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Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Story Behind Rihanna’s Sexy, Shape-Shifting Alien in Valerian | Vanity Fair

The Story Behind Rihanna’s Sexy, Shape-Shifting Alien in Valerian | Vanity Fair

“[Bubble is] an alien who has the
capacity to take any shape she wants,” Besson has explained. “In our
film, glampods are artists who’ve gone to school, so they know masters
such as Shakespeare, Molière, and Rimbaud by heart. In that way, Bubble
is the ultimate actress.” (We presume Liza Minnelli ranks up there with
Molière.)
The Rihanna-as-Sally-Bowles
moment is brief, as Bubble whirls through more costume changes,
including an elaborately appointed Egyptian princess and a Marilyn
Monroe copycat, complete with slinky gown. Her nurse outfit is an
otherworldly take on the already-sexy-nurse costume beloved by sorority
sisters on Halloween, only with an even sexier twist—a bustier bodice
and curve-hugging seams.
The costume—a
cross between a nurse and Catwoman, with a cherry-red stethoscope tied
tight around Bubble’s neck like a choker—was created with Japanese latex
artist Atsuko Kudo, whose
design gives Rihanna a smooth, Barbie silhouette. Most impressive,
however, is the fact that Bériot and Kudo created this vacuum-packed
costume—and the rest of Rihanna’s looks—without the pop star present.

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