I am loving the latest spread from Paper Mag! Their March Break The Rules issue features Rihanna. The cover spread is giving me futuristic-bougie-lavish-ratchetry, and I am living for every bit of the juxtaposition!
It's been almost 10 years since Rihanna has graced a Paper cover, and this is one helluva reintroduction!
Here you have Rihanna as this cool, stylish, weirdly appealing girl who's just slaying for the kids, ringing up sodas and candy and running lottery tickets, at her job at the corner store. I saw the images and immediately painted a whole scenario and character in my head. I imagine her with her feet up on the counter, spilling tea with her best friend or caking with her boo on the phone and playing all of the good tunes on her speakers. She's like an around the way girl who's just carefree, living her life like it's golden and has the dope style that girls in her 'hood would die for. To say that she stands out in the crowd is an understatement, but she loves the attention.
The more I saw these images around, the more I thought this is the essence of a black woman. Rihanna paints a picture in this spread of a girl with an IDGAF attitude, who rocks these different hairstyles and colorful weaves and fun, edgy clothes and is on her grind, trying to make a few dollars. All that was missing for me was a blow pop (nah, the ring pop wasn't enough for me LOL) in hand or some obnoxious bubble gum bubbles being blown. Anywho, this was a dope spread. & honestly, when has Rihanna ever looked bad? I'll wait.
But shoutout to Farren Fucci for styling this shoot. He's no stranger to working with Paper Mag. & I love the futuristic vibe he threw into the mix with this spread. He's so dope; I LOVE him on Twitter. He has such a dope eye for style, and Rihanna has been a fan of his for a long time. Crazy how social media can propel a person's career. A DM from Rihanna literally changed his life! He literally went from posting Polyvore looks to making some MAJOR moves in the fashion industry. This is so inspiring! Definitely looking forward to seeing more of his work in the future!
Check out the spread below!
Photo Credit: PAPER
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