Rihanna Talks Weaves, Ditching Bras, & Diamonds In Vogue: “My Jewelry’s All Fake, From Claire’s!”
Not that she didn’t look ah-maz-zing on her two previous covers for Vogue, but the third time is definitely the charm for Rihanna. Once again, the Barbadian beauty ditches the weave and flaunts a chic pixie-cut on the March 2014 cover of the high fashion magazine and dishes her style tips.
“If I’m wearing a top, I don’t wear a bra. If I’m wearing a bra, I just wear a bra,” Rihanna explains, admitting that sometimes beauty isn’t about being comfortable. “It’s not about pain. It’s about the commitment. I say to myself, ‘I want to look like this,’ and worry about the pain later. I’ve had nights I had to tiptoe home and the balls of my feet wouldn’t even allow me to stand.”
But sometimes the 25-year-old entertainer shirks the rigidness of dresses and heels for menswear. “More than anything, I like a jacket,” she says. “You can do anything with a great jacket, the bigger the better. You can have any silhouette underneath. It gives you an attitude. It makes a gown look cool. I love baggy things. I wear men’s clothes, men’s shoes, oxfords, creepers.”
She adds, “When I was thirteen or fourteen, I didn’t want to wear what my mom wanted me to wear. I was very much a boy in my style, my demeanor. All my friends were guys. I loved things that boys did. I loved being easy with my clothes. I loved wearing hats and scarves and snapbacks on my head. It was my way of rebelling. I wanted to dress like my brother. After a while, it was just easier for Mom to dress us both the same. We wore the same jeans, the same T-shirts.”
Rihanna also loves to push the envelope when it comes to her hair, usually with the help of some strategically placed tracks. “It’s not my hair, but the girl who donated it, she’s the bomb,” says Rihanna.
“Black girls never let anyone see this,” she adds, pulling apart the locks at the back of her head to show me the intricate workings of the false hair, which is woven into a net attached to her own. “I have two main hair people I work with. They’re always with me. I’m like, ‘I’m bored! I wanna change my hair!’ That’s the good thing about a weave. You can do whatever with it.”
Whatever she wears, Rihanna promises it will not be at all what you were expecting. “My jewelry’s all fake—from Claire’s,” she says. “Or I get it from my mom’s boutique in Barbados. Her shop’s called FAB-U-LUS. I don’t go out of my way to be a rebel or to have that perception. But a lot of the decisions I make, a lot of the direction I want to move, is against the grain, or against society’s tight lane, and I’m aware of that sometimes. It might not be fitting with the norm, but that’s OK for me.”
For more on Rihanna’s interview, visit Vogue.com and check out the gallery below where the singer rocks Alexander Wang, Versace, Rodarte, and much more!
Also, take a look at Rihanna’s first two Vogue covers above, both shot by Annie Leibovitz. Which one is your favorite?