Is Rihanna Going Goth? Her ‘what Now’ Artwork Makes Us Think So

Check out more photos of Rihanna on safari after the jump. Literally out of a fashion spread, both of them. That giraffe? Giving you NECK! Clad in some thigh-high, stilletto-heeled, camo leather boots, no pants, and a shirt that reads “FAME,” Rihanna is giving us, well, 100 percent pure unadulterated RIHANNA in these vacay pictures, which the ” Pour It Up ” singer posted on Instagram earlier this morning. Vacation picture or single cover art? We really can’t tell. Like, we’re sure that if we went on a family trip to this animal enclosure outside of South Africa’s largest city, our parents would make us stand a safe 10-15 feet away from any and all cheetahs to take our cheesy smiley shots. But, Rihanna? Even her tourist self is set to cool, detached ” FASHION KILLA ” mode, getting up-close and personal on even the greatest of great cats. PAGING CUTE OVERLOAD!

22 concert in Tel Aviv, a decision that has delighted her legions of Israeli fans but angered proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a global campaign calling for the use of political and economic pressure to compel Israel to withdraw from Palestinian land. SEE MORE: From the October 15, 2013 issue of Variety Known in the Twittersphere as #BDS, the movement has been gaining momentum since its inception in 2005, and has caused ripple effects across Israels academic, agricultural and manufacturing sectors. Its proponents, who consider Israels policies against Palestinians tantamount to apartheid, have pushed with success for Israels detractors to adopt a total refusal to purchase Israeli products, to target corporations and universities that do business with Israel, and to encourage governments to levy penalties against the Jewish state until it fully withdraws from the territories it captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and allow all Palestinian refugees the right of return to their pre-1948 homes. Artists and entertainers have been drawn into the fray, with directors bowing out of film fests, musicians scrapping concerts and intellectuals refusing Israeli awards in a bid to avoid traveling to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. In July, Reluctant Fundamentalist helmer Mira Nair spurned an invitation to bring her film to the Haifa Film Festival, writing on Twitter, I will go to Israel when the walls come down I will go to Israel when Apartheid is over I stand with the (Palestinian Campaign) for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and the larger Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement. Nair is one of the biggest names to bow to the pressure. While the BDS movement has gained global support, and nearly 14,000 users follow @BDSmovement on Twitter, the past few years have seen some of the worlds most prominent artists ignoring BDS pressure and even issuing statements condemning the injection of politics into their profession. This past summer, Alice Walker wrote an open letter to songstress Alicia Keys , urging her to cancel a planned July 4 concert in Tel Aviv. Keys nevertheless went ahead, with the singer explaining to the New York Times, I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show. Online petitions and campaigns sometimes bordering on harassment are routine. Jon Bon Jovi, Elvis Costello and the Pixies have all nixed scheduled concerts after facing such intimidation, which appears in floods of Facebook messages, viral letters and tweets, and threats of blowback in the form of diminished ticket sales in other locations across the globe. But when a truly big music act books a tour date in Tel Aviv, BDS has, so far, floundered. Triumphs for the Twitter counter-movement that calls itself #BDSFail have included 2012 sellouts by Madonna, Lady Gaga and Linkin Park, along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Rihanna Wore Vintage Chanel To Go Shark Diving


In the past three days she’s posted pics with a lion cub, a giraffe, a “G’d up” crab , and a penguin. She also appears to have a professional photographer with her, which leads us to believe Rih is either planning a children’s book or a holiday coffee table book: She X Animalz (our suggested title for either and/or both). Since a trip to an aquarium and zoo is the perfect setting for an Rihanna-approved fashion shoot (where isn’t though, amirite?), Rih has been wearing designer threads to hang out with her new, non-human friends. Awkward sidebar: she and a penguin both showed up in Givenchy and Miu Miu . After that embarrassing experience, Rih wasn’t gonna mess with anything current to swim with sharks. She needed to go vintage. Rihanna in vintage Chanel. Photo: @ badgalriri Instagram Rih teased her shark diving look with a # SELFIE , but we were too distracted by her pink Prabal Gurung X Linda Farrow sunglasses and long braid to even notice that her bikini top was #CCertified. Thankfully, Rih followed up with a shot of the pink and yellow-trimmed suit and the matching cardigan and pants and captioned it “..vintage Chanel swimsuit suit…” That got our attention. We even managed to spot the tiny, intersecting yellow Cs on the right corner of her bathing suit. If you’re going to risk your life and swim with sharks (it’s probably totally safe but still), you may as well do it wearing Chanel. I wouldn’t do it any other way, TBH.

Rihanna and Other Artists Who Play Israel Feel the Pressure

Her ‘What Now’ Artwork Makes Us Think So The singer teased fans with the single’s art on Wednesday, as he preps for a busy fall. By Jocelyn Vena (@jocelyn1212) Take note: Rihanna is still not apologizing. On Wednesday (October 16), she shared the artwork for her latest Unapologetic single, “What Now.” In it, the singer’s rocking a goth look, complete with a very smoky eye, a big cross and slinky black dress. The look mirrors the one she wore on the set of the music video, shot back in September. A release date hasn’t been confirmed for the visual, which comes hot on the heels of her twerk-filled, stripper-themed video for “Pour It Up.” The fact that Rihanna is opting to continue to release new music off 2012’s Unapologetic bucks with her trend of dropping a new album every November. To date, she’s released an album every November since 2009’s Rated R. But Rihanna’s still got a busy fall ahead of her. She’ll be wrapping up the remainder of her Diamonds Tour on November 15 in New Orleans, and her Bravo fashion competition series, “Styled To Rock,” is slated to premiere on October 25 . In addition to enlisting hitmaker Pharrell Williams, supermodel Erin Wasson and her own stylist, Mel Ottenberg as mentors, the show will also boast appearances from Khloe Kardashian, Carly Rae Jepsen, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Osbourne, Kid Cudi and Kylie Minogue. Rihanna’s “What Now” single art Photo: Def Jam

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