The candid camera moment is emblematic of the 1,000 glossy pictures within Rihanna. Published by Phaidon in three special editions – “This Shit Is Heavy”, “Drippy + the Brain” and “Stoner” – named according to their exclusivity and the material that binds them, the imagery spans childhood pictures, tour-diary snippets and holiday snapshots. There’s coverage of the star’s iconic Met Gala costumes, documentation of that legendary moment when Rihanna walked out a restaurant holding a glass of wine, and myriad insights into the entrepreneur’s private life.
What the blooming publicity shot doesn’t show is the removable poster that comes with the book, which Rihanna described as a “piece of art” at the Guggenheim launch party. Or the inserts and artful gateway folds between all of her “precious moments”. Race you to Waterstones, the Navy is probably already waiting in line. In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview. You’re welcome.