Rihanna on why she thinks women like her: ‘Maybe it’s because I’m thicc now’

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Remember when Rihanna invented the skinny brow?!? My God, I’m still not over Rihanna’s magnificent British Vogue cover for the September issue. She’s amazing and this just proves, yet again, that Rihanna can pull off any look. Anyway, some quotes were released for Rihanna’s cover interview, and they’re worth discussing. Rihanna keeps killing it when she talks about body image, have you noticed that? Her weight has been fluctuating for the past year and a half, but she’s not worried about it. She owns her thiccness. Some highlights:

Why she thinks women love her: “Ok, you’re asking the wrong person. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m ‘thicc’ now. I don’t know.”

She’s actually ready to get back in the gym: “I’m about to get back into the gym and stuff, and I hope I don’t lose my butt or my hips or all of my thighs. I’ll lose some but not all. And I think of my boobs, like, ‘Imma lose everything, everything goes!’ But, you know, it comes with a price. You want to have a butt, then you have a gut.”

Why she’s going back to the gym: “I just need to get healthy and stay healthy because I’m 30 now, you know, I can’t play them games no more. Can’t play the mac’n'cheese-in-the-middle-of-the-night games.”

People always ask her for advice: “I get a lot of boy-advice questions. I think a lot of people meet people and then they’re dating the idea of what the person could become, and that person never shows up and then they’re just mad disappointed. A person can always get better, they can always get worse, but you’ve got to be fine with what you met them as.”

Loyalty is important: “I’m very picky about friends. I don’t like to open myself up to everyone and so when you find people who are great and loyal, you don’t want to let go of that. I’ve been out here on my own since I was a teenager, so these people become like your family.”

[From People]

Do you think Rihanna is more popular now because she’s thicc? I think that’s PART of it, but not the whole picture. Yes, we like it when a huge celebrity is truly “just like us” and gains a little weight and doesn’t seem to care about it. But to be clear, Rihanna was already wildly popular with women before she got thicc. And I remember her butt before the thiccness… it was a butt of dreams. Even if she loses weight, she’s still going to have a great butt (but yeah, the boobs will probably go).

cover and photos courtesy of British Vogue.

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  1. Jessica says:

    I love thick and skinny Rihanna!

  2. Carol says:

    I love Riri because of her self confidence. She is invested in who she is and doesn’t let societal norms and expectations effect what she does. I love her sense of sexuality and how she owns it. I also love in “Work” Drake says, “rolling rolling how many more shots till you are rolling?”. She doesn’t even care about getting to Drake’s late because she is so bad ass. I love her.

  3. Veronica S. says:

    She has a blunt confidence about her that I think is the real reason why people like her. Some of it is calculated image, but the success of her brand is that she manages to make it look genuine and effortless.

    • Jay (the Canadian one) says:

      “Blunt confidence”… is that a double entendre?

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I think her confidence is so inspiring, and people do love her for it. I also think that her inclusive make-up line made people flat out adore her because she acknowledged a lot of people who previously felt unseen and unheard. Such a broad spectrum of colors in her foundation line was an act of consideration and acknowledgment, and I think it really impacted people on a deep level.

  4. Miss Grace Jones says:

    Her confidence is authentic and doesn’t come from a place of looking down on others. She’s funny as hell. She’s gorgeous. Her makeup brand is actually problack and not just for false diversity points.

    She gifted us with the amazing and perservering Slick Woods.

    She’s actually the only artist for everything but her music, but her new dancehall album may change that.

    • Erinn says:

      Not only is the makeup brand pro-black (sadly rare when it comes to ‘big’ brands), but it’s also REALLY good. Not every product will work for everyone, but there’s a lot of solid stuff in the lineup, and the quality is just great. I have difficult skin, and the foundation has a tendency to break me out if I don’t prime carefully. But I keep using it! Then she decides she’s going to make lingerie, and makes a wide size range.

      I think one of her best qualities is that this sort of business decision is just obvious to her. She is not someone who wants to exclude anyone, if her name is on it, she wants it to be as inclusive and as good as she can make it. It doesn’t seem to need a second thought – it’s just what she does.

