Rihanna pays tribute to Marilyn Monroe on Instagram: stunning or ridic?


Before I get to the main point of this post, I need to make a diversion that was prompted by these photos of Rihanna carrying her MacBook Pro while en route to a recording studio yesterday. For reasons that I suspect are quite different than RiRi’s, I too have been carrying my Mac everywhere lately after an incident yesterday. I had to call a company to send a guy out for a repair in my bathroom, and due to intuition (this dude gave me a weird feeling, and he was really scoping the place out) and a decade-old episode of Oprah, I checked the bathroom window after he left.

Sure enough, the guy had unlocked and un-childproofed the damn window. As a result, I have been completely freaked out about getting robbed since I’ve lived through it once before. And now I’m carrying around my laptop, external hard drive, and spare blank checks everywhere — even to the gym — like a total dork. Should I be this paranoid? If I don’t have a computer, I don’t work, so I’m stressing about it and feel pretty angry, yet I feel really trivial worrying about material goods in the face of a tornado that wiped out the nearby town of Moore less than a day ago. Sigh.


Anyway, Rihanna is up to her usual tricks of posing for the camera (and famewhoring by telling TMZ that she wants to make out with Miley Cyrus), and now these photos have surfaced of RiRi wearing a Marilyn Monroe wig. The pics were posted to Melissa Ford’s Instagram page, and she’s supposedly friends with Rihanna and features a ton of pics of her, but I had to laugh at Rihanna blue-steeling as Marilyn. Because everyone wants to be Marilyn. One of the first Instagram comments mentions that RiRi was obviously going for Marilyn but ended up with RuPaul. LOL.


This is my knee-jerk judgment: Rihanna looks ridiculous while paying tribute to Marilyn. But you know, nice booty.



Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and Instagram

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  1. Rikki says:

    LOL Looks nothing like Marilyn

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      I agree–it looks nothing like Marilyn. The wig and makeup look more like Mae West.

      Your story freaked me out Bedhead! There aren’t many things scarier than feeling unsafe in your own home. Last night my hubs happened to find water in our basement leaking from our furnace/air conditioner, so we have to call a furnace company. I’m scared to have a strange tradesman in our house now. :-O

    • Shannon says:

      She looks like that Joseline Hernandez from Love and Hip Hop. With her funny wigs. Rihanna’s body is hot though. I’ll give the girl that much.

    • Trashaddict says:

      That’s OK, Marilyn didn’t look like Marilyn, either. Or, should I say, she didn’t look like Norma Jean.

  2. Eleonor says:

    My first reaction to the picture that’s RuPaul!
    (her body is crazy)

    • Jenny says:

      Agreed. Her body is crazy, but in that first pic her face is looking pretty rough. Too much stress and hard partying! Isn’t she only 24?

    • RocketMerry says:

      Agreed. I’m totally envious of her body.

      Rihanna is that kind of celebrity that doesn’t really inspire me to get moving more often or work out harder; she just makes me feel inadequate. Sigh.

  3. Hahaha says:

    lets go fly a kite..up in the highest high..lalalalalala

  4. DeltaJuliet says:

    I could give two shits about Rhianna but your story scared the hell out of me! Did you report him? I’m more worried about your personal safety than your belongings…..damn people are whacked.

    • Lulu.T.O. says:

      No kidding! Did you report the guy??

    • Bedhead says:

      No, I didn’t report him yet — I figure they would instantly fire him, and that would give him a real reason for a return visit.

      What’s worse is that my dogs barely made a peep while he was here.

      • teehee says:

        Report him, always. A record is a record and it only helps to land someone in prison or to increase their fine due to a malicious history. Better yet rig the window with shards of broken glass below and/or petroleum jelly AFTER reporting him, or, call the company, speak to that guy PERSONALLY and confront him with what you saw. Most crooks are chicken and thrive off of not being reported! Tell him your husband is waiting with you everyday with a tire iron in his hand, and he’d be happy to meet this guy…
        Edit: better yet husband and ALL of his friends. And all your neighbors know. And you described him to them. And yorue writing a review of the company with this incident included plus his name…. keep going. Stack all odds against him.

