Rihanna gearing up to launch skincare line

Rihanna has confirmed she is preparing to add a skincare line to her Fenty Beauty brand.In a candid interview with British Vogue, the Barbadian superstar discussed her push for perfection when it comes to her next big project, to be known as Fenty Skin…

Rihanna has confirmed she is preparing to add a skincare line to her Fenty Beauty brand.

In a candid interview with British Vogue, the Barbadian superstar discussed her push for perfection when it comes to her next big project, to be known as Fenty Skin.

“Skincare, it’s the truth. It either works or it doesn’t,” she stated. “There’s nowhere to hide.”

While Rihanna remained tight-lipped about the exact products she will be launching, the collection will undoubtedly complement popular Fenty Beauty products such as the Pro Kiss’r Lip-Loving Scrubstick and the shimmering Body Lava Luminizer oil.

And although the Umbrella singer has a large team assist her at the company, she insisted that she takes a hands-on approach in relation to marketing.

“I just don’t necessarily think their tone is mine. I’d feel like a fraud selling something that I can’t stand by,” the 32-year-old shared, adding that she plays a part in writing the brand’s website copy, product descriptions, product names, and colour names.

Elsewhere in the interview, Rihanna spoke about how she is applying the same level of scrutiny to her fashion house, Fenty Maison.

Founded in partnership with LVMH last year, the company drops new items on its website each month, but not before the star has given her approval for each and every design.

“I refuse to release anything that is not up to par with my quality level,” she added. “The angle of a hem, the size of a sleeve, the stitch… If it’s not the right stitch that I want.”

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Rihanna becomes first person to wear durag on cover of British Vogue

Rihanna has made British Vogue history by becoming the first person to wear a durag on the cover of the magazine.Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful took to social media to unveil the May 2020 issue on Monday, with the main image depicting the Barbadian su…

Rihanna has made British Vogue history by becoming the first person to wear a durag on the cover of the magazine.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful took to social media to unveil the May 2020 issue on Monday, with the main image depicting the Barbadian superstar wearing a white Burberry suit designed by Riccardo Tisci and a custom-made durag from famed milliner Stephen Jones.

Rihanna was photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Enninful, with the editor explaining in an accompanying article that it was the 32-year-old’s idea to sport the head scarf.

“For this month’s shoot, she wanted Rihanna for a new decade. We worked through a substantial archive of visual references (her fashion and cultural knowledge is encyclopaedic) to find a new proposition,” he explained. “Then suddenly, at 2am, my phone pinged with the latest WhatsApp: ‘How about we go with a durag?'”

Enninful went on to describe the durag as “a potent symbol of black life – of self-preservation, resistance, and authenticity,” and admitted Rihanna was the perfect person to pull it off through the “prism of high fashion”.

“It takes a person of extraordinary charisma to pull off such a moment, a woman I am lucky enough to count among my closest creative collaborators,” Enninful added. “What I love about Rih is that it’s always new territory, which is thrilling – not to mention a huge task.”

And in a message posted on his Instagram page, Jones shared just how thrilled he was to work with the British Vogue team and Diamonds hitmaker on the look.

“Thrilled to have created this durag for @badgalriri, one of my most loyal clients, friend and inspiration and the amazing @edward_enninful who I have known since he was 17(?)!!! Thank you soooo much (sic),” he praised.

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Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh join 2020 LVMH Prize jury

Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh are to help judge the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition.Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the Young Fashion Designers …

Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh are to help judge the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition.

Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the Young Fashion Designers competition open to designers from around the world who have produced at least two collections and who are under 40.

On Tuesday, organisers announced that this year’s winner will be announced at an event held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on 5 June, with McCartney and Louis Vuitton menswear designer Abloh among the panel.

Singer Rihanna, who launched her Fenty clothing label in partnership with the luxury conglomerate last year, will also be on the jury.

“For this seventh edition, I am delighted to announce the arrival of Virgil Abloh, former Prize finalist, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, and Stella McCartney in the jury of the LVMH Prize,” said Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, in a statement. “They will be joining our prestigious panel which includes: Jonathan Anderson, Kris Van Assche, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Clare Waight Keller as well as Sidney Toledano, Jean-Paul Claverie and I. I wish to thank them for their involvement and their support to young creation. The prize is an incredible opportunity for these young designers to be appraised by them and to enjoy their advice.”

