If you need proof of Rihanna's fearlessness, look no further than her new "Pour It Up" music video.
The 25-year-old singer both directed and stars in the raunchy clip, which - true to the song's lyrics - features plenty of both dollar bills, strippers, and their requisite poles.
As RiRi showed on her Instagram account, she even fit in some pole practice for the shoot.
But, the star tells Glamour magazine in its November issue, that carefree attitude had to be cultivated.
"I had to regain my fearlessness because it did go away for a little bit," Rihanna says. "My mother said something to me a few years ago: 'I’ve seen something in your eyes I’ve never seen before: fear.' She was like, 'No, this is not you.' I just got back to being OK with myself."
Rihanna admits that she was teased as a kid, but believes the criticism helped prepare her for the kind that comes with fame.
"I got teased my entire school life. What they were picking on I don’t even understand. It was my skin color [which was lighter than her classmates’]. Then when I got older, it was about my breasts. But I’m not victimized - I’m grateful. ... It’s so easy for me to deal with the bulls*** now," she says.
If the singer does get any negative feedback for her latest video, it wouldn't be the first time. Another single, "Man Down," was criticized for promoting violence. But, the artist tells Glamour, she's gotten used to being misunderstood.
"When people call me Robyn, my head just flies around because I feel like that person knows me. But Rihanna, that tends to be people’s own [creation]. Robyn is who I am. Rihanna - that’s an idea of who I am," she says. "That’s why it’s important for me to know who I am. There’s no way for people to know me. All they have are a couple of pictures and some crazy headlines to go off of."
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some were fake and some were real. she never really knew and is more confused then before.
rock on boys
He busts machines for her...
and he still cannot touch his own ding dong....haaaaaaaaa...you deserve it
You know what you did baby...experience project told us
Back in my day a woman would be hung for wearing such make-up. I'm sure it is written in the bible somewhere that a woman should not alter her appearance as god intended it to look a certain way for a reason. That's why most popstars will be going to the kingdom of death and not to the shining utopia of heaven, where i shall be residing.
she does look her age....shame
do you give your nan written permission too master himself? does he need too sign something before letting 1 rip
you have too understand its what I deal with....haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
The broad was better in 'Battleship' than anything she's ever done on a stage.
hint – she didnt sing in Battleship
FACT: THE BLUE ON LIPS MEANS TRYING TO LOOK LIKE DEATH....BUT REALLY ITS A WAY OF SAYING
I NEED ATTENTION....LOOK AT ME...I'VE TRIED EVERYTHING AND THERE IS STILL NO THRILL
do you give you an written permission too master himself? does he need too sign something before letting 1 rip
Blue Lipstick is all the rage...just saw iit a magazine.
makes her look cold!
Is she referring to herself in the 3rd person? Maybe the blue lips are from lack of O2 since she's so high and mighty
she looks perfectly fine. yall focus is on the picture but if you read the passage .. clearly states that talking down on her obviously boosts up her NOT giving af ness, haha.
FACT: SOMETIMES IT IS BETTER NOT TO EXPLAIN YOURSELF TO PEOPLE YOU DON'T KNOW....
The blue lipstick id not happening
Blue lips mean she has an oxygen deficiency. She is suffocating!
Naw, she just has blue lips to go with her blue gums.
Not the comments I was expect¡ng. I thought a Chris Brown comment would've been on here.
Yeah, not loving the blue l¡ps. I have to agree with Somebody Help Her, it does look like suffocation.
I think somebody has been sucking on a lot of blue Popsicles, or the suffocation thing might be a factor. That giant ego might have sucked all the air out of the room. I think she needs immediate medical attention. lol...
Blue Waffles O.o
she does not drink much water does she?
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