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…

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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

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