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Rihanna Channels Earth & Sky With Lorna Simpson for Ethereal ‘Essence’ Cover

Rihanna looks like an ethereal goddess for the January/February 2021 cover of Essence, which the magazine unveiled Thursday (Jan. 14).

The Bajan pop superstar shines like an immaculate Mother Earth in a series of photographic collages for the cover and 12-page portfolio titled “Of Earth & Sky,” captured by Lorna Simpson. The 60-year-old renowned artist, who’s famous for recontextualizing images of Black women from old Ebony and Jet magazine pages and earned the J. Paul Getty Medal in 2018, interpreted modern-day beauty by capturing the global star in a nebula, on a bridge and more larger-than-life sights.

“Lorna is a legend. Honestly, I just didn’t think I could get her. But I like reaching for the stars and I like challenging myself,” Rihanna told the magazine, adding, “It’s a natural trifecta. It’s like magic.”

“[Collaborating] with Rihanna and Essence magazine is quite incredible,” Simpson said on set. “As an artist, I’m able to deliver these unusual images of someone who is so well-known and so recognizable… It’s an amazing opportunity.”

Essence’s January/February 2021 issue will be available online and on newsstands starting next Tuesday.

Check out Rihanna’s latest Essence cover shoot here.

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