Rihanna: ‘I actually have had the pleasure of a fluctuating body type…’

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Launch

Remember when Donald Trump was first inaugurated back in January, and everyone was like “good God this is so much worse than I thought it was going to be” and “I’m physically in pain right now watching this orange monster in the White House”? You know how we got through it? On the first day of Black History Month (appropriately enough), Beyonce announced her pregnancy. That’s how I got through it – the world seemed less monstrous for a moment whenever I remembered that Beyonce was out there, gestating twins. This how I feel about Rihanna these days too: whenever the news is bringing me down and I’m afraid the nuclear holocaust is upon us, I remember that Rihanna is out there, living her best life, banging guys in hot tubs, partying and making makeup for albinos. So come with me and let’s celebrate Rihanna with this great new interview:

What she wants to tell young girls about how to wear clothing that fits their bodies, but also makes them feel good: “Well, I actually have had the pleasure of a fluctuating body type, where one day I can literally fit into something that is bodycon, and then the next day — the next week — I need something oversized; I need a little crop here and a high-waist there to hide that part, you know? I really pay attention every day when I go into the closet about what’s working for my body that morning. I feel like that’s how everyone should go after fashion, because it’s an individual thing. And then, if you take it further, it’s like: What week are you having? You having a skinny week? You having a fat week? Are we doing arms this week? We doing legs this week? We doing oversized? I love to play with silhouettes as well, but I think it’s important to make sure that you wear the thing that works for your body the best, and that’s flattering.

What guys should wear: “Black! Yes. This is new for me; this is recent. I love a man in black. It’s so sexy and mysterious; confident and secure — all the things I love about a man. So, I’m into that.

Should men wear sandals? “I’m from the islands, so we don’t wear socks with shoes, especially sneakers. But it depends on the man. Like, I don’t want to see my boyfriend wearing flip-flops when he’s going to an event. But if Yusef, my hair stylist, wore some flip-flops — and I’ve seen him wear some crazy ones, especially the Versace sandals or something like that — he turns it out. It really depends on the man; you really gotta be able to pull it off.

Whether she checks out trends on Instagram: “Instagram is the death of all trends. Once it gets there, it’s too late. It’s gone. I’m so over it. I can’t; I can’t deal.

What she does when she has a bad week: “I pray a lot. A lot. And I try to just look at every situation like there’s some reason behind it. Even if I can’t feel it in that moment, I just thank God anyway, because I know that there’s something better coming, and he’s doing it for my good. I just don’t understand it right now. I look forward to when it’s revealed to me.

[From The Cut]

“I actually have had the pleasure of a fluctuating body type…” Only Rihanna can get away with saying that and actually come across as completely above-board. Imagine if Gwyneth said that. Then again, Gwyneth would never admit to a fluctuating body type!! But yes, it’s true, Rihanna’s weight has yo-yo’d a bit this year. I enjoy that, precisely because we’re getting to see how Rihanna dresses when she’s a little bit thicker. She’s approaching weight gain like a styling opportunity to be relished, which is a great way to look at it. Of course, it always helps when you look like Rihanna to begin with.

Also: I feel like the only woman in the world who doesn’t care about men in sandals. Most men have ugly feet. But men deserve to let their fug feet breathe in warm weather too. Toe equality, peeps! Men should feel free to wear sandals.

Rihanna attends the 'Fenty Beauty' photocall

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  1. velourazure says:

    Rihanna for President.

  2. HH says:

    Yes, I LOVE the way she put that and I feel she means it as a “pleasure.” Double yes to her comments on Instagram. I’m over Fashion Nova. Like, why?!

    Also, I don’t care about men in sandals either.

    • mia girl says:

      I actually like guys in a casual look with flip slop style sandals. My husband wears them often.
      I live in Miami so it kind of goes with the weather.

      • ElleC says:

        I feel surprisingly conflicted about men’s sandals. It seems like there are only three options and they’re all equally terrible:

        1) flip-flops/slides that look like shower shoes
        2) the velcro strappy ones that look like they’re for toddlers
        3) those oh-so-European leather ones that look like dress shoes with cutouts

        (Summer is fraught for my poor husband)

    • Anners says:

      Meh, I’m not bothered at all by men in sandals – especially in warm weather. I mean, they would maybe look dumb with a suit, but otherwise I really don’t get the hate.

  3. Lucy says:

    Love her. Honestly. Her take on life inspires me.

  4. Lynnie says:

    “Instagram is the death of all trends. Once it gets there, it’s too late. It’s gone. I’m so over it. I can’t; I can’t deal.”

    YES! A THOUSAND TIMES YES!!!!!!!! Anything holo, millennial pink, whatever the Kardashian look is, the contrived downmarket trend, etc have all been ruined for me, because people overdo it to deathhhhhhhhhhh since no one has a concept of originality anymore smh.

  5. Lofi says:

    I love the way she said that, she doesn’t frame fluctuating weight changes as bad just as an opportunity to switch things up. Do you have any idea the headaches women would spare themselves from if the viewed changes in our body as opportunities rather than horrible events.

  6. Curiosity says:

    Does she still make songs?

  7. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I really do like her positive attitude towards her body! But that doesn’t work for me because I can’t afford to buy multiple clothes to keep up with a constantly fluctuating body shape. What keeps me in shape is not the desire to be thin and attractive, but the desire to avoid having to spend more money on clothes. (I am more cheap than vain).

  8. Superstef says:

    I like how she made weight fluctuations seem normal and something to be embraced with fashion. I think a lot of women feel this way about their bodies, especially as we age. I don’t always like her fashion, but I do appreciate how she looks great and confident at any size/outfit.

    I love it when dudes wear sandals! If they have nasty feet, treat them to a good pedicure. In my experience, men enjoy it!


  9. meh says:

    I am completely unashamed in my total love for Rihanna. Sometimes I’m not sure if I want to be her or if I just want to be friends with her.

  10. ElleC says:

    Probably an unpopular opinion but as much as I like what she said about fluctuating weight being a pleasure, I’m not so down with the idea that changes in your body require dressing differently to “hide/flatter” on your “fat weeks/days.”

    It buys into the notion that some clothes/silhouettes are only for some bodies. Not true. Bodycon is for fat girls, short shorts are for fat girls, bikinis are for fat girls and there’s plenty of evidence on Insta that girls of any size can rock any silhouette. Not dragging Rhianna – I just don’t believe that the body cries out for an empire waistline on “fat days.”

    When I was overweight, I was happiest when I stopped trying to “flatter” my body and wore the styles I liked. So what if people find my thighs or stomach gross? They probably don’t like fat bodies anyway. And it never ends… now I’m forty pounds smaller there are equally silly rules for my small butt/breasts!

  11. Egla says:

    Well I like that she is so cool with whatever weight she has at the moment considering she is part of an industry that values looks more than talent to be honest. That attitude helps her to look so good and so confident. She takes risks as we all have seen fashion wise. You have no idea how good it does to a lot of young girls to look and listen to her. That said, it’s true that no matter the weight we want to look good so sure we are going to choose flattering clothes to cover our “bad” angles so she is right in what she says.
    I don’t fluctuate much to be honest 2-3 kg max but all that weight goes to my hips for some reasons so I try to cover that part or wear clothes that flatter me best and once I feel good with what I’m wearing I can go out and enjoy my day.

  12. JAMS says:

    If you know Rihanna, this shade was a praise of her own Blackness. Black women are more voluptuous period. I think most who were commenting, spitefully so, about her weight gain was white media/white men & women. I thoroughly enjoyed this response.

  13. raincoaster says:

    Huaraches, yes. But not mandals.

  14. SKF says:

    I’m from Australia, “flip flops” – which we call thongs – are basically our national uniform. 100% men can look well-dressed and hot with thongs on.

  15. Tan says:

    Rihanna has atrocious sense of style.

    Most of her look put together is a massive major miss.

    There I said it.

    I seriously don’t why everyone in this website fawn over her style.

    I followed her on IG for a while anf its onr bad after another and I gave up.

  16. CharlieBouquet says:

    I wish her confidence came in pill form, I’d take it twice daily.
    I hate feet, seeing gross feet, flip flops and their slapping noise. My husband has feet like a hobbit so he doesn’t wear sandals.