Is it just me, or is Rihanna all over the place lately? One minute, she's on stage rocking a bedazzled bikini, and the next she's at the store buying sex toys with Drake (I won't ask). Now, the fiery redhead is on the cover of the September issue of Glamour magazine, talking inside about her A-list status:
"There's a pack. It's me, Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce ... who else? Ke$ha for sure. Women are definitely dominating music right now, and that's because we are competitive beings. I feel like music hasn't been this exciting in a while."
It's true. Rihanna is part of an amazing group of women who are totes rockin' the music industry right now. But it's not just because she's competitive or good looking. Rihanna, like all the other female musicians in the "pack," is successful because she's finally being herself.
At the beginning of her career, Rihanna was much more into the image her record label, at the time Def Jam Recordings, wanted for her. She tells Glamour that she "couldn't wear pink or red lipstick; it was just bizarre. We had a young fan base, and they were trying to keep me fresh."
Then in early 2009, post the whole Chris Brown debacle, the 23-year-old singer began coming into her own. She moved away from the popcentric diddies like "Umbrella" and "Livin' Your Life." She began to explore what she wanted, and moved toward more emotional and mature tracks, like her latest "California King Bed" and "Love the Way You Lie Part II," featured on her Loud album. Her lyrics became more explicit, fans got to see the real unrestricted Rihanna, and then the often-controversial Number 1 hits began to flow.
If you think about it, haven't a lot of today's artists evolved in the same way? Britney and Christina, for example, both emerged out of the pop princess revolution and have blossomed into iconic artists of their generation with their own individual flair and unique style. And if you ask me, I wouldn't have it any other way. Besides Rihanna is in good company.
Rihanna also told Glamour:
... when I met [Katy Perry], it was such a breath of fresh air. I just couldn't believe this chick had no edit button ... Katy and Lady Gaga came out of the gate exactly the way they think, the way they wanna dress, the way they wanna speak.
Because Rihanna's, too, is being herself and believing in her music now more than ever, that's what's making her so successful. That's why Rihanna is everywhere and exactly why her fans love her so much. Sure, now she's singing about S&M and laying in some big beds with men, but at least it's honest, right? I can't hate on the woman for singing about things that she's into, even if that means a bit of bondage is involved.
What do you think about Rihanna coming into her own?
Image via Ellen von Unwerth/Glamour
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