Rihanna, Barbadian singer, has been unveiled as the cover star of June’s issue of Vogue Italia, an Italian edition of the prominent magazine.

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Tagged the “Do It Yourself (DIY)” issue, the cover sees the award-winning singer in control of her style and in the position of a director for the photography without any “filter and mediation.”

In one of the photos, the music star is seen dressed in a Valentino’s sheer black gown and high heels.

According to Emanuele Farneti, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, since the inception of the brand, Rihanna is the only person that has been given the sole task of styling, posing, and photographing herself.

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“In recent years we have tried to use our cover in many different ways: with photography or illustrations, or with no images at all,” he wrote.

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“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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In February, the 33-year-old had come under fire in India over her topless dress considered offensive to the country’s cultural and religious inclinations.



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