25 November 2012 4:31 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Rihanna is onboard. For the frenzied fifteen minutes that she mingles with us, on a tarmac in L.A., we learn that she has perfect skin, smells great, and talks like a child. To promote her seventh album, Unapologetic, she has decided to take a bunch of fans on a private Boeing 777 to seven countries in seven days for seven shows. I am among the lucky journalists tagging along.When she is happy, we are happy. Especially when she instructs us to “get crunk.” In a black tank with a black backpack (first-day-of-school vibes), she pours Ace of Spades Champagne into plastic cups; her assistant follows with a bottle of D’ussé cognac. Moments later, Rihanna chirps into the loudspeaker that we should look in our gift bags for a “conflict-free diamond.” Stamped into a fingernail-size gold charm and strung on a bit of yarn, the diamond is the size »

- Mary H. K. Choi

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