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“I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.” ~ Rihanna Fenty
Once again, Rihanna Fenty graces the cover of June Vogue, looking as stunning and vibrant as ever. In an interview with Chioma Nnadi, she discusses relationships, taking time for herself and life at 30. Plus her reaction to body shaming and growing her beauty and fashion empire.
Here are some excerpts:
On the importance of taking personal time:
“I used to feel guilty about taking personal time…Even mentally, just to be away from my phone, to be in the moment, that has been key for my growth…Now, when I come to work, I’m all in. Because before you know it, the years will go by. I’m glad I’m taking the time. I’m happy.”
Now that she’s 30:
“OK, so now that I’m 30, are there things I’m supposed to do? Should I be worried? Should I be freezing my eggs? What do you do at 30?!”
How she felt about people’s reaction to Fenty Beauty:
“As a black woman, I could not live with myself if I didn’t do that…But what I didn’t anticipate was the way people would get emotional about finding their complexion on the shelf, that this would be a groundbreaking moment.”
Her reaction to body shaming:
“You’ve just got to laugh at yourself, honestly. I mean, I know when I’m having a fat day and when I’ve lost weight. I accept all of the bodies…I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.”
On being a role model
“That title was put on me when I was just finding my way, making mistakes in front of the world. I didn’t think it was fair…Now I understand the concept, but at that time I was the same age as the girls who were looking up to me. And that’s a really hard place to be in as a teenager.”
About her new lingerie brand s-a-v-a-g-e:
“Savage is really about taking complete ownership of how you feel and the choices you make. Basically making sure everybody knows the ball is in your court…As women, we’re looked at as the needy ones, the naggy ones, the ones who are going to be heartbroken in a relationship. Savage is just the reverse. And you know, guys don’t like getting the cards flipped on them—ever.”
About the VMAs and Drake’s declaration of love:
“The VMAs is such a fan-focused awards show, so having that energy around me, and knowing the people who had received the award in the past, made it feel like a big deal…Waiting through that speech was probably the most uncomfortable part. I don’t like too many compliments; I don’t like to be put on blast.”
To read all of Rihanna’s interview with Chioma Nnadi, visit Vogue.com
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