Why do cool, big stars keep working with very bad people? Much like the continuing Chris Brown controversies, celebrities still clamor to shoot with reviled photographer Terry Richardson despite his long history of scumbaggery. Richardson's record of sexual harrasment, rape allegations, and general skeeziness continues to grow — and yet he still manages to take pictures of every major celebrity in existence. His latest portrait is of Rihanna, and the (admittedly gorgeous) photos are gracing the cover of CR Fashion Book.
"I wanted to show that she is not just a villain to be despised or a muse to be channeled," said stylist Carine Roitfeld of the shoot, who dressed Riri in Dilara Findikoglu, Le Vestiaire, Dior and Kunza Corsetorium. "She is neither, actually. She is a prototype for contemporary fame, body, beauty, celebrity and femininity." Ok, sure, fine! But couldn't you have gotten a photographer who doesn't ask his subjects to call him "Uncle Terry"?
"Everything done by [Rihanna] and to [Rihanna] has influenced society's concept of womanhood," Roitfeld explained, "for better or worse." Right, yeah, cool, I'm totally with you! Maybe just think about hiring someone other than an actual sexual predator to take the pictures, though?
"In this issue, I wanted to capture that sense of attraction and repulsion: the fantasy of glamour but also the poison and prison of femininity and society. The magazine is crafted around key elements of [Marie Antoinette's] life—her exuberant sense of fashion, her elaborate hairdos, her intense sexuality—almost like a modern biography through fashion imagery," Rotfield continued. "And on the cover is Rihanna, who shares with Marie Antoinette an air of royalty that I, and the world it seems, find intoxicating."
Great! Awesome. All about this. But, come on. Terry Richardson?! STILL?!
Anyway, at least Rihanna looks f*cking flawless.
CR Fashion Book (Issue 9) will be on newsstands Sept. 15.