Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ Music Video: Look By Look

A still from Rihanna’s ’Diamonds’ video.
Photo: Island/Def Jam

After haircuts, sneak peeks, and weeks of teasing, Rihanna FINALLY premiered her “Diamonds” video last night on MTV. And guys, this is a pop star at her absolute rawest. Shot by Anthony Mandler, the artsy clip follows Ri’s personal journey of highs and lows with black and white close-up shots, fire explosions, pools of water, and yep, more than a few diamonds (hello, symbolism!). Walk with us while we break it down…

We all know Rihanna reverted back to her half-shaved head look for the video, and now we can get a in-depth look at the cut. She’s baring all, showing off her tattoos and some serious collarbones.

A still from Rihanna’s ’Diamonds’ video.
Photo: Island/Def Jam

Speaking of artful tattoos, let’s discuss the mysterious hand that reaches out to Rihanna’s own in the glimmering water. WHOSE IT IT?! Leave your guesses (obvious answers and otherwise) in the comments below.

A still from Rihanna’s ’Diamonds’ video.
Photo: Island/Def Jam

Running away from a car MIGHT not be the most glamorous of situations, but Rihanna still makes it work in a black slip dress and delicate gold necklace. Who knew the ultimate escape outfit could be so chic?

A still from Rihanna’s ’Diamonds’ video.
Photo: Island/Def Jam

“Diamond” isn’t as fashion-heavy as some of the 40-odd videos Rihanna has to her name (WHOA), but leave to it RiRi to sport a simple white sweater and still look great. All wrapped up in the basic knit, the outfit adds to the genuine tenderness of the vid through and through.

A still from Rihanna’s ’Diamonds’ video.
Photo: Island/Def Jam

Proof #2: Rihanna’s working a sweater again, this time wearing a blue version outdoors, over a blue floorlength dress, naturally. The cozy look is a far cry from the lace ensemble she strutted at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but hey — we’ll take it.

A still from Rihanna’s ’Diamonds’ video.
Photo: Island/Def Jam

We’ve included this shot to state the obvious: Rihanna’s gorgeous. Also, so you can get an up-close-and-personal glimpse of her totally freshfaced beauty game in this video. We’re talking perfectly groomed brows, tawny shadow, and a swipe of easy lipcolor and boom! The end.

A still from Rihanna’s ’Diamonds’ video.
Photo: Island/Def Jam

Is that a Bond girl? Nope, it’s just Rihanna, looking calm, cool and collected amidst a scary-looking fire clad in a white slip dress.

A still from Rihanna’s ’Diamonds’ video.
Photo: Island/Def Jam

Rihanna leaves us with a gorgeous parting shot of herself floating away in the pool, wet t-shirt and all. An appropriate ending for such an introspective video, don’t you think?!

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