Rihanna Covers Glamour’s September Issue

Rihanna Glamour September 2011
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Like the title of her newest album, Rihanna gets Loud for Glamour's September issue.

With a cheeky grin, pop star and fashion dynamo Rihanna lands on the cover of Glamour’s September issue.

The flame-haired singer also gives an unfiltered interview, opening up to the magazine about her need for honesty, her eye-popping outfits, and her new sense of fearlessness.

Photographer Ellen von Unwerth conjured up a high-wattage portfolio, with Rihanna channeling an alluring cabaret singer. The slightly retro silhouettes and lushly waved hair say  “lady” while the vivid colors and flashes of tattoos declare “rock!”

Rihanna’s cover look signals this playful balance. She wears Dolce & Gabbana’s riff on a tuxedo: a white, open-back top, and tight sequinned pants.

Inside, she preens in high-intensity colors, like a turquoise Marc Jacobs sheath and a canary yellow sweater and skirt by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Posed to sing in front of a band, she wears a teal Vionnet dress with black lace panels revealing her briefs.

Even these choices might be a bit tame for the daring dresser. Rihanna tells Glamour that she uses fashion as a stimulating game: “I want to pick the most bizarre pair of shorts so I can figure out how to make it look right, or work an outfit that will make people go, ‘What the hell is she wearing?’”

She claims to want drama only in her outfits, though. “I hate drama. But at the same time, nothing bothers me more than when life’s perfect,” the Bajan beauty says. “And that’s the sick part. I just love a challenge, whether it’s a relationship, my career, clothing...” (We doubt, however, that she’s referring to David LaChapelle taking legal action against her "S&M" music video.)

Rihanna Glamour September 2011

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Flower girl: Rihanna plays with polka-dots and rose petals.

The September issue of Glamour will be released on August 9. Not long after, Rihanna will start appearing on billboards as well as newsstands.