Rihanna Is the New Face of Dior, And Is the First Black Woman to Do So

by Antoinette Bueno 1:58 PM PDT, March 13, 2015
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Rihanna is making history.

The 27-year-old superstar will star in Dior's fourth installment of their "Secret Garden" campaign -- a series featuring models posing in the palace of Versailles, clad in Dior creations -- the fashion house confirmed on Friday. She will be shot by famed photographer Steven Klein, with the film and print versions of the campaign scheduled to run this spring.

But as if being an official Dior girl wasn't amazing enough, Rihanna's highly anticipated campaign also marks the first time a black woman has been chosen to front the French fashion brand. Other celeb Dior spokeswomen include A-listers Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Marion Cotillard.

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The Dior partnership particularly makes a lot of sense given that Rihanna is often a staple at the high-fashion brand's shows, always flawlessly dressed of course.

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Though perhaps Dior should be considered the lucky ones to land Rihanna. Aside from already having fronted a Balmain campaign and often being chosen to be the first to sport a new collection, it's no secret that the "Four Five Seconds" singer is considered a huge deal in fashion. She was named last year's Fashion Icon at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards -- where she donned an unforgettable completely sheer Adam Selman dress -- and in November, designer Tom Ford gushed about the Barbadian superstar in his very own blog post.

"I was at the CFDA awards as I was receiving a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' .... and I have to say that Rihanna was for me, that night, one of the most beautiful women that I have ever beheld," Ford gushed. "As [my husband] Richard said plainly after the evening, 'If you are as beautiful as Rihanna, you almost owe it to the world to appear in public almost nude' and I have to say that I wholeheartedly concur."

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Check out Rihanna posing with real sharks in a spectacular Harper's Bazaar photoshoot last month.