Rihanna returns the the cover of American Vogue posing for March 2014 edition in a session masterfully captured by David Sims with styling from magazine’s fashion editor Tonne GoodmanThe Rihanna Effect story features hair styling from Yusef Williams and makeup by makeup artist Diane Kendal.

I’d say Rihanna is about five-eight, but she is wearing four-inch pointy-heeled Saint Laurent black suede booties with leather ties wrapped around her ankles. “I can dance in them,” Rihanna says. “It’s not about pain. It’s about the commitment. I say to myself, ‘I want to look like this,’ and worry about the pain later. I’ve had nights I had to tiptoe home and the balls of my feet wouldn’t even allow me to stand.” She is dressed in a denim “suit”—or a very modern, Rihanna-ish version of one. Made by a designer named Jen Kao, the suit consists of high-waisted, skintight dark denim pants and a matching shirt that is left unbuttoned and reaches almost to her knees. Underneath she wears a polo-neck black bodysuit with a chunky gold chain at her throat. Her gold hoop earrings are saucer-size. She has a gold snake-shaped bangle on her arm. Rings and henna-style tattoos are layered across her fingers and hands. “My jewelry’s all fake—from Claire’s. Or I get it from my mom’s boutique in Barbados. Her shop’s called FAB-U-LUS.” (I love that Rihanna, who, according to Forbes, earned $43 million last year, wears throwaway jewelry.) – from American Vogue

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