I don’t like Rihanna. She’s just another very pretty girl with a very mediocre ‘talent,’ IMO. However, every now and then I check in on celebrities who’ve long been blacklisted for shenanigans. This is one of those times. And this is her second Vogue cover in a year, and Vogue is somewhat averse to putting women of colour on their covers. So, yeah. This is Rihanna’s British Vogue November 2011 cover. I hate the top half of that dress. Everything from the waist down is interesting and flattering but the chest ‘plate’ part is digging into her armpit. And she’s wearing another blonde wig, she wore a wig just as unflattering for her Armani underwear adverts. Are you over people putting her in bad blonde wigs? Several comments I’m reading right now see it as white-washing. Do you agree?
- On the hyper-sexuality in her videos: ‘That’s not me. That’s a part I play. You know, like it’s a piece of art … I just want to make music. See, people – especially white people – they want me to be a role model just because of the life I lead. The things I say in my songs, they expect it of me and being a role model became more of my job than I wanted it to be. But no, I just want to make music. That’s it.’
- On why she always changes her hair: ‘I don’t ever want to be a theme because then it belongs to someone, and that’s not right. I want to cultivate something that’s part of my personal swagger – whatever my mojo tells me, that’s what I’m going to do…’
- On her overuse of the c-word: ‘It’s funny. The word is so offensive to everyone in the world except for Bajans. You know African Americans use the n-word to their brothers? Well that’s the way we use the c-word. When I first came here, I was saying it like it was nothing, like, ‘Hey, ****,’ until my make-up artist finally had to tell me to stop. I just never knew.’
- On her maturity and attitude being down to her childhood: ‘I saw too much. I was way too mature for my age.’