The singer admitted that she feels "freer" than ever before and her new attitude shows in her upcoming LP.
"When people listen to my new album I want them to walk away with a spirit of hope," she told Vogue in a behind-the-scenes clip of her cover shoot.
"A light spirit. That's the place I'm in and I want them to see that and I want them to feel that."
Discussing the cover - her second with the publication - she insisted: "I've gotten a lot more fearless, a lot freer and a lot more comfortable with who I am.
"I've started to infuse that in my fashion as well as my music."
Rihanna recently unveiled artwork for her new record, which is released worldwide on November 19.
Listen to Rihanna's latest single 'Diamonds' below: