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Rihanna: Elle’s sexy new cover girl!

Rihanna: Elle’s sexy new cover girl!
June 8, 2010 MICHAEL KNUDSEN


good evening! i don’t recall having ever seen a bad picture of rihanna – girlfriend always looks flawless – i swear she’s definitely one of the world’s most gorgeous people – nobody can argue with me on that! she’s the latest cover girl for ELLE magazine’s july issue – looking fabulous as always! i’m still digging on her latest album rated R – i still have hope she’ll release my favorite track cold case love (a collaboration with hottie justin timberlake – when will he be putting out a new album?!) as a single – it’s such an amazing song! i would like to see her in concert this summer but i was super bummed when nicki minaj dropped out (lately i’ve been obsessed with ms. minaj) leaving (highly annoying) ke$ha to be the only opening act – major ugh! popbytes over & out for tonight … xoxo



On the album art for Rated R: “I wanted pictures that represented strength and fearlessness but still femininity–a strong woman who can be vulnerable. Every woman is made up of vulnerability and strength; no matter what race you are, no matter what you’ve been through in your life. Every woman has that strength that is undeniable, but we also have really big hearts. It’s just us.”



On her new beau: “I have a boyfriend. I’m so happy. I feel really comfortable, and it’s so easy. I have such a chaotic life, but at the end of the day, that is just my peace. It keeps me sane, really, talking to him and talking to my family.”



On designers she admires: “It’s clear there are definitely fewer black women in the high-fashion industry. One of the things I respected most about Gucci was that they did a print campaign with me. I’m a black girl on a fashion spread for Gucci–that was a big deal. I respect designers who aren’t afraid to go outside the box. I went to a Jean Paul Gaultier show, and I saw girls who are thicker than me, beautiful and voluptuous and different ethnicities. That made me so excited. I thought, Okay, I can work that, for sure.”



On the past year: “A year ago, I was very confused. Because he was my best friend. All of a sudden, one night changed our whole lives–not only our friendship, but our lives. I wanted to wake up one day and just not have that pain anymore. I wanted to be with him again or get over him–it was either-or. I just didn’t want to feel the pain, the confusion.”





BONUS PICS RIHANNA ROCKS RIO WITH A NEW HAIRDO!

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