Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot exclusively for W
Rihanna is W magazine's September 2014 cover girl!
The 26-year-old singer stuns on the mag's new cover in a tribal-inspired spread.
For the cover image, RiRi appears topless while wearing a bulky metal necklace, gold ear cuffs and a bold nose piercing on her septum. The pop star looks gorgeous while wearing almost no makeup. Inside the issue, Rihanna sports edgy makeup and lots of fur in different nature-inspired setups. She's even surrounded by wolves in one shot.
"The face, the body, the confidence—the magnetism that she has is just ridiculous," makeup artist Kabuki told W of Rihanna. "That can't be learned."
As for the photo shoot's wild style, Kabuki dished, "I got the vibe that it was slightly animalistic, but also could be interpreted as tribal or survivalist—definitely somebody using their environment as part of their style...I did the makeup like it was an abstract painting."
"She doesn't need crazy makeup to be interesting," Kabuki added. "But if you do something strong on her, it's not going to overwhelm her. She's going to own it."
RiRi tweeted a bevy of gorgeous shots from her W shoot, writing, "The OFFICIAL #Cover for @Wmag September issue! Shot by Mert&Marcus!"
She also shared a few shot of her spread with famed models Naomi Campbell and Iman, writing, "3 Bad Balmain Bitche$ #BlackBeauty #3Generations #LEGENDS #BALMAIN @Wmag @Edward_Enninful."