      • Erinn says:

        Report him before he does the same to an elderly person, or someone with small children. This really freaks me out.

        And you know, he deserves to lose his job. I understand the worry that he’d return, but he might not even be a violent person. Just a skeevy bastard. And he probably does it often, he might not even know which person reported it.

      • V4Real says:

        Report him; get it on record. You might not be the first person he has tried to do this to.

      • bluhare says:

        Following vforreal . . . and may not be the last.

      • ncboudicca says:

        You must at least call the company he works for and ask them “is there a reason he would have done this?” I like to think that might be the case – maybe he opened it for some reason and then forgot to lock it when he closed it again. On the other hand, I’ve also been broken into, and I would not hesitate to call his employer to report it.

      • Lauren Carter says:

        I feel slow but I don’t get your story Bedhead 😥 so he changed the locks on your window? Or unlocked it for his future use? Both are scary though

      • Joy says:

        Girl start that paper trail. If something does happen then they will know who did it. And I might be in the minority on here but this is why I own weapons.

      • Daria says:

        So freaking scary, you need to report him, if you don’t, he will do this to someone else!! I’m betting he has done this before!!!

      • jamminatorr says:


      • Emily says:

        Report him! You need that paper trail. It’s not just your belongings you need to be concerned with. Your personal safety is at risk. And if there is that paper trail and he knows it, he’s a lot less likely to try to pull something, because they’ll know it’s him right away.

      • Bread and Circuses says:

        I think you should call the police and have them set up a sting operation.

        No way should this guy be allowed to keep operating. “All that is required for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing.”

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        OMG I am creeped out! Report him! Be safe! Remember “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker? The man spoke truth in that book about following your gut instincts, especially as females.

      • KRi says:


        My family has owned and operated a service business for almost 30 years, and sadly, there have been a few times we’ve gotten calls from customers that are similar to yours.

        One of the biggest tricks of “successful” crooks is that they have a day job; as a repairman, furniture deliveryman, door-to-door salesman, anything that gets them near or in numerous homes. How many homeowners follow them around as they do their work? Not many, so they have the opportunity to undo locks, rummage through drawers, find hiding spots for spare keys.

        Every single time we’ve gotten a report of suspicious or criminal activity on one of our guys, we encourage the homeowner to file a police report, and we carry out our own investigation. 9 times out of 10 the incident is innocent. The homeowner misplaced their jewelry or wallet. The tech used a side door the family doesn’t use often and forgot to lock it behind him. He opened a window to give directions to a helper manning the outside wall. No harm, no foul.

        But, there’s the one in a million chance that your fears are totally on target. We fired someone who we discovered was stealing our supplies while the warehouse was closed for the day, and selling them to support an Oxy addiction. He had stolen business paperwork and uniforms, and was running his own jobs under our name after getting fired. (Tip: if the tech has legit paperwork and a company uniform, but is NOT driving a company vehicle, stay far away!) He wasn’t getting as much money, so he went to a customers house at midnight, demanding money from them in a junkie frenzy. They thought he was employed by us, came into our offices demanding we repay what they gave him and have him fired, only to be told they needed to call the cops immediately, as that individual had not been working for our company for three months. They were unaware, because he had convinced them (while employed with us) that if they called his cell phone, he would do the work for them at a discounted rate. Which meant he was stealing our customers to run side jobs with company supplies and a company vehicle, while not giving the company money and excusing his rapidly declining stock as being “damaged” and thus thrown out.

        My point to this horribly long story is: CALL THE POLICE. CALL THE COMPANY. Things may be innocent, but your gut can peg a motherf*cker. Better to get it done with an official paper trail in case he decides to try you as a mark.

