Rihanna Becomes Second Singer After Madonna To Have Achieved The ‘Big Four’ In Vogue History

Rihanna has made history as she becomes the second singer after Madonna to have achieved the ‘Big Four’ Vogue history.

The “Big Four” refers to the four most notable Vogue covers that include: American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Paris, and Vogue Italia.

The Work hitmaker graces the cover of Vogue Italia’s June issue that she styled and photographed herself.

For their “Do It Yourself” issue, Rihanna both styles and photographs herself, donning a full Valentino look for the glossy’s cover complete with a Versace silk headscarf with makeup by Pierpaolo Piccioli using the singer’s Fenty Beauty.

According to Director Emanuele Farneti:

In recent years we have tried to use our cover in many different ways: with photography or illustrations, or with no images at all. But we’ve never invited the featured person to do everything by themselves: to pose, take the photographs and choose the clothes to wear.

If there was a right occasion for this new experiment, it could only have been the DIY issue. Neither could there have been a better protagonist than Rihanna – who has appeared on so many covers, but never like this time in the version in which she, and only she, has chosen to portray herself, without filters or any mediation.

On set Rihanna played simultaneously the artist and the muse, the observer and the observed, the director and the character, experimenting on the fine line that exists between the two sides of an artist.


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