Barbadan singer/actress Rihanna arrives for Rihanna's 5th Annual Diamond Ball.
Rihanna speared President Donald Trump as perhaps "the most mentally ill human being in America" over his position on gun rights in a candid Vogue interview published on Wednesday that also touched on immigration and racism.
Asked about the back-to-back shootings earlier this year in the US cities of El Paso and Dayton, the superstar performer, who recently cemented her place in the upper echelons of the fashion industry with her own luxury line, called the gun violence plaguing American society "devastating."
After the August shootings Rihanna had decried Trump's classification of the violence as the result of a "mental illness problem."
"People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal," Rihanna told the fashion magazine that featured her on its cover for the sixth time.
"And the fact that it's classified as something different because of the colour of their skin? It's a slap in the face. It's completely racist."
"The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president."
Earlier this year Rihanna removed her catalogue from the blanket "political entities licence" agreement that had allowed the president to play her songs during his rallies.
The native of Barbados has used her massive social media platform -- she boasts 75.9 million followers on Instagram alone -- to urge US citizens to vote, including in last year's midterm election.
Turning to the subject of immigration, Rihanna said the controversies surrounding the issue in recent years have made her "sick to my stomach."
Currently the world's richest female musician, Rihanna has centred her focus on fashion in recent years, making history by becoming the first black woman to head a fashion house for the French powerhouse LVMH, which owns legacy brands including Fendi and Givenchy.
She has also made waves with her inclusive lingerie and make-up lines that offer a wide range of sizes, styles and skin colours.
Rihanna's fierce fan base has been clamouring for her ninth album, "R9," however, which she said will be "reggae-infused" and hinted is nearly finished.
Singer Rihanna is to launch a fashion label with French luxury goods group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH).
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Rihanna said Thursday she had been given complete freedom to design her first fashion line for French luxury powerhouse LVMH, which is banking on the pop diva to find a new market of millennials beyond the reach of its traditional brands.
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