Rihanna’s Vogue Cover Shoot: Go Behind the Scenes with Our May Cover Star

When it comes to turning a look, Rihanna gives the supermodels a run for their money. The multi-talented star has never met an outfit she can’t pull off or a camera that doesn’t yield to her charms, all of which makes her a welcome presence on the cover of Vogue. This time (her seventh!), Rihanna took her much-discussed maternity style to the next level by posing for Annie Leibovitz in a suite at The Ritz. One of the few who could make leaning on a Paris balcony in a floor-length Marc Jacobs coat and Savage X Fenty briefs seem like a reasonable proposition. Rihanna makes the epic runway looks selected by stylists Alex Harrington and Jahleel Weaver seem like a second-skin.

Though the final images have all the grandeur and glamour one expects from a Leibovitz story, the mood behind the scenes was cozy and convivial. A reunion between creative collaborators, the shoot allowed Rihanna the chance to reconnect with old pals, experiment with the latest collections, and—most importantly—talk about all things baby. In her third trimester and having a blast, she’s ready for all motherhood entails. “I’m excited by the challenge and accepting of it,” Rihanna shared on set. “I’ve surrendered to my journey, and I’m enjoying it. [My mother] is super excited to be a grandma.” 

Approaching her pregnancy with a spirit of exuberance, Rihanna even shared a few predictions about what life has in store for her growing family. “I’m looking forward to being a teacher, but more so a student,” she says. “Because I think I’m going to learn more from my kid than I could ever teach them.” 

Here an exclusive look behind the scenes of the instantly iconic cover story. 

Creative Directors: Anna Page Nadin, Alexandra Gurvitch
Director of Photography: Evan E. Rogers
Editor: Caitlin Carr
Supervising Producer: Jordin Rocchi
Post-Production Supervisor:  Marco Glinbizzi
Post-Production Coordinator: Andrea Farr
Color: Alexia Salingaros
Audio: Christian Stropko
Graphics: Léa Kichler
Assistant Editor: Justin Symonds
Photographer: Annie Leibovitz
Filmed on Location: The Ritz Paris
Fashion Editor: Alex Harrington, Jahleel Weaver
Hairstylist: Jawara
Makeup Artist: Kanako Takase
Tailor: Grace Kim
Manicurist: Cam Tran
Set Design: Mary Howard Studios
Floral Design: Lachaume
Global Entertainment Director: Sergio Kletnoy
Director of Content: Rahel Gebreyes
VP, Digital Video Programming and Development: Joe Pickard

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