Vogue shared the photos on its site featuring the “Wild Thoughts” singer wearing a hot pink Prada dress, Savage x Fenty gloves, a flower headdress and thin, drawn-on eyebrows a la Marlene Dietrich.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, styled the cover and photo shoot, and Nick Knight served as photographer.
Enninful wrote in his editor’s letter that he knew he wanted the singer on the cover for the magazine’s September issue.
“I always knew it had to be Rihanna,” he wrote.
“A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her. No matter how haute the styling goes, or experimental the mood, you never lose her in the imagery. 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.”
Enninful wrote that the two talked about diversity and Rihanna’s life as a diva for the accompanying profile.
British Vogue’s September issue hits newsstands on Aug. 3.