Rihanna: Excited to See 'Voluptuous' Figures in Fashion

06/09/2010 at 03:30 PM ET

Courtesy ELLE

A front-row regular at New York and Paris Fashion Week, Rihanna is known as a trendsetter–and not just for her daring fashion choices. In the July issue of Elle, the pop star, who in 2008 worked with Gucci on a series of ads to benefit UNICEF, says that as a woman of color, she was a groundbreaking choice for the campaign. “It’s clear there are definitely fewer black women in the high-fashion industry,” explains the Barbadian beauty, who shines in a beaded Balmain minidress on the magazine’s cover. “One of the things I respected most about Gucci was that they did a print campaign with me. I’m a black girl on a fashion spread for Gucci–that was a big deal. I respect designers who aren’t afraid to go outside the box.” And whether for a photo shoot or bounding down the runway, diversity is definitely something the star is excited to see in the fashion world. “I went to a Jean Paul Gaultier show, and I saw girls who are thicker than me, beautiful and voluptuous and different ethnicities. That made me so excited. I thought, Okay, I can work that, for sure,” she says. For more on Rihanna, pick up the July issue of Elle, which hits newsstands on June 15, or visit elle.com. –Marissa Patlingrao Cooley

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LURKER on

LUV ME SOME RIHANNA. MARRY ME GURL

LULU on

she looks whoa!! Horrible

catt on

HOWWWW OLLLLDD ISSS SHEE 50

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MARRY ME ARE U SERIOUS

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she is a very talented artist i love her sense of style im a huge rihanna fan!!!

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i also forgot to say i am soooo buying this issue onn newstands JULY 15 2010!!1

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how could u people b so mean to rihanna

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why r people sooooooooo mean??????????

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bcuz its people like u we cant stand jk i dont know

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today is a lovely day

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