Rihanna looks absolutely stunning on the cover of the December 2010 issue of Interview Magazine!!
The shoot was done by renown photographer Mikael Jansson and the interview inside was conducted by RiRi’s friend Kanye West, who has been penning quite a few cover stories (including his own) here recently. The rapper asked his Pop singer pal a lot of weird questions, like “how does it feel to know that you can turn a straight woman gay?” or “do you know any famous people now?” to which Rihanna responded with a simple (and understandable) “Huh?” Of course she knows famous people, Kanye! (LOL)
Definitely an interesting read if we must say so ourselves though. Check out the highlights (and pics) below!!
The Pink Tank
Kanye: So what inspired you to have that pink tank on your last tour? That was amazing, when you were sitting on top of the army tank.
Rihanna: I love to combine femininity with a kind of extreme masculine egde, and I felt like the tank is just not a typical thing that you think of when you think of a girl — or in any kind of relation to a girl. Then we made it hot pink. We just added that touch.
Kanye: I mean, people really need to see a photograph — the entire tank was pink. That was a great piece of commercial pop art. Was the idea of that to kind of portray an American Dream — like the fantasy of this hot black girl sitting on a top of a pink tank?
Rihanna: I never actually thought of it like that.
No one woman should have all that power…
Kanye: How does it feel to know that you could have any man in the world? Or woman? How does it feel to know that you can turn straight women gay?
Rihanna: Is that a real question?
Rihanna: Well … Thank you. I don’t know how to feel about that. I guess that’s flattering.
Kanye: But just to have that level of power. How do deal with it? No one woman should have that much power.
Rihanna: I try not to depend on it. It’s just a part of what’s happening right now in my life, and I appreciate it. It helps a lot. [Laughs]
Kanye: Do you have a vulnerable side? Because in a lot of of the singers that come out, you’re like “What’s my name, muhf**ka?” or “I’m a murderer.”
Rihanna: I do have a vulnerable side. I think a lot of people have a misperception of me. They only see the tough, defensive aggressive side. But every woman is vulnerable. They have vulnerability. So of course I’m going to have that side. It’s not a major part of who I am, but it’s definitely there. I just don’t like people to see me cry — I don’t like to let them know when I’m bothered. You know? I just prefer it to be all about business, and then whatever I’m dealing with, let me deal with that alone, because I don’t want it to affect anything in my professional life.
Kanye: I could probably learn something from that. [Rihanna laughs] But what’s it like when you have to tap into that part of yourself? You’ve started to do some acting, with this movie “Battleship.” What’s it like acting and going into film and working on movies? Is that something you want to do in the future? Maybe you want to just stop doing music altogether like Justin Timberlake did and just start acting?
Rihanna: Well, I don’t think that would ever happen. This is the first time I actually have ever been in a real movie and I’m really enjoying the experience actually.
Kanye: Have you been in fake movies before? You said this is the first real movie.
Rihanna: I did a cameo playing myself in “Bring it On: All or Nothing ,” but I never really had to act. I was just basically being myself. This is the first time I’ve had a role. I actually had to do do something that I had to get prepared for. I didn’t know if I was going to like it or hate it or love it. But I actually enjoy it and it’s something that I’m looking forward to in the future. But I’ll never shut off from music and just do film. I love music too much.
Getting signed, knowing famous people and having kids
Kanye: How did you get signed?
Rihanna: Well, I met Evan [Rogers] and Carl [Sturken], these two producers who live here in New York. They are both married to Barbadian women, so they go there to vacation all the time. My friend introduced me to them, and I sang for them, and we talked, and they had me and my mom come back a couple of days later. After that, we started traveling to New York, working on a demo. Within a year, it was done, and we sent it out. Def Jam was the first label to call back. We got other calls, but they were the most enthusiastic. It was so nerve-wracking, though, the whole experience.
Rihanna: I mean, I was 16. From Barbados. Like, you would never … the chances of ever meeting somebody famous or ever being signed — that was just a deadly combination. Like, I had to meet Jay-Z and audition for him at the same time.
Kanye: Do you know any famous people now?
Rihanna: Huh? [Laughs]
Kanye: So when you have kids, where do you want to live? Where do you want to bring them up?
Rihanna: Ah…That’s difficult to think about. Because where I’d want to live and where it would be possible for me to live are two different places. I would love to bring them up in Barbados. But with the career that I have, I definitely can’t do that. I can’t live that for away from everything now, without kids, so I certainly couldn’t raise kids and do that with the demanding schedule that I have.
Kanye: When do you think you’ll want to have kids?
Rihanna: Mmm…I don’t know actually. That depends on a lot of other sh*t. [Laughs]
Kanye: Like what? What are the deciding factors?
Rihanna: I mean, I have a lot of other stuff to accomplish before I get to kids. So…Whenever the time is right, I’ll just know. I don’t really plan on the age. It could be a year from now. It could be 10 years from now. Whenever is right.
Kanye: So a year from now, Rihanna could have a little shorty with little high-tops?
Rihanna: If I had a girl, she’d probably be really rebellious. She would be like a bundle of Karma.
Kanye is a mess! We’re still LOL-ing @ “do you know any famous people now?” And Rihanna was like “Huh?” He almost confused that poor child, SMH…