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Rihanna Covers FADER’s 100th Issue


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Rihanna graces the cover of FADER’s 100th issue, but she made sure to do things her way.

Ri Ri called the shots by hiring her own photographer, Renata Raksha, for the candid shoot, in which she takes pictures of herself. The bossy diva has becomes the first artist in the magazine’s history to snap themselves for the cover.

The special issue includes a candid interview with Drake, but Rihanna opted to forgo a traditional interview and instead only answered five questions via email, which have yet to be published. Seeming to follow in Beyonce‘s footsteps following her Vogue spread, writer Mary H.K. Choi examines how Rihanna has taken control over her image.

“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,” Choi writes.  “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.”

The FADER issue hits newsstands October 27.

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