Rihanna’s “Man Down” Cover: Is She Toning Down Her Image?

Let’s face it: Rihanna’s name has become synonymous with sex. She pushes the envelope at every opportunity possible and I love her for it. She isn’t afraid to embrace her sexuality and flaunt it and she often does it in high-fashion pieces, which makes it just a tad bit classier.

Her newest single is “Man Down” which is one of my favorite songs from the Loud album. On the cover, she is sporting  a fur jacket, huge shades, an oversized flower ring, loose curls and her signature talon-shaped fingernails. This is a huge departure from her latest Rolling Stone cover, in which very little was left to the imagination.

There has been a great deal of backlash after the Rolling Stone cover as well as her hit single “S&M” since they both seemed to go way overboard, crossing the boundary between sexy and trashy. Rihanna is a beautiful woman with a great figure and I do not mind her baring it when she feels it necessary, but all the time can be too much. Lately, she has been seen in knee-length Dolce & Gabbana dresses and the “Man Down” single cover seems to be channeling something softer and more delicate.

Is Rihanna trying to tone down her image? Only time will tell. See some of her latest looks below and decide for yourself.

*Images courtesy of Rihanna’s Twitter and Getty.

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