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Is This The Greatest Rihanna Photo Shoot Of All Time?

Seems very likely.

While we were still celebrating the fact that Rihanna is on the cover of a magazine for the first time in months, we need to switch our cause for celebration—the full NME spread just dropped and it is incredible.

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Inside, we finally get a better look at the short 'do Rih has on the cover. She was spotted with the same dark hair out and about in New York at the end of August—now we know why. The spread is remarkably low-key considering its star—she wears two necklaces, a collared sweatshirt, and that's pretty much it.

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Oh, of course, there's also a pink piece of gum which costars in a number of the photos, which only adds to the excellence of this entire shoot.

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Mysteriously, this is the only shot with a different look—she's outside, decked out in head-to-toe black, towing a heart balloon. The interview is largely focused on R8 and, y'know, what exactly the hold up is, but she also touches on the future, saying, "When I see myself as an old woman, I just think about being happy," she smiles. "And hopefully, I'll still be fly."

Oh, Rihanna, we know you will be. There is not a single doubt in our minds—have you seen how effortlessly you pull off blue lipstick? Yeah.

You can read the entire interview and peep more photos from the shoot on NME.