These Rihanna photos from 'ESSENCE' are fine art and demand to be seen

On newsstands for your tearing out and framing pleasure January 19
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Singer, designer, beauty mogul, and all-around bad gal -- Rihanna -- covers the upcoming issue of ESSENCE which also features a seriously sleek series of original photo collages inside. The 12-page portfolio is entitled, "Of Earth & Sky."

Rihanna's collaboration with artist Lorna Simpson was created for the January and February issue of ESSENCE magazine which hits newsstands on January 19. You may as well go ahead and purchase some picture frames now. These belong on your wall.

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The cover above gives fans an idea of the content inside, incorporating beautiful photos cut, pasted, and overlaid with mixed media to form each piece. You can check out a selection of the fire pics below, posted to the ESSENCE Instagram page to whet your appetite.

Artist Lorna Simpson also shared the experience with her daughter, writer and actor Zora Simpson Casebere, who provided an accompanying essay titled “Anthems of Possibility.”

The collaboration is "quite incredible,” Simpson said while on set. “As an artist, I’m able to deliver these unusual images of someone who is so well-known and so recognizable… It’s an amazing opportunity.”

Rihanna agreed. "It's like magic."

Simpson, whose career spans three decades, had already been on RiRi's radar for years. "Lorna is a legend,” she tells the magazine. "Honestly, I just didn't think I could get her." Luckily for her, her creative director Jaleel Weaver gently nudged her to take the first steps.

Set your reminders: The new issue of ESSENCE hits shelves Tuesday, January 19.

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