There’s an unspoken rule of the celebrity universe that pop star (and general art person) Rihanna is allowed to do whatever the hell she wants at any given time.
Usually, Riri pushes the boundaries as far as possible, wearing denim stilettos that are also pants while twerking on Drake in a manner explicit enough to make even the most jaded feel emotions.
Now, however, Rihanna’s stepping into fantasy role play.
For W magazine‘s opulent September cover, the Bajan bombshell steps into Westerosi shoes (uh, boots?) to play an apocalyptic, armor-clad queen of war. The photos, shot by Steven Klein, depict Rihanna in both war and peace wearing custom Prada and Margiela.
If you recognize Klein’s name, it’s because he just recently shot Kanye West‘s enigmatic Wolves video.
Listen, if Cersei can sit on the Iron Throne and Mariah Carey can advertise for World of Warcraft, it’s timefor Rihanna stepup and takeher place among diva royalty.
According to W, Rihanna plays a character called Tomorrow, “the last woman on earth and the ruling warrior queen in a dark, dystopian future.
Edward Enninful, W’s creative director, explains in a behind-the-theme essay that the shootwas inspired by Rihanna’s desire to avoid ever doing the same thing twice.
The thing about Rihanna is that she never wants to repeat something she’s done, and she did a video where she wore lots of camouflage so I knew I didn’t want to do a military story. Instead, I wanted to do something that was set in the future world.
I can’t help but wonder if sci-fi refugees always wear quite so many Cartier diamonds so many, in fact, that five brand employees had to fly the jewels to the US for the shoot.