      She’s got this amazing level of confidence without arrogance, but she’s also friendly without being cloying. She just seems to be so genuine, and likable.

      • Désirée says:

        I think she straightened her way for some time now and people love her even more because of that and her inclusive philosophy within her cosmetic range and lingerie collection. I love her “IDGAF” attitude and overall confidence, she seems like a boss woman but I also remember how she fucked up by getting back with Chris Brown after he beat her up, how she shot numerous passive aggressive racist shots to his now ex-girlfriend Karreuche Tran (who is half Asian) and how she used to “clap back” saying demeaning/racist/body shaming stuff to people on twitter… so… well done Rihanna for growing up and out of your less likable shady side.

  5. me says:

    Hey Riri, just ask Kim and her sisters how to “lose weight” and still keep your boobs and butt lol.

  6. Enn says:

    I love her, but she didn’t invent skinny eyebrows. We were doing that in the ’90s (and paying for it now).

    • Crumbs says:

      I think that was hyperbole. I think the majority of us remember 90′s fashion from living living through it.

    • Sunnee says:

      Skinny eyebrows keep recurring every twenty to thirty years. They were in the 1930’s with Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich. In the 70’s Bianca Jagger and Donna Summer had super skinny brows too. To me fashion and beauty industries are like ping pong, soon as women decide to go one way the fashion industry does a 180. That’s why I think we should find what suits us personally and keep that as a basic. You can freshen up the look periodically, but go with your own personal style. Personally my brows are thin, and I couldn’t have thick brows if I tried.

      • Desdemina says:

        So glad someone finally mentioned this! 90s makeup drew a lot on the 30s and 40s (powdery matte skin, natural looking blush, thin brows, a good red lip) though the shades available were quite different by then.

    • Shazza says:

      I don’t recall her saying she invented them. But did you see someone wrote a WHOLE article about Rihanna ‘appropriating’ East LA gang culture with her eyebrows? I loved that some of the replies had Marlena Dietrich with them in the 30′s, Twiggy in the 60′s, Iman in the 70s and Naomi in the 90′s. and i believe it was a makeup trick, she didn’t shave her brows.

  7. Nova says:

    I think women like because her IDGAF attitude is aspirational. I can never pull it off but I try to care less.

  8. Beth says:

    I don’t think her size matters, because women have always liked and admired her. I’m definitely not a fan of skinny eyebrows, but she still looks gorgeous

  9. SM says:

    The only thing she needs to ditch are those brows. But she is Rihanna, it’s imossible nkt to admire her. She is a rock star

    • otaku fairy... says:

      Normally I don’t like super-thin penciled-in eyebrows (don’t care for the super thick eyebrows Lily Collins does either, though), but she just manages to pull it off. This whole cover is gorgeous.

  10. oh-dear says:

    I like her because she seems so fun. She always looks like she has a funny secret or observation she’s not telling, which makes me think she has a hilarious take on the world. I want in on that secret…

  11. Jess says:

    I love Rihanna and I think she’s the most beautiful woman on Earth. Don’t even try to fight me on this one, lol

  12. Ginger says:

    She is never not amazing. Any size, any style.

  13. Rebecca says:

    I’ve always liked Rihanna. Most of the songs on my iPhone that I actually bought are by Rihanna. I like her music, but I think it’s also because she’s relatable and she says what she thinks. She’s been through some of the same stuff I have. The relationship with the domestic violence, the guys who won’t commit, etc. I don’t know. I just love her.

  14. MJMeow says:

    I love Rihanna’s voice. Her ability to change her music style. She DGAF, gorgeous no matter what size she is and she doesn’t suffer fools. And I loved her in Valerian.

  15. Weekendwarrior says:

    I was never a fan but I like her voice and enjoy the emotiveness and I think she’s a better singer than people who might prefer those Adele-type voices give her credit for. I personally think she appeals because she has never seemed one bit fake or pretentious in her interviews. She’s stayed genuine, “thicc” or thin.