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Rihanna Snags Third Vogue Cover for March 2014

Rihanna Covers Vogue March 2014 photographed by David Sims

Rihanna Covers Vogue March 2014 photographed by David Sims

For the third time in her growing career, Rihanna covers the March 2014 issue of Vogue Magazine, all in the course of four years. It kind of serves as an early (or should I say late?) birthday gift to the star, who will turn 26 this Thursday, February 20th.

Inside her cover story entitled “The Rihanna Effect: How The Unstoppable Pop Diva Became A Full-On Fashion Force,” she speaks on various topics such as her difficult fashion choices, her love for Instagram, being compared to other artists, and something that may seem as a shocker to ya’ll as much as it did to me — not being a rebel on purpose.

Lensed by photographer David Sims, Rihanna wears pieces from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford Miu Miu, Versace and more. Her hair is styled by Yusef Williams with makeup by Diane Kendal for Marc Jacobs Beauty.

Take a look at a few of the excerpts below, check out the simple yet sexy photos from the shoot, and grab the issue when it hits newsstands on February 25th.

On her difficult fashion choices:

“It’s not about pain. It’s about the commitment. I say to myself, ‘I want to look like this,’ and worry about the pain later. I’ve had nights I had to tiptoe home and the balls of my feet wouldn’t even allow me to stand.”

Rihanna wearing Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane sequined one-shoulder top; Cécile zu Hohenlohe ring for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane sequined one-shoulder top; Cécile zu Hohenlohe ring for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Riccardo Tisci draped jersey top, sequined trousers, and embellished sandals for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci draped jersey top, sequined trousers, and embellished sandals for Vogue March 2014

On her love for Instagram:

“Instagram is my way of communicating to the world. When I’m on tour, I keep fans in the loop. I don’t really think about it too much. Literally, I can be sitting in a car and be bored, so I do a selfie just because I’m bored. Or if my dog is running around in circles and I think that’s funny, I put it on Instagram.”

Rihanna wearing  Alexander Wang jacket with contrast topstitching and matching shorts for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Alexander Wang jacket with contrast topstitching and matching shorts for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Rodarte plaid silk shirt, bra, leopard brocade skirt, hat, padlock chain necklace, studded suspenders, and belt for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Rodarte plaid silk shirt, bra, leopard brocade skirt, hat, padlock chain necklace, studded suspenders, and belt for Vogue March 2014

On being compared to other artists:

“It’s not all down to my voice. There’s people with way more talent than I when it comes to singing. Bigger voices. But people want to know who you are.”

Rihanna wearing Alexander McQueen crocodile bra top, laser-cut leather skirt, gold cloche hat, cuffs, choker, and harness for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Alexander McQueen crocodile bra top, laser-cut leather skirt, gold cloche hat, cuffs, choker, and harness for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Tom Ford double-breasted wool jacket, pants, and leather belt. Vhernier (on left) and Repossi rings for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Tom Ford double-breasted wool jacket, pants, and leather belt, Vhernier ring (on left) and Repossi ring (on right) for Vogue March 2014

On not being a rebel, at least not on purpose:

“I don’t go out of my way to be a rebel or to have that perception. But a lot of the decisions I make, a lot of the direction I want to move, is against the grain, or against society’s tight lane, and I’m aware of that sometimes. It might not be fitting with the norm, but that’s OK for me.”

Rihanna wearing Miu Miu embellisheda silk dress; Repossi multi-piercing earring with diamonds for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Miu Miu embellisheda silk dress; Repossi multi-piercing earring with diamonds for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Versace silver mesh draped dress with black skirt. Lynn Ban coil rings for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Versace silver mesh draped dress with black skirt. Lynn Ban coil rings for Vogue March 2014

On her different hairstyles every few months or so:

“It’s not my hair, but the girl who donated it, she’s the bomb. Black girls never let anyone see this. I have two main hair people I work with. They’re always with me. I’m like, ‘I’m bored! I wanna change my hair!’ That’s the good thing about a weave. You can do whatever with it.”

 

Rihanna wearing Maison Martin Margiela for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Maison Martin Margiela for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Calvin Klein Collection dress and sandals; Ann Demeulemeester necklace for Vogue March 2014

Rihanna wearing Calvin Klein Collection dress and sandals; Ann Demeulemeester necklace for Vogue March 2014