    • ZinJoJo says:

      I completely agree, this story freaked me out and I’m worried for your personal safety, Bedhead. Hope you reported him back to the company that you hired for the work — if he did this to your place, he’s likely doing it elsewhere too. Also hope you have an alarm system.

      Otherwise, Rihanna (along with every other starlet and wannabe) looks ridiculous as Marilyn. I don’t get why they all try to emulate her/look like her/idolize her. I like MM’s movies, but she was a mentally ill woman who was taking advantage of by so many people around her and died a tragic death. Sexy? Definitely. But sad and tragic too.

      • Colu says:

        Bedhead, you’ve mentioned you are near Oklahoma in some of your posts… If the company or repair man was from Oklahoma I urge you to report him. I am halfway between Tulsa and OKC and I never would have thought to check the window. I have a 3 yo and a 1 yo so most of my attention would have been on them. I agree with with the petroleum jelly/glass thing. If you report him, rig your house up Home Alone styles :)

        On a side note: Sending healing thoughts to Moore today. The company my husband works for shut down their job today and took some equipment to Moore to help.

    • gogoGorilla says:

      Man, that is so fracking scary. I hate that we have to be so afraid in our own homes.

      I am not sure what I would do, but I would probably think about posting around a couple of those ADT signs (can they be bought? or borrowed?). I’d probably also post a sign in the bathroom window facing out that says something like THIS WINDOW HAS BEEN LOCKED. WE HAVE A VIDEO CAMERA ROLLING ON YOU RIGHT NOW. Or something like that. Just something to make someone think twice.

  5. Ramona flowers says:

    She’s on that Pepsi diet.

  6. Kimmy says:

    Melissa Forde is Rihanna’s best friend since childhood .

  7. BRE says:

    OMG, I would be so paranoid too. I would probably want to carry my chihuahua around with me too.

    • Joy says:

      Ditto that. My chi would be in my pocket. And I would be hunting that rat bastard down.

      • Really says:

        Agreed, hope you reported this guy. To make you feel better about reporting just consider this, he has probably done it to many homes and won’t be able to determine who has set him up. He probably works with other people who do the theft so his face is not familiar. The company he works for should contact other customers and make them aware.

  8. paola says:

    Enough with these celebs who think that to be Marilyn all you have to do is put on a blonde wig! Enough already!!

  9. Nicolette says:

    Hate having any kind of repair man come to the house, and I try to never be alone when it has to be done. Glad you were intuitive enough to check your window after he left.

    And on a side note, praying for the people of Moore OK. The videos and pics have been incredible.

  10. ElodieDeSade says:


  11. teehee says:

    Trashy, tacky. And I cant stand so many deluded girls’ fawning about MM. They crave disaster and drama, I guess, and usually- they get it too. Smart, real smart.

  12. anoneemouse says:

    She’s so pretty but she’s such an exhibitionist that it fails to even register anymore.

    • teehee says:

      Bringo! Exhibitionism does not equal sexiness or the like, imo! Good point!

    • Carolyn says:

      couldn’t have said it better. Zzzz…

      There’s no connection between Marilyn and what Rhianna is wearing.

      I’m too also over the “lets dress up as Marilyn” fad. Find another style icon ladies.

  13. TheOriginalKitten says:

    She looks ridiculous.

  14. sarah says:

    Rihanna has an amazing body but looks horrible in that “Marilyn” wig. RuPaul would never wear such a cheap looking wig either!

    On another note, OMG how scary for you!! I’m so glad you noticed the window so you could hopefully prevent a disaster. I’m with the others REPORT HIM!

  15. Dedrie says:

    Nothing there Marilyn..

  16. k says:

    That’s funny, I’ve got decade old Oprah self-defense episodes in my head all the time too.

    Good that you’re being vigilant, I think women tell themselves they’re overreacting or being paranoid because we’re taught to be kind and not make a fuss etc. but you really should report him. You’re not out of line at all.

    Re RiRi, we do know that everything she does is for the benefit of CB, don’t we. Depressing.

