Brace yourselves. Here comes RiRi!

2013-10-06 10:00

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Rihanna’s steamy new music video and dressing room demands pave the way for a skin-sational SA tour.

R&B star Rihanna is steaming up the internet on the eve of her South African tour.

A video showing her in a swamp of sorts, twerking in a denim thong and twirling around a stripper’s pole with dollar bills flying around has elicited an online storm of admiration and critique.

Many viewers agree that RiRi’s quivering behind in the Pour It Up video from her Unapologetic album makes Miley Cyrus look like an amateur.

Pour It Up had racked up more than 17.5 million views by yesterday afternoon.

The sultry 25-year-old singer and 15 dancers are bound to show plenty of skin when they take to the stage at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg next Sunday.

Rihanna will step on to the stage in spectacular costumes by the world’s foremost fashion designers, including Riccardo Tisci of luxury French label Givenchy.

Among other things, Tisci has created a gold shark-tooth necklace engraved with “RIRI” especially for her Diamonds World Tour.

In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Tisci said: “Rihanna represents what young and amazing means today. She is punk and talented. She offers intelligence, energy and pure beauty. She is the face of her generation.”

The six-time Grammy Award winner will also be stylishly shod in heels by Manolo Blahnik and white python Christian Louboutin boots.

After the Johannesburg concert, 35 trucks will transport her giant set and equipment to Cape Town, where she will perform at the Cape Town Stadium next Wednesday.

“There will be loads of LED screens and lots of flames. The show is very dance oriented,” said Attie van Wyk, chief executive of local promotions company Big Concerts.

Van Wyk would not divulge details of her backstage demands on Friday because of confidentiality clauses in the star’s contract.

But some online research revealed that the singer has a penchant for animal-print cushions – either “cheetah or leopard” – black forest-flavoured candles and white tulips in her dressing room.

According to the rider document for Rihanna’s Last Girl On Earth World Tour 2010, she required a dressing room with lighting that provides a “relaxed atmosphere” – hence table and floor lamps instead of overhead fluorescent lights.

The room should be carpeted and draped in white chiffon.

She also demanded a comfortable white couch upholstered in plush cloth – no leather – with scatter cushions of cheetah or leopard print. Sequins will not be tolerated.

The document also requests a large throw rug of plush animal print – which “must be clean as she will walk on it barefoot”.

RiRi will arrive from Auckland, New Zealand, and jet off to Dubai in the United Arabian Emirates after her South African tour.

It is unclear if there will be a man on her arm while she’s in the country. Rihanna and her on-off singer boyfriend Chris Brown finally called it quits in May after a much-publicised tumultuous relationship.

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