The singer will be taking her love for fashion to the small screen as producer and fashion star on November 5 (a network has yet to be announced). For the series, she will be joined by hitmaker Pharrell Williams, supermodel Erin Wasson and her own stylist, Mel Ottenberg.
MTV News caught up with the designer/singer/TV personality’s co-star, Wasson, who broke down what it was like to shoot the series with the glamazon. “She’s incredible; she’s Rihanna. You know what I mean?” she said. “She brings a spirit to the show; an authenticity to the show that I think is what is going to make a difference from everything else.”
She added, “I’m just bringing a little bit of Texas truth. I’ve been in the fashion industry for 15 years, but I also like to keep it real and so a lot of it is tough love and a lot of it is I’m just guiding these kids through the whole journey.”
The show gives 12 wannabe designers a shot at fashion stardom, a slot on Rihanna’s design team, a cash prize of $100,000 and a spread in Glamour magazine. And Wasson explained what makes the U.S. version different from the U.K. one, which aired last year across the pond.
“It’s slightly more relevant; the people that we have onboard and who are guest celebrities are wonderful,” she said. “And each challenge brings more challenges. It’s about authenticity and execution and I think the combination of that is really what we’re about. We’re about finding real talent that’s leaders, not sheeps.”