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Rihanna was 'very involved' in futuristic photoshoot

Rihanna has stunned in a futuristic new photoshoot for the September issue of W magazine.

Rihanna has wowed in a new photoshoot in which she is portrayed as a futuristic queen.

The pop mega star stuns in W magazine's "collectible" September 2016 issue, which was put together by i-D founder and art director Terry Jones and photographed by Steven Klein.

On the issue's dual covers, Rihanna is cast as a queen in wartime and peacetime, which is apparently a nod to both the 40th anniversary of the emergence of punk and the recent 90th birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. In the image depicting peace, she's rendered in black-and-white, wearing an elaborate diamond choker and tiara. While in the war scene, she is in full colour, a burning sky in the backdrop with rubies encrusting her lips and gold tears streaming down her cheeks.

The jewellery for the shoot was supplied by Cartier, and was flown over from the U.K. to New York by five members of the luxury jeweller's team, according to W magazine.

Not one to cower in the corner, the 28-year-old had a big part in the shoot, openly sharing her thoughts with Terry.

"Rihanna was very involved," he said in an interview with W magazine about the photoshoot. "With Rihanna, it's always a collaboration and that's why I love her so much. So I'll send her ideas, she'll bounce them back. It's not me going, 'Here you go, Ri.' It's 100 per cent collaboration."

Speaking about the shoot, Terry said that he knew from the beginning that he wanted to shoot the Barbadian beauty in a dystopian scene, though he had taken "random inspiration" from everywhere, including Prada's latest fashion collections.

He adds that many designers offered pieces for the shoot, with Loewe remaking a bustier, Maison Margiela giving a tinfoil-like cape out of tarp fabric and a Dior jacket that looked like a second coat of armour. Accordingly, Rihanna's "fearless" persona really shone through in the imagery.

"She's not scared, and that's what I love about her. She's royalty," Terry smiled.

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