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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Erin O’Connor discusses why her thoughts on #MeToo have changed

Erin O’Connor initially dismissed the #MeToo movement as “glamorous noise from Hollywood” but has now changed her mind.The movement gained traction in the wake of the wave of sexual abuse allegations that began to sweep Hollywood in late 2017, though s…

Erin O’Connor initially dismissed the #MeToo movement as “glamorous noise from Hollywood” but has now changed her mind.

The movement gained traction in the wake of the wave of sexual abuse allegations that began to sweep Hollywood in late 2017, though social activist Tarana Burke actually coined the phrase in 2006.

In an essay for British GQ, English model Erin has discussed how her thoughts on #MeToo have drastically changed in recent months, as well as opening up about her “complex relationship with feminism”.

“Up until now I haven’t been on a march. I have trudged daily, believing in my own feminism, but couldn’t find my place in the movement. What changed?” she wrote. “Fundamentally, I haven’t changed, but the way I look at the Me Too movement has.

“To be blunt, my initial reaction to Me Too was that it was mainly glamorous noise from Hollywood. For every black dress swishing into focus, I feared we weren’t having conversations about everyday autonomy. How do we reach women whose daily existence is filled with fear, anguish and hopelessness, women who are trapped and punished and stifled because of being born the wrong race, the wrong class, the wrong sex?”

This led the 40-year-old to ask herself why she was more focused on the “women in black”, celebrities wearing black at big award ceremonies, rather than the perpetrators of sexual abuse.

She was also hit with the realisation that it is critical for older women to embolden the next generation, a fact that hit home after she listened to Baroness Helena Kennedy talking at a debate titled Has The Me Too Movement Gone Too Far?

“A willingness to listen is a willingness to change,” she continued. “And now I feel wholly determined to celebrate and promote Me Too and the many narratives it holds. I want to hear those future generations. I want to learn from them and see their battles won.

“Feminism is too often perceived as a barrier, but what it should be – for all genders – is an enlightenment.”

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