Joining Drake for The Fader's anniversary issue, Rihanna takes a series of images including her self portrait.
In a studio set beneath the iconic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, and a photoshoot that lasted from morning through night, The FADER's contributing photographer Renata Raksha set up a series of shots that would capture Rihanna in ways that showcase the superstar as she sees herself.
Over 16 years and 100 issues, The FADER has won numerous awards for its intimate, documentary photography. With this photoshoot, Rihanna is shown as she sees herself: offering direct access to readers to view who she is as a person today.
Rihanna is the final cover announcement for The FADER's 100th issue, which will continue releasing exclusive features and stories of the people and events that changed both music and media in the years since The FADER was founded in 1999. Accompanying the photoshoot is an essay written by contributing writer Mary H.K. Choi. She reflects on Rihanna’s growth since they first met in 2007, the nature of celebrity, and the complicated, graceful dance that makes Rihanna seem realer and friendlier than just about any other star.
Read the cover story online.