For a superstar like Rihanna, it’s expected that she only chooses to be part of projects, collaborations, shoots, etc., that she feels totally inspired by. Which is why you’ll find her covering the 150th-anniversary issue for Harper’s Bazaar, not only in honor of the magazine but also “in honor of a woman who held her own with the big boys,” she explained in her feature. For the record: That woman is Amelia Earhart.
While you may not have realized that Bad Gal was a fan of the heroine, there’s no doubt about it from looking at the latest images from her spread. “There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world,” she expressed, alongside an essay from Earheart herself, republished from a 1929 issue of Bazaar. “It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.”
The artist and the publication teased out photos from the March issue on Instagram this morning that show split screens of both pioneering ladies, as well as the cover image, which is simply a striking close-up of the singer and Fenty x Puma designer. But take our word: The full Harper’s Bazaar feature—including both Earhart’s fascinating take on fashion, feminism, and aviation, and Rihanna’s glamorous utilitarian spread—is worth a read.
Scroll down for a peek at the anniversary issue before it hits stands on February 21.
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