• Rihanna has launched a special anniversary edition of i-D magazine. (Getty Images Europe)Source: Getty Images Europe
It's all part of the star's mission to create "a more inclusive and diverse future."
Samuel Leighton-Dore

22 Jan 2020 - 12:58 PM  UPDATED 22 Jan 2020 - 1:13 PM

While her fans eagerly anticipate new music (dubbed the ever-so-elusive R9), pop icon Rihanna is busy conquering the world of fashion, co-curating a special 40th anniversary edition of i-D magazine.

Rihannazine sees the star conduct interviews with the women who inspire her, including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Emmy-winner Lena Waithe and acclaimed writer Roxane Gay.

"For me, this very special issue of i-D represents change and culture," Rihanna said of the collaboration in a statement.

"It is dedicated to some of the people who are progressively reshaping the communities across fashion, music, art and activism - creating a more inclusive and diverse future."

Other names to be platformed in the 144-page issue include singer Kelela, Me Too founder Tarana Burke, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter, Yolanda Renee King.

“Reaching this milestone deserved something monumental. Something we’ve never done before in our 40-year history,” said Alastair McKimm, Editor-in-Chief of i-D.

“And who better to collaborate with on this special edition than the woman who embodies charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent? A woman who is a voice for change, inclusivity, authenticity, diversity and female empowerment.”

McKimm added: “Working with Rihanna we handpicked the people featured in this project for many different reasons; they may all represent different things but what unites them is that everyone featured in these pages is incredibly inspirational.

"They are artists, writers, activists, musicians and women on the front lines of the fashion industry demanding change.”

Only 5,000 copies of the Rihannazine will be printed, available from January 27.

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