Bajan popstar Rihanna has just premiered the video for her new single Te Amo. The track is the third international single from her Rated R LP and the video was directed by long-term collaborator Anthony Mandler. You can watch the video below:
I love Rihanna when she goes back to her island roots so it’s safe to say that Te Amo is probably my favourite track from Rated R. Seeing as the videos from this era have been pretty hit-and-miss so far, I have desperately fantasised about directing a damn good video for the song and the first things on my memo were Rihanna showing some classy sexuality and to have stunning cinematography to fit the vibe of the song.
Thankfully, Mandler has delivered. While the video doesn’t take place on a tropical Caribbean island (my vision), it does take place in a visually outstanding Parisian chateau. I particularly like how the roaring fire in the drawing room scene really lights the tribalesque, organic feel of the song. Rihanna looks stunning as always as does her female love interest French supermodel Laetitia Casta. Of course, this is Rated R Rihanna and she does have some sex to sell. While lyrically the song speaks about Rihanna shunning her lesbian friend’s advances, Rihanna looks like she’s definitely enjoying the many homoerotic poses she performs amongst Casta – which is sure to cause controversy in the media and make sure men (and lesbians) watch the clip over and over again on the Internet.
That said, for the most part, Rihanna tones down the raunchiness for the most part, opting for sensuality instead. There’s not a PVC outfit in sight, Summer dresses are in vogue this time round which is great because I always find the cute island girl Rihanna way more sexy that the S&M clad one.
Overall, this is probably the best video (and song) from Rihanna’s Rated Ralbum so sit back, watch and enjoy. The single is available to buy now internationally.