Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's week 50 of 2013 & Rihanna is Still Slaying - New Face of Balmain Ad

One would think that with exactly two weeks left in 2013, Rihanna would let up on the reign she's had over the past 50 weeks. It felt like every single week there was something to congratulate the 25 yr old on.

If she wasn't breaking another billboard record, or selling out some of the biggest stadiums on her sold out world tour, or releasing her clothing line, or make up line, or giving back in a huge way, or sharing the most sincere words of encouragement to her fans, or receiving the Icon Award from the AMAs, Rihanna probably was plotting another big move. The amount of things she's achieved this year are staggering for anybody, especially for a 25 yr old. It really makes you wonder what you're doing with your time. 

Today the beloved fashion house Balmain announced that Rihanna is the face of their SS 2014 campaign. Creative Director Olivier Rousteing expressed that Rihanna is his inspiration for much of his work anyway. He said on his personal IG account that his inspiration meeting his work is completion-I'm sure any artist would agree.

The two shots released today for Balmains ad truly capture the essence of the line as well as the sexy attitude of Rihanna. Photographers for the shoot- Inez and Vinoodh refer to Rih as a supermodel. They along with Olivier were so impressed by her in front of the camera. Rih pulled in her own team for styling the shoot which you also have to commend. Her stylist  Mel Ottenberg, and hairstylist Yusef Williams are showing off their work in a Balmain ad. Let's talk majorness.

This is huge! Rih is getting love from every fashion lover in it right now, even her peers like singer Monica are super excited for her. Rih took to her twitter as always to share her excitement. It's amazing to watch Rihanna be so resilient in her career. She's one of the most polarizing celebs in the game, but she's managed to take every misunderstanding and sometimes all out attack on who people think she is, and keep it moving. She's given her Navy consistency from the door, and they seem to be even more willing to support her.

I know it sounds insane but when asked about what she has planned for 2014- Rihanna said she has at least 40 projects already. Will the woman ever slow down? We don't know, but we're sure we'll be here next year this time asking the same question, will that Rihanna reign ever let up? Maybe for some babies or a family or a vacation?! Who knows.. Get it Rih.

One more thing- Today, Rihanna was named Billboards 4th top artist in 2013- ironically.. she did not release an album this year as she has for the last seven years straight. See Rih's Balmain shots below + a couple behind the scenes photos with Olivier.

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