  17. Bodhi says:

    I keep forgetting that you are in OK, too. I’m outside of Tulsa & we’re in for more dicey weather today. Sigh.

    She looks totally ridiculous, but she does have a banging body. I will never understand how people who are so hard on themselves with drugs & booze have nice bodies. It isn’t fair!

  18. Dawn says:

    Bad, bad and more bad.

  19. Meaghan says:

    Her boobs look bigger. Did she get that
    Boob job?

  20. Lex says:

    I wonder, if Marilyn Monroe could have seen into future into all the fuss she has caused still now fifty years after her death.. what would she think?

    • Nina W says:

      She would probably be sad to be remembered only as a bombshell and a tragic Hollywood ending. She aspired to be an actress and would probably want to be remembered for that.

  21. Ginger says:

    Luckily my hubby will fix minor repairs on our rental so we don’t have strangers in our home unnecessarily. Good thinking on your part to check that window! It’s good to be extra careful because you never know when someone is a freak!

  22. G says:

    Call the police, the company tell the neighbors…I’m freaking for you :(

  23. bns says:

    Honestly, if I looked like her I’d take pictures of myself all day long, too.

  24. bowers says:

    A commenter on Gawker said it best:

    Lookatmelookatmelookatme all the time, everywhere.

  25. Blondie says:

    Not only report him, but call the police. You never know, he could have a record, be wanted by police etc…. Do it and do it now.

  26. mommak918 says:

    Yes! Better safe than sorry. Ive walked in on my home being invaded. Terrified me! (They escaped through the back door before being caught.) Ive also had a hire contractor in my home only to find out he was using an alias and was a sex offender. He spent 6wks at my home…came into my bedroom (my only safe haven for me and my children while the hub of our small home was being renovated). I was lucky to find his true identity…..fired/reported him and changed all our locks.

    Better safe than sorry…

  27. bluhare says:

    That isn’t a tribute, it’s a travesty if that’s what she was going for.

    And I read an bit somewhere about Lindsay Lohan not combing her hair in rehab. Apparently, it doesn’t matter if you’re out in public.

  28. LouLou says:

    I know I’m repeating what others have said, but please report him. Then call the cops. It’s unlikely this was his first time doing that. I’m so glad your intuition protected you!

  29. Luxe says:

    It will be so great when people stop posing like Marilyn. And Audrey for that matter.

    • Nina W says:

      That would be wonderful and let’s have no more faux Liz Taylor’s either, I’m still having nightmares from LiLo.

  30. Laura says:

    I hope you called the company and let them know about that guy unlocking your window. I would write a review on yelp and let other people know about him too. That’s scary.

  31. DreamyK says:

    She looks depressed.

    Bedhead, I have never heard about that Oprah episode and checking window locks after a repair person visit. I would also report the man to his job and the police.

    I wanted to say THANK YOU though for helping raise my own personal safety awareness. I had 3 guys working on my house yesterday and now I feel like a damn idiot for not knowing the window lock trick or even suspecting there were lowlife scum like that. Yes. I am naive.

  32. energydrink says:

    Ugh, why does everyone in Hollywood HAVE TO DO the Marilyn tribute shoots? There were so many beauties/talents from that era, its so eyeroll inducing really what hype can do…

    I also think she looks RuPaul-ish( eventhough I do think she has a pretty face to begin with). It’s rather her body which I don’t find that admirable.. yea she is thin, but Imo her ass is flaaaaat

    • Dommy Dearest says:


      It has a nice shape but all in all when she’s showing it like in that terrible back picture you realize there is really nothing there.

  33. kim says:

    I’m beginning to notice Marilyn fans are really sad individuals who usually need mental help for a variety of issues. Insecure, addicts, and needy souls gravitate to Monroe. RhiRhi is no different than any other girl who’s got a broken soul.

    Monroe isn’t a strong figure to admire, she was a needy person, without a spine,and a drug problem.

    The perfect storm for disaster….like rhianna.

