Rihanna is on the November cover of Vanity Fair, and the “BBHMM” singer is heating up Havana.
Posing in front of one of the classic cars that represents Cuba’s stagnation, and time travel-esque appeal, Rihanna is stunning with bright red hair and wearing a low-cut romper to match the bright teal vehicle. Inside the pages, the 27-year-old opens up about everything in one of her rawest and most candid interviews ever, talking about ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, her sex life and that infamous CFDA dress.
While her comments about domestic violence are as poignant and relevant as ever, there is no denying the photos in the magazine, shot by Annie Leibovitz, really steal the show. There is the red skin-tight dress, posing in front of the famed Bar La Rosa, with a bright red facade and equally red Lincoln Continental parked in front. She also poses in a gold sequined dress on top of a desk in the Josie Alonso House, and fully nude on a bed, her tousled bright red contrasting against the blue walls of the room.
The people of Cuba also make a cameo in a crowd shot, with Rihanna standing out amongst the masses, a completely serene look upon her face, one of a woman who is used to crowds rushing to her.
Here are some of the highlights from her interview:
On that CFDA dress: “I wanted to wear something that looked like it was floating on me, but after that, I was like O.K., we can’t do this again for a while. No nipples, no sexy shit, or it’s going to be like a gimmick. That night was the last hurrah; I decided to take a little break from that and wear clothes.”
On Chris Brown: “I was that girl, that girl who felt that as much pain as this relationship is, maybe some people are built stronger than others. Maybe I’m one of those people built to handle s**t like this. Maybe I’m the person who’s almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they’re not strong enough… when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing.”
On being portrayed as a victim: “Well, I never understood that, like how the victim gets punished over and over. It’s in the past, and I don’t want to say ‘Get over it,’ because it’s a very serious thing that is still relevant; it’s still real… But for me, and anyone who’s been a victim of domestic violence, nobody wants to even remember it.”
On her sex life: “That’s why I haven’t been having sex or even really seeing anybody because I don’t want to wake up the next day feeling guilty. I mean I get horny, I’m human, I’m a woman, I want to have sex.”
On being lonely: “It is lonely but I have so much work to do that I get distracted. I don’t have time to be lonely. And I get fearful of relationships because I feel guilty about wanting someone to be completely faithful and loyal, when I can’t give them 10 percent of the attention they need.”