Rihanna is newsstand gold. Whether the songstress turned fashion and beauty mogul is serving up stellar covers for British Vogue, giving American Vogue its best cover in months or looking almost unrecognizable on Interview, she nails it each and every time. So we aren’t surprised that Harper’s Bazaar invited the icon back for a fifth time with the unveiling of its all-important September issue for 2020. Photographed by Gray Sorrenti, Rihanna gives good face sporting a face full of Fenty Beauty and a white Fenty shirt on the newsstand cover (below). For the subscribers’ alternative (after the jump), she works a Bottega Veneta coat under vibrant blue skies.
The covers went down as a real treat — for the most part. “Rihanna is always a welcome cover subject!” cheered aracic.
“Tens, tens, tens across the board!” raved dodencebt.
“THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! Great job, Harper’s Bazaar. This might be their best September cover in years,” approved crmsnsnwflks.
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KINGofVERSAILLES shared the same enthusiasm: “I quite like both covers. It feels relevant to the activism and social movements afoot, but not removed from the fashion and commercialism I want and expect from Bazaar.”
“Nice, always a pleasure to see Rihanna on magazine covers, but it could, undoubtedly, have been far better. They’ve certainly redeemed themselves after Rihanna’s May 2019 cover, which was almost headache-inducing,” critiqued vogue28.
Not everyone was shouting from the rooftops, however. “I’m sorry but Rihanna looks terrible! What a waste of a great cover subject,” disapproved RMDV.
San Marco described the outcome as “predictable,” but do you agree?
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