  34. DetRiotGirl says:

    Omg, I (@AmyDetRiotGirl) made the Rupaul comment! LOL, I think my day is officially made! :)

  35. Yelly says:

    Everything about this girl is ridiculous!

  36. K-rock says:

    Simply disgusting and an insult to one of the most beautiful woman in the world. What a skeeze.

    • Me says:

      Excuse me but MM was no damn angel, herself. She was deeply disturbed and quite plastic surgerized. She slept with married men and had a drug problem. She was also said to be a prostitute for a short amount of time. Anyone idolizing her should think twice.

      • Nina W says:

        Nice smear on Marilyn, she’s dead and had a tragic life, she’s parodied by the like of Rihanna and libeled by you for no real reason, let the poor woman RIP.

  37. Jen says:

    Two things:

    1. That’s an 11-inch MacBook Air.

    2. Girl, you need to call the cops on the creepy repair guy. Period.

    EDITED to add a third thing:

    3. Get yourself a gun and learn how to use it. Don’t be a victim. EVER.

    • Spooky says:

      ^^^ This, this, THIS! Please report this creep to both his company AND to the police.

  38. Dommy Dearest says:

    Ew. Just ew.

  39. hateonit. says:

    Rihanna is just too much. Too much I’m a rebel. Too much I’m sexy. Too much I do what I want wherever in public. Her drug use publically and her actions are just so annoying. She needs constant attention always trying to shock everyone. She overexposed and she’s praised for her beauty which isn’t all that. Her body is nice…but its weird how she suddenly thin when she used to be thick especially her thighs…

  40. efwcheryl says:

    Bedhead-come to Texas and stay with me! Or have people come stay at your house….or let me come stay with you and bring my gun….or report his sorry behind!

  41. rainy17 says:

    A gun in the house with kids? Oh that’s a great idea. Report him to the company and the police. He may be on their radar. In any event, he should not be getting access to people’s homes.

  42. ya says:

    I have to admit I think she looks great in the wig – who knows whether she’s paying tribute to Marilyn or not! Maybe she’s just having fun with a marilyn wig and it ended up on a fan/friend’s instagram.

    That is really scary about the bathroom window – hope you do report it; I agree that it’s better to have it on record.

  43. TOPgirl says:

    Yuk! She looks like Rupaul!

  44. la chica says:

    Always trust your intuition!

    Rihanna is no different from a Kardashian at this point.

  45. xxx says:

    She annoys the cr*p out of me but her body is RIDICULOUS!!! Sigh…

    Nothing like Marilyn, they always get it wrong. Marilyn always had a twinkle in her eye and a smile around the corner, even when she was doing “sexy”.

    Dude, you should report that guy to his company and the police. Nothing will happen, but at least it might scare him off a break-in and teach him a lesson.

  46. xxx says:

    Gah! Crazy gun people… seriously??? Check all the stats on people “defending” their houses with guns. Not pretty.

    • Nina W says:

      Many people don’t understand gun violence and will continue to romanticize their weapons, deny statistics and imagine they are in control because they possess them.

  47. WendyNerd says:

    I will never understand the obsession and idolization so many young women have when it comes to Marilyn Monroe. Especially when it comes to women in the Hollywood system. Yes she was beautiful and her death was tragic. Yes she read lots of Hemmingway and people treated her like she was a lot less intelligent than she was. But it wasn’t like she was some kind of misunderstood genius who contributed a great deal to society at large or had some sort glittering brilliant career or AMAZEBALLS talent. She was a halfway decent druggie actress who was beautiful and a sexpot with a variety of issues who died of an overdose slept with a bunch of married men and really contributed very little artistically to the art of film and mostly just contributed her sex appeal and a memorable gold-digger anthem to society. Why ANYONE would want to model themselves after Marilyn Monroe when they could be idolizing REAL film icons who were not only incredible actresses who had long, illustrious careers and actually contributes to the industry an art form in significant and groundbreaking ways like Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Debbie Reynolds, Hetty Lamarr, Rita Hayworth, Eartha Kitt, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn is beyond me. I mean, good God, there are so many better women to idolize, especially *gasp* outsid Hollywod. It just pisses me off that so many women are idolize Marilyn Monroe but couldN’t tell you the first thing about Eleanor Roosevelt beyond that she was the first lady and might have been a lesbian or anything about Mary Harris Jones or Dorothy Parker or Sujourner Truth. But why place value and look up to women who actually did important things and changed the lives of countless people today when we can idolize a druggie Hollywood victim simply because OMG SHE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. Because that’s what counts, right?

