At 26, Rihanna is the most-streamed female artist on Spotify, with more than 10 million albums sold, 13 number one singles, and seven Grammy awards. And that’s just the music. With her frosty new Viva Glam collection for M.A.C, everything Rihanna touches turns platinum. From the fall runways to Twitter feeds worldwide, Rihanna’s influence is impossible to ignore, and her fans now have access to that magnetism via her new collection. In the September issue of ELLE, Julie Schott, ELLE’s Beauty and Fitness Editor, chats with Rihanna about her beauty secrets and favorite products, her picks for Hollywood’s sexiest women and men, and her new Viva Glam collection for M.A.C.
Rihanna on her picks for “world’s sexiest woman”:
“Penélope Cruz is the shit. If I could wake up and look like her tomorrow, that would be great. Mia Wallace [Uma Thurman’s Pulp Fiction character] is gangsta. She’s epic. I’m going to do that bob again. Those bangs.”
Rihanna on words she lives by:
“‘Avoid obviousness.’ That is a quote by Leonardo DiCaprio. That’s what makes you create something, that’s the excitement, that’s the thrill.”
Rihanna on her favorite product:
“Lipstick. It draws attention away from any flaws. When someone is wearing lipstick, you just assume they’re wearing a full face of makeup. And guys are stupid—they won’t notice when you’re not.”