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Rihanna Dishes on Her Glam Team and "Really Personal" Album

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Craig McDean/ W Magazine

How do you style a fashion icon for a cover shoot? In labels like Gucci, Dior and Van Cleef & Arpels if you’re putting together Rihanna‘s edgy spread for the February issue of W. The singer tells the magazine that she is embracing her new status as a role model following her assault by then-boyfriend Chris Brown: “I feel like this happened to me so I could be a voice for young girls who are going through what I went through and don’t know how to talk about it.” Coincidentally or not, her look has gotten tougher over the past year—with more spikes, studs and cut-outs than ever—as has her music. Rihanna tells W, “This was a different type of record for me. It was really personal; it was for me in the most authentic way. It’s like a movie in that when I was making the album, every day I was in a different mood. Sometimes I was pissed off, sometimes I was miserable, and every song brings out a different story,” she says, before admitting, “It’s still hard to listen to certain songs.” But one trapping of fame always makes her smile, admitting the best part of her day is “when I’m with my glam team getting my hair and makeup done — we talk so much s—!” For more of her latest pictorial, shot by Craig McDean, including this moody image in a glossy Dior python coat, check out the February issue of W on newsstands January 26, or visit

Craig McDean/ W Magazine