The minimal cover story comes in the form of two Q&As: one with the writer, about Fenty Beauty, and one in which various celebrities ask her 19 things. To me, that signals that Elle did not anticipate Rihanna being very loquacious and/or having much time or patience for a sit-down, so they planned ahead rather than having to scramble laer (ahem, Vanity Fair). Indeed, the celeb portion at the very least was answered by e-mail or text, as the replies are pretty brief and many include “LOL.” There is also this:
Laverne Cox, Actress: You’ve had so many iconic fashion moments and take so many risks. The CFDA Awards Adam Selman dress in 2014—what gave you the courage to take that risk that was so perfect and elegant yet daring?
Dear Laverne, I took advantage of my titties before they go south. I saw my window, and I took it.
And of course this:
Charli XCX, Singer/Songwriter: What’s your ultimate karaoke song?
Bon Jovi, “Livin’ on a Prayer”; Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’ ”; Brandy and Monica, “The Boy Is Mine.”
I would pay GOOD MONEY to see Rihanna do either of those first two.