Those in the running for the 2020 LVMH Prize include New York-based designer Peter Do, British-Indian designer Supriya Lele, British menswear designer Priya Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia, French menswear designer Charaf Tajer of Casablanca, Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena of womenswear brand Chopova Lowena, London-based menswear designer Nicholas Daley, South African womenswear designer Sindiso Khumalo, and Japanese womenswear designer Tomotaka Koizumi of Tomo Koizumi.

The winner will take home $340,000 (£260,000) and receive support from executives at the company for 12 months.

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Rihanna’s lingerie brand Savage X Fenty accused of ‘deceptive marketing’

Executives at Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie company have been accused of “deceptive marketing”.A complaint has been filed with the Federal Trade Commission and the California District Attorney’s office for Santa Cruz County by officials at non-prof…

Executives at Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie company have been accused of “deceptive marketing”.

A complaint has been filed with the Federal Trade Commission and the California District Attorney’s office for Santa Cruz County by officials at non-profit watchdog group Truth in Advertising (TINA). They have alleged the organisation has been attempting to dupe customers by promoting discounts that can only be used once they sign up for the $49.95-a-month VIP subscription.

“It deceptively promotes discounts and product prices that are only available to consumers who are bound to the company’s membership program without clearly and conspicuously disclosing this fact in its marketing materials,” a TINA spokesperson commented in the complaint.

According to the watchdog, they discovered that when using the Savage X Fenty online shop, the VIP membership is automatically added when a customer adds something to the shopping basket.

However, the monthly recurring fee isn’t included in the total amount, and shoppers are only made aware of it in the site’s small print during the checkout process. It’s only if they know to remove the monthly membership from their carts that customers can see the normal price of items.

“By default, the company enrols consumers into a negative option offer known as the Xtra VIP Membership without clearly and conspicuously disclosing all the material terms and conditions, such as needing to take affirmative action every month to avoid recurring monthly charges,” they continued.

Following the complaint filing, Emma Tully, a spokesperson for Savage X Fenty, which Rihanna launched in May 2018, responded via email to CNN Business.

“These accusations are false and based on misconceptions of our business. We are proud of our flexible membership programme because it allows us to offer unparalleled quality and value to our customers,” she stated. “We believe strongly in transparency, which is why we provide multiple disclosures of membership terms throughout the shopping experience, within advertisements, and through our ambassador engagement policies.”

Tully added that Savage X Fenty hasn’t received any inquiries from the Federal Trade Commission as yet.

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Hailey Bieber keen to branch out into fashion design

Hailey Bieber is interested in trying her hand at fashion design.The 23-year-old first began modelling seriously in 2014 and has since gone on to appear in campaigns for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Guess, H&M, and Levi’s. Hailey is now contemplating th…

Hailey Bieber is interested in trying her hand at fashion design.

The 23-year-old first began modelling seriously in 2014 and has since gone on to appear in campaigns for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Guess, H&M, and Levi’s.

Hailey is now contemplating the next phase of her career, and in a cover interview for the March 2020 issue of Elle magazine, indicated her desire to create clothes.

“I would love to get into designing clothes. I love clothes!” she gushed. “That’s actually one of the main reasons I got into the modelling industry.”

With help from her stylist Maeve Reilly, Hailey has built up a reputation as quite the style chameleon. In addition to rocking glamorous gowns on the red carpet, she is often spotted sporting edgy streetwear looks while off-duty.

“I also want to create comfy athleisure. I love what Rihanna is doing. I think she’s incredible, and her (Fenty) line is great. I also love the Olsen twins. I’ve been a fan since the days of (1999 movie) Passport to Paris,” the model praised of her style inspirations. “It’s the same kind of thing I want to do – make stuff for myself, and if people gravitate toward it, brilliant.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Hailey noted that she would be interested in learning more about medicine if she wasn’t so heavily involved in the fashion world.

