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Rihanna’s been called many things, good and bad, over the years … but the second coming of Princess Diana has never been one of them. Until now.

The 25-year-old singer‘s face is digitally stitched to match the visage of the late Princess of Wales on the latest cover of the UK’s Sunday Times Magazine.

If their goal was to generate buzz? Mission accomplished!

How did they link Rihanna and Princess Di, the mother of Prince William, and not the more obvious figure of Kate Middleton? The cover story begins:

“Rihanna is in love with the camera, and the camera is in love with her.”


“Not since Diana rocketed from a shy kindergarten aide to a lean, mean fashion machine has there been such a ravishingly seductive flirtation with the world press.”

“Like Diana, she has drifted into using photo ops to send messages of allure, defiance or revenge in a turbulent relationship with an errant partner.”

For her part, Rihanna, seems rather flattered by the comparison.

“Just so happens I came home drunk to this in a pile of papers outside my hotel room!” she wrote late Sunday evening, after debuting her fashion line in London.

“My lil Bajan behind, never thought these many people would even know my name, now it’s next to Princess Diana’s on the front of a newspaper!”

“Life can be such a beautiful thing when you let it be #yourejealous,” she concluded. “When your face is pic-stitched to Princess Diana’s on the cover of The Sunday Times…”

“I mean…#extraordinaRIHbehavior.”

Very much out of the ordinaRIH.

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