Rihanna Gets A September Vogue Cover And A Court Date

For all the predictable things that happen in the fashion industry, once in a while a total curveball will come along. Here’s one for you today: Vogue Italia has named Rihanna their “Woman of the Year.”

The magazine justified their decision saying RiRi was the “undisputed best contender to the role of queen of pop.” They went on to rave that “her career has always been based on the cunning use of sexiness and provocation.”

Honestly, we’re a bit surprised. Sexiness and and the ability to provoke may be great qualities in a pop star, but they don’t necessarily make the best case for “Woman of the Year.” Then again, the magazine also sited her independence and energy as sources of inspiration. “She has managed to cultivate her career despite the many tragedies affecting her private life: from her father’s addiction to crack … to the violence caused to her in 2009 by [her] then-boyfriend, Chris Brown,” they wrote. Which, fair enough.

But, despite her September issue (actually make that issues, Ri covers Glamour next month, too), it’s not all good news for Rihanna. In February, the singer was sued by artist David LaChapelle for allegedly copying eight scenes from a film of LaChapelle’s in her S&M video.

The case is now rolling along and a pretrial date for Rihanna, her label, Def Jam, and director Melina Matsoukas has been set for August 10th in New York. It’s not looking too good for RiRi — the court has already acknowledged a number of similarities between the two videos.

LaChapelle, however, confessed to being a huge fan of the singer and said the lawsuit is “not personal,” but “strictly business.”

We have to hand it to Ms. Fenty; she is probably the only girl in the world to get a September issue and a court date in the same month — unless of course the rumors are true and Lindsay Lohan covers September’s Vanity Fair.

Check out Rihanna’s almost unrecognizable, but seriously fierce spread in Vogue Italia, below.

[Telegraph, Daily News, Hollywood Gossip]

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