Meanwhile, the makeup artist who prepped Rihanna shared on Twitter her experience working with the artist- “I was so nervous before the essence shoot because obviously I met Rihanna before but doing her makeup is another level you know. I remember just shaking in my bed then I had to remember you got this. DÖ?L (@raisaflowers) January 14, 2021
Facebook In 2018, she was awarded the Paul Getty Medal, and she was also honored by the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. It’s so fab
— BBW BRÅT? It’s not the regular photoshoot but is anything else normal or regular with the island beauty? I remember just saking in my bed then I had to remember ‘you got this’. “but I like reaching for the stars and I like challenging myself,” she said. Rihanna is the face of Essence Magazine’s January/ February 2021 issue in what is an exclusive collaboration with Fenty Beauty and celebrated artist Lorna Simpson in reinterpreting modern-day glamour. I was like she choose me for a reason. It’s so fab.”
The makeup artist, who is also of Guyanese heritage, as is Rihanna, reacted to a fan saying, “Guyanese girls unite.” She said, “exactly and people don’t even realize she is and she mentioned it many times.”
I was so nervous before the essence shoot because obviously I met Rihanna before but doing her makeup is another level you know. Simpson is known for her art that re-contextualizes images of black women from vintage pages of Ebony and Jet magazine. View this post on Instagram
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The collages feature crisp images of Rihanna in various outfits and styles as she embodies various elements of earth and sky, giving full 70s vibes. I was like she choose me for a reason. “Honestly, I just didn’t think I could get her,” Rihanna says of the idea she and her creative director came up with and then decided that Lorna would be the best person. According to Essence, as a first in the brand’s 50-year history, they commissioned the esteemed Lorna Simpson to work with the global star. The shoot offers a series of original photographic collages for the cover and 12-page portfolio entitled “Of Earth & Sky.”
Rihanna is quoted in the magazine referring to Lorna as a legend as her career spans three decades.