Art lovers are in awe of Rihanna’s Essence cover. The images are courtesy of Lorna Simpson, who shot the artist for the 12-page portfolio featured in the January/February issue of Essence.
The images depict Rihanna channeling the “Earth & Sky,” while wearing designs from Prada, Rick Owens, Hood by Air, and her own Savage X Fenty.
The issue features an essay from Simpson’s daughter, actress, and model Zora Simpson Casebere, who says Rihanna’s, “voice and art that became my portals to so many questions about sexuality, sexual exploration, and sexual autonomy,” during her early teen years.
Zora says when Rihanna stepped into the room from the shoot, “She was the very definition of grace, charisma, and influence.”