“(Previously), I wanted to maybe go to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and learn about design. In another life, I would have also loved to be a doctor. I’m interested in neuroscience; I love learning about the brain,” she smiled.

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Bella Hadid: ‘I need to stand up for myself’

Bella Hadid considers her biggest failure to be not standing up for herself more.The model answered a series of personal questions that were picked by Rihanna in a new interview for the Umbrella hitmaker’s guest-edited issue of i-D magazine, and when a…

Bella Hadid considers her biggest failure to be not standing up for herself more.

The model answered a series of personal questions that were picked by Rihanna in a new interview for the Umbrella hitmaker’s guest-edited issue of i-D magazine, and when asked what her biggest failure had been, Bella revealed it was when she didn’t “trust and nurture” her intuition.

“I learned that in order for me to grow and know my personal strengths, I need to own my decisions and stand up for myself and what I believe in,” she shared.

And the 23-year-old, who has walked for the likes of Chanel, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Versace, went on to reveal that the highlight of her career has been working with her idols.

“The biggest professional success for me has been being able to work alongside the men and women I have looked up to and watched since I was young,” Bella explained. “It’s been a blessing to watch these artists work and I feel lucky to be a small part of their big visions.”

She also shared her New Year’s resolutions and explained that she will be working towards being her “most authentic” self in the coming year.

“2020 is about leading with love and being the most authentic version of myself as possible ! I’ve seen myself and the people around me grow in so many different ways this year, and in so many aspects of life,” she stated.

“I surprised myself with what I found and I feel confident that I will be entering 2020 with a new perspective on my own personal, and professional happiness.”

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Gigi Hadid regrets not standing up for herself during photoshoots

Gigi Hadid regrets not standing up for herself during photoshoots when she knew something “wasn’t right”.The 24-year-old, who began her career back in 2013, reflected on her successes and failures in a candid interview for i-D magazine and shared her d…

Gigi Hadid regrets not standing up for herself during photoshoots when she knew something “wasn’t right”.

The 24-year-old, who began her career back in 2013, reflected on her successes and failures in a candid interview for i-D magazine and shared her disappointment at not being able to speak out when she knew something was wrong on set.

“I think my biggest failures in my life and my career have been when I haven’t had – or I wasn’t old enough to have – the confidence to stand up for myself when I knew what was happening on set wasn’t right,” Gigi explained. “I didn’t believe I had the voice to speak out. I guess through those disappointments in myself, or through disappointing others with my actions, I’ve really been able to learn. I try and grow from everything.”

Gigi did not elaborate on the inappropriate behaviour she faced.

She then explained that she worked through the failures by being honest with herself and having an inner dialogue that “forces” her to look at a problem from every perspective.

“You have to connect with your morals, with how you want to live your life, find your place. I learned that the hard way!” she laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gigi revealed her resolutions for 2020.

“I’m taking a fuller version of myself,” the model, who recently reunited with ex Zayn Malik, shared. “What I’m gonna leave behind is negativity.”

The catwalk superstar was handpicked by Rihanna and the team at i-D to appear in a special limited-edition issue titled “Rihannazine”. Other models to be interviewed and photographed by Mario Sorrenti included her sister Bella, Adwoa Aboah, and Paloma Elsesser.

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Rihanna collaborates with i-D magazine on special issue

Rihanna has teamed up with editors at i-D magazine to create a limited-edition issue.Bosses at the publication announced on Monday that they had collaborated with the fashion and beauty mogul to create the one-off special issue, dubbed the “Rihannazine…

Rihanna has teamed up with editors at i-D magazine to create a limited-edition issue.

Bosses at the publication announced on Monday that they had collaborated with the fashion and beauty mogul to create the one-off special issue, dubbed the “Rihannazine”, which celebrates “her ceaseless reign on the worlds of fashion, beauty and music” and their 40th anniversary.

“For me, this very special issue of i-D represents change and culture,” Rihanna said of the project in a statement. “It is dedicated to some of the people who are progressively reshaping the communities across fashion, music, art, and activism – creating a more inclusive and diverse future.”

Rihanna appears on the front and back cover of the publication, with the images showing her posing in clothing from her Fenty fashion brand. All photographs in the 144-page visually-driven magazine were shot by Mario Sorrenti.

