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Rihanna’s new visual autobiography is much more than your usual coffee table book

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A cover of Rihanna’s new visual autobiography book

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.

– Vogue

The standard hardcover ($150) Rihanna and Fenty x Phaidon ($175) This Sh– Is Heavy editions can be ordered on the official Rihanna book website via Phaidon. The standard hardcover can also be pre-ordered on Amazon at a 25% discount.

Rihanna visual autobiography – inside images

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All images: The Rihanna Book.

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