There is no doubt that Rihanna is an absolute icon in the business world, music or fashion industry. With constant memes being made of Rihanna sporting questionable styles, that swallow models that showcase the clothing on runways but look simply amazing on the Fenty Queen, with caption “It is ugly until Rihanna says it isn’t,” it does not shock the public that Vogue chose the “Work” singer to be the cover of their British Vogue September issue. What shocks the public however, is that Riri is the first black woman to do so.

Continuously proving that barriers were meant to be broken, Rihanna sports a hot pink Prada dress, Savage x Fenty gloves, a flower headdress and thin, drawn-on eyebrows, a look that can be considered as “ugly until Rihanna says it isn’t.”

The magazine’s editor-in-chef Edward Enninful styled the cover and photo shoot. In his editor’s letter, Edward wrote that he knew it had to be Rihanna on the cover for the magazine’s September issue.

“I always knew it had to be Rihanna,” he wrote. “A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her. No matter how haute the styling goes, or experimental the mood, you never lose her in the imagery. She is always Rihanna. There’s a lesson for us all in that. Whichever way you choose to dress the new season, take a leaf out of her book and be yourself.”

Enninful wrote that the two talked about diversity and Rihanna’s life as a diva for the accompanying profile. The photos were captured by photographer Nick Knight.

British Vogue’s September issue hits newsstands on Aug. 3.