Rihanna covers Essence magazine, in collaboration with Lorna Simpson

 pagesix.com  01/14/2021 20:32:49   Melissa Minton

Rihanna’s a masterpiece.

The music and fashion icon, 32, covers the January/February 2021 issue of Essence looking like a painting, thanks to artist Lorna Simpson.

Simpson created original photographic collages for the cover and a 12-page portfolio entitled, Of Earth & Sky,” with the pop star posing against the galaxy, in an oyster shell, with rough diamonds on her head and more.

Rihanna called Simpson whose work often explores representation, identity, gender, race and history “a legend,” and told the magazine she was nervous about reaching out to collaborate.

Honestly, I just didnt think I could get her. But I like reaching for the stars and I like challenging myself,” she explained.

[Collaborating] with Rihanna and Essence magazine is quite incredible, Simpson told the publication.

As an artist, Im able to deliver these unusual images of someone who is so well-known and so recognizable& Its an amazing opportunity.

Its like magic,” Rihanna concluded of the otherworldly images.

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