Rihanna is not only the cover girl for cover of British Vogue’s all-important September issue but she’s also the first black woman to ever do it!
This is Edward Enninful’s first September issue since becoming editor-in-chief in April, and it’s certainly the biggest, ringing in at 400 pages. “I was determined it would be something special,” wrote Enninful with the announcement on Tuesday.
He added that he “always knew it had to be Rihanna on the cover.”
“No matter how haute the styling goes, or experimental the mood, you never lose [Rihanna] in the imagery,” Enninful adds. “She is always Rihanna. There’s a lesson for us all in that. Whichever way you choose to dress the new season, take a leaf out of her book and be yourself.”
This is not the first time Enninful has worked with Rihanna on a September cover. (He styled her in September 2016 for W magazine.) But this time he was styling her for his own magazine’s spread, which was photographed by Nick Knight.
On the cover, Rihanna wears a neon Prada tulle dress and gloves from the fall 2018 collection. Using Fenty beauty, of course, makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench penciled in Rihanna’s eyebrows as elegant, thin lines, and covered her lips in a shade of deep purple. On her head rests a bouquet of flowers.