Rihanna has been captured in not one but seven brand spanking new covers for Complex, in celebration of her seventh album, Unapologetic. Of course! How could we forget? That magic number has more than a little significance to her and the other members of the #RihannaPlane. Inside, the February/March cover story presents RiRi as both a perennial chart presence and graduate-level study in social media, thanks to the uncensored sharing of her morning rituals and bedtime companions. Chris Brown is once again a topic of discussion, because he always is where Rihanna is concerned, yet her fearless, intimidating armor proves itself to be penetrable when real emotions surrounding the on-again, off-again and at times, destructive, relationship come into play.
Whether you’re looking to defend your unabashed love for RiRi with some shocking yet empowering statements or trying to prepare for just what she could possibly throw at us next, we’ve pulled her best, DGAF tidbits from the piece. With an upcoming tour it appears this consequence-free living streak isn’t going anywhere, and bras are still not a requirement for life on the road. Check it out below.
1. On Her Instagram Activity
“I’m capturing personality… Everybody has their thing they like or don’t like to see. It’s all in your head. That’s why people take their own pictures, because it’s difficult for someone else to capture what you seek.”
To budding photographers out there, Rihanna also provides some tips for how to take your best “selfie,” including: “If it’s boobs, make sure you hit that. If it’s face, make sure it’s fierce.”
2. On Always Having a Mouth
“I was so rude when I was a little girl. I got my ass beat by my mother for that. Most of the time it was because of my mouth.”
3. On Filling Unapologetic With True Content and Honest Emotions
“I needed to be open and free and fearless. Basically say, ‘Fuck it.’ What’s the worst that can happen? They’ll hate me? They’ve done that before.”
4. On Taylor Swift-type Love Songs
“It was giving me hope, that song ['Diamonds']. I was tired of angry love songs. Love doesn’t always have to be about breakups, and ‘We’re never going to be together again.’ It could be sweet. It could be, ‘Hell yeah! We’re diamonds!’”
5. On The Status of Her Relationship with Chris Brown
“It’s nobody’s business.”
Rihanna: Full Exposure [Complex]
[Photos: Zoe McConnell]