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Rihanna Dishes on Her Glam Team and "Really Personal" Album

01/13/2010 at 09:00 AM ET

Craig McDean/ W Magazine

How do you style a fashion icon for a cover shoot? In labels like Gucci, Dior and Van Cleef & Arpels if you’re putting together Rihanna‘s edgy spread for the February issue of W. The singer tells the magazine that she is embracing her new status as a role model following her assault by then-boyfriend Chris Brown: “I feel like this happened to me so I could be a voice for young girls who are going through what I went through and don’t know how to talk about it.” Coincidentally or not, her look has gotten tougher over the past year—with more spikes, studs and cut-outs than ever—as has her music. Rihanna tells W, “This was a different type of record for me. It was really personal; it was for me in the most authentic way. It’s like a movie in that when I was making the album, every day I was in a different mood. Sometimes I was pissed off, sometimes I was miserable, and every song brings out a different story,” she says, before admitting, “It’s still hard to listen to certain songs.” But one trapping of fame always makes her smile, admitting the best part of her day is “when I’m with my glam team getting my hair and makeup done — we talk so much s—!” For more of her latest pictorial, shot by Craig McDean, including this moody image in a glossy Dior python coat, check out the February issue of W on newsstands January 26, or visit wmagazine.com.

Craig McDean/ W Magazine

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Annie on

Rihanna looks absolutely AMAZING on the cover of W magazine’s February edition!!! We know she’s a femme fatale with a killer bod and looks, but this article displays her inner beauty. I love her style. She always keeps them guessing!!

noelle on

BRAVISSIMO!

such a lady on

Good jod Rihanna! You look great as always and love the album

jean091093 on

Rihanna you re the best in the world

WINTZ on

Work it! Rock it! Love it! That white dress Rihtastic! But then again what do u expect from a fashionista?

loviriri on

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….this woman can do NOOOO WRONG when it comes to fashion. She can put on some clogs, with a potato sack and some hair curlers and I guarantee you we would all be rocking potatoe sacks and haircurlers the next day…lolol

jjj on

It’s about time they put Rihanna on the cover of W. She is FABULOUS!

loveRiRi on

OMG SO GORGEOUS!!! ONE OF THE BEST shoots I’hve EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!!!

nikki on

She kinda has a ru-paul look going on here. love the dress but her make up has to go!

sunshine on

she’s georgeous… i love everything on the cover nd the shoot!

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