In the magazine’s May 2022 issue, cover star Rihanna discusses her belly-baring style, life with A$AP Rocky, and her long-awaited new music.
To date, Rihanna’s first pregnancy has been full of memorable fashion moments. But as Black Maternal Health Week launched, the multi-hyphenate megastar made her most iconic maternity fashion statement yet, covering the May 2022 issue of
What she and A$AP Rocky have kept hidden, however, is their baby’s gender, though there has been heavy speculation. “When we’re ready to tell the world, we’ll just tell them,” Rihanna shares. Likewise for sharing any definitive plans for their future as a couple. “I just feel like I can do any part of life by his side,” she says.
And yes, music is still a part of that life, though whatever plans Rih had for that long-awaited ninth album have understandably shifted amid recent developments.
“I’m looking at my next project completely differently from the way I had wanted to put it out before. I think this way suits me better, a lot better,” she says. “It’s authentic, it’ll be fun for me, and it takes a lot of the pressure off.”
For the immediate future, she’s looking forward to meeting her first child. “They’re going to teach me more than I could ever teach them,” she says. “I want to see who they are in the world, who they become. Because I’m just here to keep them on the rails—a passenger as much as the driver.”
Read Rihanna’s cover story in full at Vogue.com.
Maiysha Kai is Lifestyle Editor of theGrio, covering all things Black and beautiful. Her work is informed by two decades’ experience in fashion and entertainment, a love of great books and aesthetics, and the indomitable brilliance of Black culture. She is also a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and editor of the YA anthology Body (Words of Change series).
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