Rihanna graces the covers this month of two of the biggest magazines of her career. Both shoots are most definitely RiRi, and in both she sports her unnaturally fire-engine red hair. But that's where the similarities end. It's like a newsstand version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Shot by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue, Rihanna channels old-school Hollywood glamour in a pre-Fall Chanel mermaid gown. Her hair is sleek and smooth, evoking classic Veronica Lake.
On Rolling Stone, the singer dons some ripped-all-the-way-to-there denim Daisy Dukes and a tank. Her hair has gone the way of a Muppet in an arresting Afro of epic proportions.
Even the cover lines belie the two Rihannas being delivered to the public.
Vogue: "On Fame, Family and How She Really Feels About Her Curves."
Rolling Stone: "Pop's Queen of Pain on Sexting, Bad Boys & Her Attraction to the Dark Side."
On Vogue, Rihanna is softly pretty; on Rolling Stone, she channels a trailer park look.
The magazine dichotomy was a carefully calculated move to cement the star as a fashion darling and pop icon, while moving her into the down-home market as she prepares to perform this weekend at the Country Music Awards.
Kudos to RiRi's publicity team for this one.