Rihanna has become one of the most powerful female presence in the music industry. A seemingly shy, young girl , who’s become a confident, sexy , woman. She isn’t afraid to smoke weed, topless, on a yacht while vacationing , fully aware of the lens of the paparazzi. What sets her apart from artists like Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus is she isn’t throwing sex in your face. Rihanna exudes sex, but not overt and tasteless , she does it in a way that normalizes the female body. “When Rihanna’s naked she isn’t posing in a hypersexual way, she’s covered in blood and she’ll cut your dick off. She looks powerful, but it’s almost casual, normalised. It’s about showing a powerful representation of the female body, where women are in charge of the way that they’re being viewed” She is unfiltered and unapologetic, doing what she wants when she wants to and living a life that she is in full control of.
Women should never have to apologize for being sexy. Our sexuality is a gift, and when it is portrayed responsibly and in ways that empower instead of cheapens us, this gift should be shared; not play down our sexuality, personality or hiding behind demure facades as to not offend and threaten. We can be smart , sexy, badass and own that.
Images taken from:
FADER magazine “Becoming Rihanna In a world of phonies, Rihanna is the realest. How she manages this, we may never know”. http://www.thefader.com/2015/09/28/rihanna-r8-fader-cover-story