    • Danskins says:

      @ Wendy Nerd – awesome, very insightful and thoughtful comment!!! +1, 2 and 3 for good measure! :)

    • judyjudy says:

      Eleanore Roosevelt was a lesbian?!?

      • TheWendyNerd says:

        That’s been a rumor forever. I don’t know if I believe it. All feminists back then were painted as lesbians. Unfortunately it’s one of the few things that people ever talk about when discussing her.

    • MisJes says:

      Count me in as +4!

    • Jolinda says:

      @WendyNerd – I get what you are saying, but I don’t really think that people actually want to live their life like her.

  48. tifzlan says:

    Please don’t insult RuPaul!

  49. phlyfiremama says:


  50. Mandy says:

    All of these b1tches need to stop with the Marilyn Monroe pics. Rihanna is sexy, but she’s no Marilyn or will anyone else EVER BE. Just stop!

  51. Sam H x says:

    BedHead, that’s a scary situation! Get friends/family to stay with you, I don’t think any of us on here want you to be alone or maybe stay with family/friends?…just keep us posted! Worried for you…stay safe, god bless! xx

  52. Ally8 says:

    At least if he was unlocking the window, then it seems like he wants to do it easy, with illegal entry but not breaking and entering. When he or his henchmen find it locked again, they may not take it further.

    That said, you could (i) have a security system installed; (ii) report him to police so they could start or add to his file; (iii) put some kind of note or sticker on the outside of your window (I know who unlocked this window and so do other people; there’s a camera here, etc.); (iv) buy a safe or heavy locked cabinet for your home in which you can lock those things; (v) hide your valuables when repair people come over in general.

    Sorry you have to deal with this kind of stress! It’s awful.

  53. ADD says:

    Bedhead… Your story is freaking me out. Please be safe! Report him!!!

  54. Onyx XV says:

    What is WRONG with her?

    • Guest says:

      She hasn’t been right since Chris Brown dumped her.She is only happy when that woman beater is with her.I know it’s cray but she want that man and only that man.Watch she is gonna stay single and wait for him to take her back.RiRi is just out of her damn mind.

  55. ukreporter1 says:

    The Writer’s dislike of Rihanna is more than apparent and I find a lot of the comment where she is concerned coming from a bigoted point of view. My opinion , you don’t have to like it just as I don’t have to like yours. FACT!

    • Nina W says:

      Well I don’t have any hatred, contempt or intolerance for Rihanna, I just don’t like the wig.

  56. Tulip says:

    Stay strong Bedhead. These *ssholes always try to rattle people, but just remember that this time he’s messed with the wrong woman. Report that f-*%, do what the other posters have recommended and kick his butt into oncoming traffic. Stay safe and hang in there-we’re all rooting for you;)

  57. Masque says:

    Since the guy was in a relatively small room and he may have had to use chemicals, he may have needed to open the window for ventilation. Call the company and ask if it’s standard procedure to open windows and what chems he may have used. Also, some of the basic chems used by plumbers are really stinky, did you smell anything?

    Hopefully, he just needed to vent the room and forgot to relock the window. In which case, the company needs to know so they can remind him to do so (even with no ill intent it’s a safety issue for the customer).

    By approaching it this way you can minimize the chance the guy retaliates against a complaint.

  58. Ray says:

    Apple has paid her to walk around with a Mac.
    Selena Gomez is walking around with a Mac to this week. Coincidence? I don’t think so.