19 QUESTIONS FOR RIHANNA FROM 20 OF HER FRIENDS & FANS
Tyra Banks, model/entrepreneur: You’re so successful and surrounded by people who want to please you. Who gives it to you straight? For me, it’s my mama. Rihanna: They all fake, LOL, and fired! Eminem, rapper: You don’t seem like you’re ever thinking about trends when you go in the studio, yet you end up setting them. What are you looking at when you start your recording process? Rihanna: I rarely know exactly what I want to do, but always know exactly how I want it to make me feel. Feeling always leads the sound! Wyclef Jean, rapper: The last time I saw you was at the World Cup. If you could be any football player in the world, who would it be? Rihanna: Cristiano Ronaldo. But then again, Beckham did marry Posh Spice. Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, designers, Oscar de la Renta: What’s your best vintage find? Rihanna: On New Year’s Eve, 2016, I bought this costume from 1952 that was worn in the movie Singin’ in the Rain. Tricky St ewart, record producer: Do you remember the first time a crowd gave you goose bumps singing all the lyrics to your song in concert? Rihanna: Yes! I was on tour, and the whole crowd started singing Take a Bow word for word… to the point that I couldn’t even sing. They performed the entire song for me. April Bloomfield, chef: What do you cook when you want a little comfort?
Rihanna: Bajan macaroni pie, which is our version of a baked mac ’n’ cheese. Zac Posen, designer: What’s your secret family recipe? Rihanna: It’s a secret! [Laughs.] But they make a mean “cook-up” and pepper pot. Both are Guyanese recipes. Jacquie Aiche, jewellery designer: What’s your favourite body part? Rihanna: Well, my favourite body parts on pretty much any woman are the collarbone and shoulders. Charli XCX, singer/songwriter: What’s your ultimate karaoke song? Rihanna: Bon Jovi, Livin’ on a Prayer; Journey, Don’t Stop Believin’; Brandy and Monica, The Boy Is Mine.
Danielle St eel, author: I love your shoe passion, especially your collaboration with Manolo Blahnik. How much of the designing do they let you do?
Rihanna: They really give me all the creative freedom I could ask for, but of course I have this unique opportunity to work with Mr Blahnik himself, so his expertise is always more than welcome! Gary Ross, director, Ocean’s8: What’s the first thing I should do when I get to Barbados? Rihanna: [Fast-food] Chefette and a rum punch!
Kelly Fields, chef (Willa Jean, New Orleans): Your preferences in fashion and art appear to embrace the entire scale of highbrow/lowbrow – which is how I like to cook. I’d love to know if your preferences in munchies run along that same scale?
Rihanna: You mean KFC on a private jet is not normal?
Laverne Cox, actress: You’ve had so many iconic fashion moments and take so many risks. The CFDA Awards Adam Selman dress in 2014 – what gave you the courage to take that risk that was so perfect and elegant yet daring?
Rihanna: Dear Laverne, I took advantage of my titties before they go south. I saw my window, and I took it.
Pharrell Williams, musician/producer: You’re a pluralist in every sense of the word. Did you always have these dreams to do so many things, in addition to being an artist? Or have you just figured that out along the way that there are other things you can do very well?
Rihanna: I’ve always been a dreamer… or let’s just say I kept my options open. In my heart, I knew singing was gonna be in my future, but I considered psychology, hairdressing, banking, teaching, acting, modelling, aviation and philanthropy. I just didn’t know I’d pretty much be doing all of these things eventually!
David Copperfield, magician: I’m not kidding, this is a real offer: I can make you disappear and reappear anywhere in the world. Where do you want to go, and why?
Rihanna: Ten minutes before I lost my virginity… and I’m holding you to that offer [ laughs]. Emilio Vitolo, restaurateur (Emilio’s Ballato, New York City): What’s the name of the soup dish that’s the most popular in our region of Italy? Rihanna: It’s my favourite on your menu… pasta e fagioli. A$AP Rocky, rapper: Tupac, Bob Marley, and Time: F**k? Marry? Kill? Rihanna: Shit, well, we stay killing Time. F**k Tupac. Marry Bob, duh. Olivia Wilde, actress: What’s the most valuable mistake you’ve learned from? Rihanna: No cheese for Jay Brown before a flight. Patricia Field, stylist: Would you consider having a cocktail with me sometime in the near future? I’d like to get to know you better. (Not hitting on you.) Rihanna: Your place or mine?