Is personal style an art? In the case of Rihanna, she who has redefined what modern pop Icon–dom looks like, the answer is a resounding yes. And as her candid shoot in the December issue of ELLE reveals, her ongoing project is one in a constant, glorious state of flux—peeling back creative layers and pushing boundaries (both her own and ours).
| Paola Kudacki for ELLE | 08 photo(s).
Here’s music’s most massive star as we’ve never seen before—all dressed up in fall couture, but boldly stripped down. Introducing the real Rihanna: strong, uncompromising, and radically beautiful.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
That’s still a secret.
What do people misunderstand about you?
What’s the sexiest thing a man has ever said to you?
Any man that tells me what to do is sexy!
What’s your mantra?
“Fuck bitches, get money!
Your worst fear?
Do you ever sound like your mother?
My mother doesn’t say much, but that one “ummmm” is a full paragraph of things I was grateful she didn’t say. I catch myself doing that a lot recently.
If you weren’t a singer, what would you be?
The last time you were starstruck?
When I met Aaron Paul at the Spike awards.
The best hangover cure?
Ice, Chinese food! And an upside-down trash can and towels, preferably next to the toilet.
Are you a good cook?
I’m a fun cook! My specialty is seafood, but I also make the sickest mac ’n’ cheese you will ever taste.
If you had to listen to three albums on repeat, what would they be?
KoL’s Only By the Night, Buju Banton’s ’Til Shiloh, and Michael Bolton’s Greatest Hits (1985–1995). And the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack.
If you were a piece of jewelry, what would it be?
I’d be a choker!
What’s on your Christmas list?
A big, trimmed ****!!
Read the full article and interview in ELLE’s December issue that goes on stands on November 18th.