The full shoot: Rihanna for ESSENCE (Jan/Feb 2021)

Rihanna covers American “Essence“ magazine (Jan/Feb 2021 issue) shot by Lorna Simpson

Rihanna covers ESSENCE magazine for the January/February 2021 issue. The 12-page portfolio entitled “Of Earth & Sky“ portrays Rihanna in collages shot and edited by Lorna Simpson.

The magazine celebrates the art of the 60-year-old artist/photographer who Rihanna calls a “legend“. Simpson is known for her interplay between historical memory, culture and identity and explores the stereotypes of race and gender. Speaking to ESSENCE she said:

“[Collaborating] with Rihanna and Essence magazine is quite incredible. As an artist, I’m able to deliver these unusual images of someone who is so well-known and so recognizable… It’s an amazing opportunity.“

Lorna Simpson

All shots out of Rihanna’s ESSENCE shoot with Lorna Simpson

Photographer/collages: Lorna Simpson
Writer: Zora Simpson Casebere
Styling: Jahleel Weaver
Creative Directon: Jahleel Weaver
Hair: Yusef Williams
Make-Up: Raisa Flowers using Fenty Skin / Fenty Beauty products
Manicure: Maria Salandra
Tailor: Grace Kim

Interim Deputy Editor: Cori Murray
Creative Director: Nia Lawrence
Graphic Design: Nia Lawrence
Fashion Editor: Nandi Howard
On-Set Art Director: Natalie Gialluca
Executive Video Producer: Stephanie Hodges-Dunivan