on the COVER... RIHANNA: THE Ri-invention
Following her busiest – and in many ways most testing – year, Riri’s coming out the other side a whole lot brighter…
Rihanna might have missed out on a Grammy this year, but the award for the biggest transformation definitely has her name on it. It’s only March, but we reckon 2017’s shaping up to be Riri’s year.
And we’re told the singer is in a period of total reinvention (‘Ri-invention’, if you will) after a turbulent year that’s seen her on-off again with Drake, squabbling in public with Azealia Banks – and, as always, dealing with her ex Chris Brown. Now, our sources reveal that following her 29th birthday, Ri’s making some big changes.
‘Rihanna has been steadily shedding her party image,’ an insider tells us. ‘Part of her will always be a bad girl, but that isn’t what she wants to be known for any more. She’s evolving and wants her image to reflect that.’
We’re told that’s why the singer was so happy finally to be recognised for her charity work. Last week, Rihanna was presented with the prestigious Harvard University Humanitarian of The Year Award. Harvard is said to have chosen Ri because of her work with several organisations: she helped build an oncology centre in Barbados and created the Clara Lionel Foundation (named after her grandparents), which helps support and fund education and health programmes across the world. Now it’s been announced that Dior is teaming up with the charity to produce ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ T-shirts, with a percentage of the proceedings going directly to the Clara Lionel Foundation. Drake was right: Ri really is the ‘queen of everything’.
Taking to the stage to deliver her acceptance speech, Ri epitomised cool. Mixing total professionalism with a sassy hair flick (which FYI we cannot stop watching), the singer delivered an inspiring speech that revealed her intention to pursue more work in this area in the future.
‘I would say: “When I grow up and I get rich, I’m gonna save kids all over the world,”’ Riri admitted. ‘I just didn’t know I would be in a position to do that by the time I was a teenager.
‘We’re all human and we all just want a chance. A chance at life, a chance of an education, a chance of a future… All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return.’ Preach.
As Look previously reported, it comes at a time when Rihanna’s keen to slow down her life. ‘Rihanna’s dramatically cleaned up her act,’ adds another source. ‘She’s changed her style, dressing more demurely, and the days of her getting super-wild are over. She’s definitely thinking about the future.’
We’re told that Ri plans to get stuck into the next phase of her career this year – but then it will all be about family. ‘I’ll have set some things up so I don’t have to tour for the rest of my life,’ Riri admitted in 2013. ‘I want health and happiness in five years… I look forward to the day when I’m gonna be a mum.’
But with her Fenty x Puma collaboration showing in Paris this week, her new make-up line launching in autumn and Ocean’s Eight due out in 2018, she’s certainly going to be kept busy.
‘Rihanna’s slowing down but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to be taken seriously,’ concludes our source. ‘She’s on a mission for people to know she’s just evolving.’
She’s definitely thinking about the future
Rihanna is presented with her award