Written by Ollie Francis
From Fenty Beauty considered a staple for many beauty gurus, to Savage x Fenty competing with the likes of Victoria’s Secret and Adore Me, the collaborative efforts with luxurious fashion brand LVMH for her upcoming high-end fashion line called Fenty, alongside with the philanthropic efforts in her homeland of Barbados; Rihanna is considerably adorned the ‘Jane of all Trades,’ at 31-years-old.
Despite her entrepreneurial success on various business ventures, the fans have been inquiring as to when there will be another album from the Bajan Popstar. Over three years since the release of the Grammy-nominated, triple platinum collective; Anti was released, Rihanna has been silent on the music spectrum ever since.
The Pop Queen and Fashion icon sat down with Jeremy O. Harris for an exclusive interview with T Magazine, where she intimately expressed her perspective about the fashion industry, her new line and making history as one of the few black women to have a high-end fashion line, and her upcoming album, R9.
About collaborating with LVMH:
JH: Well, you are Rihanna. Which brings me to my first question: What draws you to collaborate with a company like LVMH? I feel like you’re as big as LVMH, if not bigger.
RF: Whoa. That’s kind of crazy to say.
JH: It’s true, though. Numbers don’t lie.
RF: I’ve been slowly evolving throughout the fashion world. First wearing it, buying it, being recognized for my style and then collaborating with brands. I never just wanted to put my name on something and sell my license. I’m very hands-on, so I wanted to take it slowly and gain respect as a designer. I already had a relationship with them after the Versailles campaign and the makeup line, so they extended the offer to me and it was a no-brainer because LVMH is a machine. Bernard Arnault was so enthusiastic; he trusted me and my vision.Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty and Jeremy O. Harris: T-Magazine (May 2019)
Rihanna went into detail pertaining to the module of her success during the beginning stages of her career. Initially, her compassion and motivation acquired ever since a juvenile, had always been music related, however, it was not until doubtful comments in regards to her career that influenced her to push further and challenge her ethics.
“Every time, it was about challenging myself. I have to do better, I have to do better. And what’s next?”
“I won a Grammy and that was seconds into my past as soon as it got into my hands. I have to think about the next thing, which is terrible because people should live in the moment. I just started branching out into different creative outlets. That’s what makes me happy.”
The fashion and entertainment mogul unveiled the title of her ninth studio album, R9, which will venture back into her musical roots of dancehall/reggae. The project is slated for a late-2019 release.
As far as Fenty, the website (Fenty.com) will launch on May 29 where clothing items will be available to purchase. Rihanna will also have a pop-up shop on the same day as the grand opening.
Click here to read the rest of the interview from T-Magazine.