Ahead of the debut of Rihanna’s historic LVMH-partnered Fenty line, the recent Guava Island star is offering fans an early glimpse.

Monday, T Magazine dropped a Jeremy O. Harris x Rihanna interview, complete with a first look at the impending line.


“I never just wanted to put my name on something and sell my license,” Rihanna said of the partnership, which was announced earlier this month. “I’m very hands-on, so I wanted to take it slowly and gain respect as a designer. I already had a relationship with them after the Versailles campaign and the makeup line, so they extended the offer to me and it was a no-brainer because LVMH is a machine.”

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“You wear what looks good on you and that’s it,” says #Rihanna. “I’m thick and curvy right now, and so if I can’t wear my own stuff then, I mean, that’s not gonna work, right?” As the first black woman to run a major luxury fashion house, @badgalriri paid close attention to inclusivity when creating the @Fenty clothing line. Indeed, the mission of #Fenty, according to #JahleelWeaver, a stylist for Rihanna who is now the label’s style director, “is to really speak to how multifaceted today’s woman is. We’re thinking about each release as a different facet to a woman’s wardrobe and how she approaches dressing. Luxury has been defined in the past as one woman, one brand: You know who the Saint Laurent woman is, you understood who the Céline woman was when it was Phoebe. Which is fine, but you think about how that relates to the modern woman. I don’t think she is just one thing, Rih being the perfect example of that.” Click the link in our bio for Rihanna's full conversation with the playwright @JeremyOHarris, and to see more exclusive images of her new clothing line. Photographed by @KristinLeeMoolman, styled by @SuzanneKoller, makeup by @lauren.parsons, hair by Yusef (@yusefhairnyc), manicure by Jenny Longworth (@jennynails), set design by Andrew Tomlinson (@tomotattle).

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Asked about the historic nature of the partnership, which makes her the first black woman in charge of a major luxury Paris house, Rihanna revealed she didn’t even realize the feat until months into her talks with LVMH. Later, she was asked for her thoughts on how her presence in the fashion industry helps alleviate its historically non-inclusive ways.

“You’re going to be black wherever you go,” she said, noting that the issue in the fashion industry is “never” alleviated. “And I don’t know if it’s unfortunate or fortunate, because I love being black. So, sorry for those who don’t like it — that’s the first thing you see before you even hear my voice . . . I do know that the reason I’m here is not because I’m black. It’s because of what I have to offer.”