From her childhood in Barbados to the Fenty launch, the 500-page autobiography showcases the singer’s life in over 1,000 photographs.
Rihanna’s first “visual autobiography” published by Phaidon was released on October 24th this year. It contains never-before-seen footage of her rise to worldwide success as a musician, designer, and entrepreneur.
The large-format edition of Rihanna weighs a whopping 15 pounds and measures 12 5.8 x 16 1/2 inches, and comes in a black carrying case.
“I am so excited to share this collection of incredible images. I’m very grateful to the talented photographers and artists who contributed. We’ve been working on the book for over five years and I’m really happy to be able to finally share it with everybody,” the Barbadian singer shared her excitement in a statement.
Apart from the standard hardcover $150 edition, Rihanna and the Haas Brothers have also been working on three limited ones. The Fenty x Phaidon edition This Sh- is Heavy was released on October 10th for $175, and the $5,500 Luxury Supreme edition on November 20th.
The Ultra Luxury Supreme autographed edition titled Stoner (sold with a custom-sculpted 2,000-pound marble pedestal) is already sold out. It was auctioned off at Rihanna’s Diamond Ball this year, won by rapper Cardi B for $111,000, making her one of the 10 people in the world to own it.
While the standard edition has not yet been released, the YouTube preview reveals the stunning collection of images and the slick design of the book. Along iconic fashion moments (such as the show-stopping Met Gala ochre yellow dress), there are also many more private and personal photographs that show a much different side of RiRi, making it a perfect gift for her devoted fans.
The book is a rollicking and sumptuous autobiography, told largely with intimate images.
She is fascinated by how books influence culture and society. From time to time, she reads on a Kindle, but she is still not fully convinced to ebooks. When possible, she picks print editions and their addictive magic.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
by Sonia Purnell
France was falling. Burned-out cars, once strapped high with treasured possessions, were nosed crazily into ditches. Their beloved cargoes of dolls, clocks, and mirrors lay smashed around them and along mile upon mile of unfriendly road. Their owners, young and old, sprawled across the hot dust, were groaning or already silent. Yet the hordes just kept streaming past them, a never-ending line of hunger and exhaustion too fearful to stop for days on end.
Ten million women, children, and old men were on the move, all fleeing Hitler’s tanks pouring across the border from the east and the north. Entire cities had uprooted themselves in a futile bid to escape the Nazi blitzkrieg that threatened to engulf them. The fevered talk was of German soldiers stripped to the waist in jubilation at the ease of their conquest. The air was thick with smoke and the stench of the dead. The babies had no milk, and the aged fell where they stood. The horses drawing overladen old farm carts sagged and snarled in their sweat-drenched agony. The French heat wave of May 1940 was witness to this, the largest refugee exodus of all time.
Day after day a solitary moving vehicle weaved its way through the crowd with a striking young woman at the wheel. Private Virginia Hall often ran low on fuel and medicines but still pressed on in her French army ambulance toward the advancing enemy. She persevered even when the German Stukas came screaming down to drop 110-pound bombs onto the convoys all around her, torching the cars and cratering the roads. Even when fighter planes swept over the treetops to machine-gun the ditches where women and children were trying to take cover from the carnage. Even though French soldiers were deserting their units, abandoning their weapons, and running away, some in their tanks. Even when her left hip was shot with pain from continually pressing down on the clutch with her prosthetic foot.
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