Now is that very special time of year, just before bathing-suit season, when women are more harshly scrutinizing their bikini not-ready bodies, trying to cut back on the booze, and digging out their sports bras. And Vogue comes along with its annual "Shape" issue to be their best girlfriend, to help them realize that their perceived bodily imperfections are okay — and that Gisele still had a six-pack after she had her baby. Vogue is there for women, this nerve-racking time of year, to show them images of super-hot celebrities and models who will talk about how they came to accept their super-hot selves. Rihanna, the cover headline promises, talks about "how she really feels about her curves." Would you guess that she says she likes them?
Though Rihanna has the kind of Amazon body some women would kill for, she says she has only recently become content with her shape. “Over the holidays, and even during filming, I realized that I actually like my body, even if it’s not perfect according to the book. I just feel sexy. For the first time, I don’t want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up. My body is comfortable, and it’s not unhealthy, so I’m going to rock with it.”
The real challenge in dressing Rihanna isn't her body, which is obviously amazing-looking — it's her hair.
“It’s been more of a challenge to figure out looks that are going to work with the hair and not compete with it,” says her stylist Mariel Haenn, with whom she’s been collaborating since 2006. Her solution has been to move Rihanna toward something completely soft and feminine, and away from “the tough, hard look that kind of got imprinted as her signature style,” says Haenn.
Haenn acknowledges that Rihanna has worn some adventurous, debatable looks: "But because of her confidence, it never looks like a costume — it seems effortless." So much for cutting back on the booze.
Rihanna: Living Out Loud [Vogue]