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Rihanna is definitely our best friend…in our head. Despite her massive success, she’s a down to earth chick, which was reiterated all throughout her new interview with T Magazine (the fashion portion of the New York Times)

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In the piece, we didn’t learn about her new music or why her reasoning behind scraping her album #R8 in favor for Anti. We did however learn that Rihanna Goggle searches childbirth, and no the 27 year old isn’t pregnant. “I was searching the size of certain things, and how much they expand, and then what happens after” she said.

And no, the singer isn’t in a relationship either. “Guys need attention,’’ she explained. ‘‘They need that nourishment, that little stroke of the ego that gets them by every now and then. I’ll give it to my family, I’ll give it to my work — but I will not give it to a man right now.’’ She shared that it’s also hard to find a man that isn’t intimidated by her success.

Despite sitting high on a pedestal of fame and fortune, RihRih is still very aware of the race relations in this country and has had her own experiences with people expecting less from her as a woman of color and a sex symbol. “You know, when I started to experience the difference — or even have my race be highlighted — it was mostly when I would do business deals.’’

The Caucasian writer of the piece, Miranda July inserted a very sad but true misconception about the limited expectations of black entertainers, “…Everyone’s cool with a young black woman singing, dancing, partying and looking hot, but that when it comes time to negotiate, to broker a deal, she is suddenly made aware of her blackness.”

Being the first African American face of Dior is one of the singers many accomplishments, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg, “‘And, you know, that [racism] never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing. And it’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations.’

She adds, “…Those people are judging you because you’re packaged a certain way — they’ve been programmed to think a black man in a hoodie means grab your purse a little tighter. For me, it comes down to smaller issues, scenarios in which people can assume something of me without knowing me, just by my packaging.’’

Some would say if the singer wanted to be perceived more professionally, she could do more to control her image beginning with putting on more clothes. Her Instagram is filled with bikini clad and nearly naked photo shoots. RihRih’s response is that she could care less about what people think and she’s more than comfortable in her skin.

‘‘There’s no rule about whether you have to be clothed or not. I want to see a naked woman who isn’t even aware of her nakedness. And men are gonna do what they do — and I am gonna do what I do.’’

Drops mic! Read the full interview here.


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Rihanna On The Racism She’s Experienced Doing Business Deals And Why She Doesn’t Need A Man  was originally published on