Rihanna Has Created a Gigantic, Totally Over-the-Top Book of Her Most Glamorous Photos Ever, and It’s an Objet d’Art. See Inside Here

See the pop star's life in megawatt pictures.

En route to Christian Dior show, Paris, 2014. Photo: Dennis Leupold.
En route to Christian Dior show, Paris, 2014. Photo: Dennis Leupold.

This year, we’re not giving thanks for a new Rihanna studio album, but to tide us over, the Barbados-born pop star turned fashion mogul has gifted the world with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at her life, in a weighty 500-page visual autobiography.

Why opt for images to tell the story of her fabulous life? At the party for the book release (held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), she told WWD: “I don’t got time for a memoir.”

It’s certainly believable, based on the jam-packed schedule she appears to keep, beginning at a young age when she was discovered performing in Barbados and continuing nonstop with chart-topping studio albums, concert tours, and an extremely successful recent foray into the fashion and beauty industries.

But lately, she has found time to take in some art as well: the star was spotted at Art Basel in Switzerland in June and Frieze London in October. (Her boyfriend, Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel, has art connections also: his family is behind Dubai’s Jameel Arts Centre.) So perhaps its not surprising that her visual autobiography would be published by Phaidon, the bookmaker behind monographs for such cultural titans as Le Corbusier, Agnes Martin, and Bruce Nauman.

"Rihanna" (2019). Courtesy of Phaidon.

“Rihanna” (2019). Courtesy of Phaidon.

The book, in its standard issue, will run you $150. But the pop star also collaborated with design duo the Haas Brothers on three limited edition stands, so you can display your Rihanna book like the work of art it truly is. The “Rihanna: Fenty x Phaidon” edition comes with a “This Shit Is Heavy” stand, modeled after the star’s own tattooed hands for $175; the “Rihanna: Luxury Supreme” edition features a Drippy and the Brain gold bookstand and is signed by the designers and Rihanna (available for $5,500); and the “Rihanna: Ultra Luxury Supreme” edition is a black-covered book set atop the Haas Brothers’ Stoner marble stand ($75,000—and also, miraculously, sold out).

If you can’t afford a limited edition stand (or a $150 book), get a taste of the photographs from “Rihanna” below.

All images courtesy of Phaidon. 

The Rihanna: Fenty x Phaidon edition. Courtesy of Phaidon.

The Rihanna: Luxury Supreme edition. Courtesy of Phaidon.

Rihanna: Ultra Luxury Supreme. Courtesy of Phaidon.

Safari, Johannesburg, 2013. Photo: Dennis Leupold.

Safari, Johannesburg, 2013. Photo: Dennis Leupold.

On the set of the “Bitch Better Have My Money” video with Rachel Roberts, Sanam Sindhi, and Sita Abellan, Los Angeles, 2015. Photo: Dennis Leupold.

En route to Stella McCartney show, Paris, 2014. Photograph: Dennis

En route to Stella McCartney show, Paris, 2014. Photo: Dennis Leupold.

Rihanna with Marcos Tovar and Kuk Harrell recording ANTI album, Malibu, CA. (2015). Photo: Dennis Leupold, courtesy Phaidon.

Rihanna with Marcos Tovar and Kuk Harrell recording ANTI album, Malibu, CA, 2015. Photo: Dennis Leupold.

Rihanna on stage in white – Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile, 2015. Photo: Dennis Leupold.

Rihanna on stage in white – Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile, 2015. Photo: Dennis Leupold.

Backstage with Nadine “Hi-Hat” Ruffin, Monica Fenty, Naphia White, and Mylah Morales, Anti World Tour, AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, 2016. Photo: Dennis Leupold.

Backstage with Nadine “Hi-Hat” Ruffin, Monica Fenty, Naphia White, and Mylah Morales, Anti World Tour, AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, 2016. Photo: Dennis Leupold.

Diamonds World Tour, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2013. Photo: Dennis Leupold.


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