Rihanna certainly seems to be the gift that just keeps on giving. Not only is the 30-year-old Bajan beauty absolutely gorgeous, talented and creative, she is also very down to Earth – ironic given that she is completely out of this world.
You may question how it’s possible for a superstar, with a reported $245 million in the bank, to be considered “real”. But in the realms of Rihanna, it’s true.
Take this past year for example, in which Rihanna has proudly flaunted her fuller figure and kicked back at critics of her curvier frame.
It was this performance which saw fans notice the difference…
Her unexplained weight gain caused a great commotion in the press, who instantly presumed she was pregnant. Rather than battle back and use a PR team to handle the situation, the Good Girl Gone Bad simply took to Instagram to upload a targetted meme to illustrate how she wouldn’t let the media make her feel ashamed for her life choices.
Talking to Vogue to mark her 30th birthday this year, the Grammy Award-winning singer acknowledged her body in true candid style: “You’ve just got to laugh at yourself, honestly. I mean, I know when I’m having a fat day and when I’ve lost weight. I accept all of the bodies. I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.”
In the same interview, the pop icon revealed that she’d spent her whole career trying to shy away from the idea that she is a role model:
“That title was put on me when I was just finding my way, making mistakes in front of the world. I didn’t think it was fair. Now I understand the concept, but at that time I was the same age as the girls who were looking up to me. And that’s a really hard place to be in as a teenager.”
However, now in her 30th year, Rihanna is ready to fill that role. Which is no coincidence considering she’s been named as one of TIME magazine’s most influential people of 2018.
This new direction may explain why she is so willing to flaunt her fluctuating figure on Instagram for her 62 million followers to feast their eyes on.
Not only that, but she is also using the platform to share raw photographs of herself stripped of makeup and fierce fashion to prove that her life isn’t exclusively designer gowns and A-list parties.
In a series of snaps uploaded this week, the Oceans Eleven star exposed her unshaven legs and makeup-free face for her fans to see.
Of course, the pictures proved extremely popular with Rihanna’s fans who flooded the comments section with praise for the star’s willingness to share the less glamorous aspects of her life.
In another snap, fans were quick to suggest that they could see stretch marks on the ‘Rude Boy’ singer’s thighs. But rather than ignoring the comment or delete the photograph, as some other stars in the spotlight might, Rihanna chose to proudly respond and admit that yes, she does have stretch marks.
Her attitude towards her body and the recent success of her all-inclusive cosmetics brand, Fenty Beauty, means that Rihanna is quickly becoming not only a role model, but a goddess in the eyes of young impressionable teens – and for some reason, I think she’s only just getting started!
So make sure you watch this space if Rihanna realness is what you crave!