Rihanna Graces Elle Cover, Talks Style

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We profiled Rihanna's red hair earlier this week.

We also took a listen (and liking) to her hot new collaboration with Eminem from his upcoming album, Recovery. The girl can definitely be pretty bad ass.

But inside is also a fashionista waiting to come out.

Gracing the cover of the July issue of Elle, Rihanna muses on fashion and has a few things to say about glamorous, often unattainable - ideals of designers.

"I respect designers who aren't afraid to go outside the box," she says.

"I went to a Jean Paul Gaultier show, and I saw girls who are thicker than me, beautiful and voluptuous and different ethnicities. That made me so excited," the singer continued. "I thought, Okay, I can work that, for sure."

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Rihanna in Elle ... and in concert.

Of course, the beauty is leaving her mark on couture, and not just with the shocking ensembles she wears live. She's become a high-end icon as well.

"There are definitely fewer black women in the high-fashion industry. One of the things I respected most about Gucci was that they did a print campaign with me."

"I'm a black girl on a fashion spread for Gucci. That was a big deal."

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