Rihanna appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar‘s upcoming September issue on Tuesday (Aug. 4) to chat about her ever-growing Fenty empire and expanding into the realm of skincare with the brand.
“I’ve always seen the Fenty brand as more than just makeup, and I knew I wanted to make skin care from the very beginning,” she tells Harper’s Bazaar of developing Fenty Skin. “It was just about getting it right. You have to live with the formulas for a while and test them in different ways. It’s very different from makeup in that sense. It takes a long time.”
In the story, the superstar also credits her mother with instilling the love within her at an early age, while growing up in Barbados, for the products she would go on to create. “She knew everything about perfume, skin care and makeup,” Rihanna says. “She never let me wear makeup, but I was secretly fascinated. So, when she’d leave home, I would play around with hers.”
Upon its launch in 2017, RiRi’s Fenty Beauty cosmetics line earned a staggering reported $100 million in sales within the first six weeks. It would go on to make more than $550 million in its first year, ultimately revolutionizing the beauty industry with its inclusive range of colors to match any skin tone. (Fenty Beauty’s foundation comes in 40 shades, which has become the new standard best practice within the industry thanks to Rihanna’s ingenuity.)
Tracee Ellis Ross also participated in the cover story, praising the singer-turned-mogul for how Fenty Beauty has impacted the world of beauty as a whole. “Rihanna’s unapologetic determination to make beauty an inclusive industry – and her insistence that beauty can be democratic – changed the game,” Ross says. “She seems to imagine from a world where there are no limits, inviting us all to do the same.”