Rihanna is smokin’ (literally) on the Fall/Winter cover of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, and she lives up to Bad Gal RiRi status dressed as a modern day Marie Antoinette, in a look styled by Carine and shot by Terry Richardson. As to why CR chose to revive the historical rebel? “I wanted to show that she is not just a villain to be despised or a muse to be channeled,” said Carine. “She is neither, actually. She is a prototype for contemporary fame, body, beauty, celebrity, and femininity. Everything done by her and to her has influenced society’s concept of womanhood, for better or worse.”
“In this issue, I wanted to capture that sense of attraction and repulsion: the fantasy of glamour but also the poison and prison of femininity and society,” the editrix continued. “The magazine is crafted around key elements of her [Marie Antoinette’s] life—her exuberant sense of fashion, her elaborate hairdos, her intense sexuality—almost like a modern biography through fashion imagery. And on the cover is Rihanna, who shares with Marie Antoinette an air of royalty that I, and the world it seems, find intoxicating.”
The issue hits newsstands on September 15. Read more about the issue HERE.