She also helped Alastair McKimm, editor-in-chief of i-D, handpick 43 “incredible people” who have had an “inspirational and progressive impact across culture, art, fashion, and activism” to appear in the magazine. They include models Bella and Gigi Hadid, Paloma Elsesser, and Adwoa Aboah, screenwriter Lena Waithe, Euphoria actress Alexa Demie, and writers Roxane Gay and Zadie Smith, and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke. To accompany the publication, videos of Rihanna interviewing some of the stars will be posted on i-D’s Instagram page throughout the week.

“Working with Rihanna, we handpicked the people featured in this project for many different reasons; they may all represent different things but what unites them is everyone featured in these pages is incredibly inspirational,” said McKimm. “They are artists, writers, activists, musicians, and women on the front lines of the fashion industry.”

The special issue will have a limited print run of 5,000 copies, which can be purchased from 27 January.

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Rihanna calls it quits with Hassan Jameel – report

Rihanna has reportedly parted ways with her boyfriend, Hassan Jameel, after almost three years of dating.The Diamonds hitmaker was first linked to the Saudi billionaire in 2017, but she has rarely spoken about the relationship in public, preferring to …

Rihanna has reportedly parted ways with her boyfriend, Hassan Jameel, after almost three years of dating.

The Diamonds hitmaker was first linked to the Saudi billionaire in 2017, but she has rarely spoken about the relationship in public, preferring to keep their romance out of the spotlight.

However, it appears the couple is no more, according to multiple reports.

The news of the break-up emerges months after Rihanna admitted she was making her love life a priority.

“I got into a new relationship, and it matters to me,” she told her Ocean’s Eight co-star Sarah Paulson in a chat for Interview magazine last June.

“It was like, ‘I need to make time for this.’ Just like I nurture my businesses, I need to nurture this as well.”

Explaining how she had started to schedule personal days on her calendar so she has time to focus on her man, she shared, “I’ll shut things down for two days, three days at a time.

“On my calendar we now have the infamous ‘P,’ which means personal days. This is a new thing.”

The pop superstar also revealed she would love to one day become a mum, admitting she wants a family “more than anything in life”, and in October, she even confessed to having planned out her wedding dress, telling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour it would be “a collaboration between myself and (John) Galliano, of course”.

Prior to dating Jameel, Rihanna enjoyed romances with Drake, baseball player Matt Kemp, and Chris Brown, who infamously beat her up in a pre-Grammy Awards fight back in 2009.

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Rihanna allows pimple to ‘shine’ in make-up-free selfie

Rihanna had no qualms about allowing a pimple to “shine” in her latest selfie.The superstar took to Instagram on Monday to upload a snap of herself gazing at the camera with fresh skin and her new cornrow hairstyle. Rihanna wrote in the caption, “First…

Rihanna had no qualms about allowing a pimple to “shine” in her latest selfie.

The superstar took to Instagram on Monday to upload a snap of herself gazing at the camera with fresh skin and her new cornrow hairstyle.

Rihanna wrote in the caption, “First selfie of the year doe (sic). #2020.”

But while her post quickly racked up over four million likes, one follower commented, “Let me pop your pimple.”

The message quickly caught the 31-year-old’s attention and she responded: “Let her have her shine, PLEASE.”

However, the other comments were very positive, with actress Nia Long writing, “Pretty pretty… bad a*s”, and model Leomie Anderson adding, “Raw beauty and edges is all we ask for.”

Yet, Rihanna didn’t reply to a fan who joked about her decision to keep her upcoming album R9 under wraps for now.

“The fact that the pimple heard the album and we didn’t,” they posted.

When asked about when she would be releasing R9, the Umbrella hitmaker previously explained that she was juggling her music career with her commitments to building her Fenty Beauty line as well as her Savage X Fenty lingerie brand.

“I know I know sis. I’m doing music. Simultaneously doing lingerie, make-up, film, amongst a couple other things that I enjoy. when the music is ready, you won’t have to ask for it,” she stated. “But it’s coming. Just not today sis. I’m hype too tho, it can’t come soon enough for me (sic).”

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