Bad Bunny Makes History Yet Again As He Becomes The First Latino Urbano Artist On Cover Of ‘Rolling Stone’
I know I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – Bad Bunny is making 2020 suck so much less, despite a global pandemic. He’s released two chart-topping albums (one of them a total surprise!) over the span of three months, he hosted a three-hour long Instagram live where he hinted at new music, he’s performed on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show – he’s basically been everywhere and I’m not complaining. Not. At. All.
And now, he’s making history yet again. This time on the cover of Rolling Stone.
Bad Bunny has become the first Latino Urbano artist on the cover of the famed magazine. I know, crazy right?!
Benito shot the Rolling Stone interview with his partner, Gabriela, and had an interview with the magazine’s Latin music editor via Zoom. He started off his chat addressing the pandemic: “The fucking coronavirus arrived, and it sealed me up,” he says in Spanish, deadpanning like a sullen teen banished to his room for the summer. “People think I’m spending quarantine in a huge mansion, with a really awesome pool…”
Also, real quick – can we just take a moment to admire the beauty that graced this cover…
I mean I’ve always had a crush on El Conejo Malo, but the boy is looking mighty fine in the last few months. Like you’ve seen his Instagram photoshoot right?
And Bad Bunny himself is so grateful and proud!
Bad Bunny only emerged four years ago, but he’s already become iconic.
“The little boy from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, the little naive boy that worked at the supermarket, the son of Tito and Lysaurie, that’s the same guy on the cover of Rolling Stone,” Bad Bunny wrote on his Instagram in Spanish. “Nobody, nobody, nobody, nobody but nobody, can ever tell me what I can or cannot do.”
The Bad Bunny Rolling Stone cover also made history for who produced and created it – two Latinas!
As the writer Suzy Exposito explained on Twitter, she’s the first Latina to write a Rolling Stone cover story, Benito’s girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri is the first Latina to shoot the cover image, and Alex Douglas-Barrera transcribed and translated the interview.
“THIS COVER WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY LATINAS,” Exposito tweeted.
Catriona Ni Aolain, Rolling Stone’s director of creative content, said they tapped Berlingeri for help to shoot the magazine cover despite not being a professional photographer due to the coronavirus pandemic. Berlingery shot all the photos documenting our beloved Bad Bunny’s days in quarantine using an iPhone and everything was shot at an Airbnb in Puerto Rico, where the couple have been living.
“It wasn’t planned. It was very random,” Berlingeri told Rolling Stone.”I thought obviously that it was going to be a very cool photoshoot but it’s difficult for me to accept that is going to be the cover for Rolling Stone.”