!!

  • Jokergurl

    She looks a little thinner but otherwise she looks great, the colors really complement her skin tone, and eyes. The earrings a bit 1980′s but she looks good.

  • YU….CK..

    Y.UC.K..

  • YU….CK..

    TRANNY HANNA STRIKES AGAIN….

  • YU….CK..

    TR.ANN.Y.-HAN..NA STRIKES AGAIN.

  • Adrim

    I love you but, BITCH! is that real fur?! If so F U!!!……………. = =

  • lindakk

    she looks great!! photoshopped her body to be quite thin i mean common we can see that

  • just say no

    She wears too much fur.
    PETA will get her soon.

  • loloa

    wow some people are such haters. photoshop photoshop big deal elle is not some indep. magazine its elle what do u expect

    why are you commenting if there is such a problem or she looks like a man.

    i dont like jen aniston nor do u see me commenting about her on blogs.

    i think she looks great, she is different. shes is something new to the same 5 singers we hear about all the time.

    everything she has on in the shoot is what hot now in the fashion industry. dont blame her for the look dont buy elle if its such a problem.

  • loloa

    oh peta peta funds groups like the afl which put a fire to my friends parents place b/c her dad is a sci professor at a uc

    and there were children in the house how is that protecting anything

    i guess ur a vegan and dont wear any animal products like leather

    peta is a terrorist org. do ur research there are lots of other groups that do good on behalf of animals and wanting to protect peta is not one of them or atleast not at their core. its started that way its not what you think

  • tal

    STUNNIGGGG!!

  • http://Facebook Alex

    She looks great.

  • LuckyL

    She isn’t that thin.

  • proof of human stupidity

    @just say no: It looks fake to me. And anyway, none of this stuff would belong to her, they would just give it to her for the shoot. she wears what she is given fo the most part with this kind of stuff.

    Rihanna looks B . E . A . UTIFUL.

  • shannon

    I don’t get it, why does she insist on styling herself like a 40-something desperate housewife from NJ??? Everything she wears is tacky and overdone. She dresses older than most 40 year olds! There is no way that she looks 22, EVER.

  • http://www.hookupbbw.com/ Rachel

    she is easy

  • Sammie

    I dislike her singing voice (her speaking voice / accent is adorable) but I find her to be visually beautiful and cute and stunningly flawless. And I find her super sweet and real when she talks about things.

  • Jessie

    This woman is NOT cute! She has the worse style of all the pop artists. Bland and boring…she will fade like Toni Braxton.

  • Mason

    she will never be like beyonce, britney or madonna…they were pretty, talented and very visual. she’s just blah.

  • Alysa

    @Mason: Britney talented please don’t make me choke on my laughter

  • Chelsea

    she should drop singing and become a model

  • ++Logan++

    Love the outfit on the cover. The leopard inside the mag is FABULOUS.

  • Francia

    “different ethnicities” yes…’different races’ NO. We are not animals, we are humans,

    People are just ignorant when they are emplyin such terms these days.

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