This marks the first time that a black woman has appeared on the cover of British Vogue’s September issue, and it is a stunning cover. It is so colorful and eye-catching and elegant; I cannot imagine walking past the newsstand without stopping to look at this. Rihanna looks mesmerizing. Edward Enninful’s editor’s letter is also well worth a read (in addition to the amazing shoot of Rihanna, which he previews, apparently the magazine popped over to the Royal Lodge to hang out with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie; it seems I’m going to have to buy this issue). I particularly enjoyed his kicker:

Ultimately, September is all about the hits of the season – giving you, the Vogue reader, the authority to make the most informed style choices for the months ahead. As for the cover? I always knew it had to be Rihanna. A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her. No matter how haute the styling goes, or experimental the mood, you never lose her in the imagery. She is always Rihanna. There’s a lesson for us all in that. Whichever way you choose to dress the new season, take a leaf out of her book and be yourself.

I realize it’s weird for me to say this as a person whose job involves complaining about how people choose to dress, but indeed. (And, indeed part deux, I have long said that I hope no one ever listens to anything I ever say.) But bearing that very advice in mind: Being myself SHALL NEVER AGAIN involve skinny skinny eyebrows.  LEARN FROM US, SWEET CHILDREN. Sometimes they don’t grow back.

Here’s the subscribers’ cover:

Amazing.

[Photo: Nick Knight/Vogue UK]