On Rihanna, Robyn and fearlessness
October 2nd, 2013
04:47 PM ET

On Rihanna, Robyn and fearlessness

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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  1. daily snitch

    "Over The Top: Miley Cyrus VS. Rihanna" Think #Miley went crazy or is she just copying #Rihanna's wild career moves? http://goo.gl/i03jtG

    October 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Poor Thing

    some were fake and some were real. she never really knew and is more confused then before.

    rock on boys

    October 8, 2013 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. This one is true

    He busts machines for her...

    and he still cannot touch his own ding dong....haaaaaaaaa...you deserve it

    October 8, 2013 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. The Fake Deed Letter

    You know what you did baby...experience project told us

    October 8, 2013 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mavis Berrymcweather

    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.

    Good day,
    Mavis Berrymcweather
    Florida Hills

    October 8, 2013 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. OUR FAMILY LAWYER CALLED...DEED LETTER WAS A FAKE...NOW BEING TRACKED

    thanks

    October 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. He busts machines for her...

    and he still cannot touch his own ding dong....haaaaaaaaa...you deserve it

    October 4, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sky?

    Sky?

    do you give your nan written permission too master himself? does he need too sign something before letting 1 rip

    haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    October 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bimbo43 says

    you have too understand its what I deal with....haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    October 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rock

    The broad was better in 'Battleship' than anything she's ever done on a stage.
    hint – she didnt sing in Battleship

    October 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SKY

    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

    October 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sky?

      do you give you an written permission too master himself? does he need too sign something before letting 1 rip

      haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      October 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vogue

    Blue Lipstick is all the rage...just saw iit a magazine.

    October 3, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Meh

    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

    October 3, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Riekell

    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.

    October 3, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. SKY

    FACT: SOMETIMES IT IS BETTER NOT TO EXPLAIN YOURSELF TO PEOPLE YOU DON'T KNOW....

    October 3, 2013 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  16. maggie

    The blue lipstick id not happening

    October 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Somebody help her

      Blue lips mean she has an oxygen deficiency. She is suffocating!

      October 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • J B Stoner

      Naw, she just has blue lips to go with her blue gums.

      October 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • V¡xen

      Lol

      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.

      October 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ※Sadie※

      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...

      October 3, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • KJM

      Blue Waffles O.o

      gah >_<

      October 3, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • MJK

      Blue lips-interesting.

      October 3, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • *joey*

      she does not drink much water does she?

      October 3, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |

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