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For the latest issue of Carine Roitfeld’s eponymous publication, CR Fashion Book, Rihanna was chosen as the perfect cover star of the magazine’s fall/winter issue and ninth edition. To understand why Ri Ri was the ideal candidate, it’s important to know that CR 9 is entirely dedicated to one of history’s most controversial and misunderstood heroines: Marie Antoinette.

Seeing a parallel between Antoinette and contemporary female celebrities, Carine drew on Antoinette’s unapologetic attitude and individualistic fashion for creative direction.

For the cover, Carine and Terry Richardson reimagined Rihanna as a modern-day Marie Antoinette. The photos are artistic in the sense of the vast world of symbolism behind them – representations of femininity and questions of societal perception drove the vision behind the cover shoot.

To pre-order CR9 head on over to CR Fashion Book‘s official website.

Words by Marcus Cho