Rihanna is a real dynamite-woman! Her style is absolutely cool, she inspires with her talent and everything she touches turns into gold. Her albums have been sold in millions of pieces, and the whole world knows her songs by heart (with “We Found Love” heading). Robyn Fenty (that what she’s really called) uses her fame not only in VIP rooms: since 2006 she’s regularly been supporting social campaigns and charity events. She’s one of the greatest stage stars of current times, and yet she can’t sit still 😉 In the “Battleship” movie she played non-com Cora Raikes, and in the “This Is the End” comedy – herself. She designed the hit line of clothing for River Island, and is the creative director of Puma. She advertised MAC’s “Viva Glam” lipsticks, Nivea cream, and Vita Coco coconut water. She’s got a few bestselling perfumes on her account, and the was the first Afro-American woman to star in Dior’s ad campaign. She’s beautiful, influential, and… she knows how to have great fun 😉 Find out which 5 things you could learn from her 😀
1. GO FOR SOMETHING NEW! DON’T TREAT FASHION TOO SERIOUSLY.
Rihanna’s attitude to fashion is healthy: she treats it as a perfect occasion to have fun 😉 She doesn’t get attached neither to trends, nor to her image, regularly changing her hair color and style. She wears wigs, likes tattoos, and makes use of her stylists’ tips. Adam Selman, who picks her clothes, is always busy. Rihanna is the first one to present new trends, when fashion editors are still digging in last season looks 😉 She never puts ready sets on. She always tries to “pump up” her perfect look with a surprising accessory. One time she puts on socks, with an inappropriate sign, then decides to wear everything in pink. She’s not afraid to look weird, feisty, or sexy. She happens to pretend to be Kurt Cobain in a huge checked shirt, and next day runs around in a velour body and high boots. She doesn’t resemble those stars who’d never wear trousers, cause they know that they look best in train dresses. She’s the kind of girl who one day wears her hair dark, long, and wavy (gossip services: “Rihanna came back to her natural color, perfect!”), and the next day – short and pink. Surprise! 😀 If she feels good in something for too long, she immediately changes it for something else. The world is offering too many possibilities! 😉 And how do you know that you wouldn’t be happier trying something else…? PS. If you wanna see all of Rihanna’s images, I recommend this WEBPAGE.
2. YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, SO MAKE USE OF IT
The singer is aware that life isn’t all about work. She can sometimes spend even a few days in a row in a recording studio, but when she’s not busy, she knows how to make use of it. She’s a real party girl! I’d love to attend a party with her, but taking into consideration her character, I’m sure I’d doze off before midnight 😉 Even though, like everyone, she sometimes has reasons to worry (see: #4), she tries to stay positive. She won’t stop joking in Jimmy Kimmel’s show, keeps dancing and singing on her Snaps, and offers champagne to everyone on events, getting the party started. She admits that she’d rather go to a club to dance than spend her time in elegant receptions. She also reveals that she loves doing practical jokes on her band, especially during long tours. I get the impression that she’s all the time up to something 😉 Well, her drug pictures are shocking, but Rihanna is a big girl, and she seems that she knows what she’s doing. “How to survive on a party till 5 AM” is, despite appearances, not the only thing you might learn in #1 of this article. Think once again: Why do people love her so much? I think that she can turn every moment into great fun, her laugh is transmitted to everybody else in the room and she’s not a buzzkill, who keeps tormenting everyone with their problems. Just like Rihanna, talk about your problems with you closest friends, and then go out, relax, and forget about the whole world!
3. DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR ROOTS. ONLY THEN YOU’LL KNOW WHO YOU REALLY ARE.
And no. It’s not a Paolo Cohelo quote, but Rihanna’s life motto. Robyn Flenty used to live in a modern bungalow in the capital of Barbados, and instead of hitting on boys, she was helping her parents at home. Her mom – an accountant – didn’t have a lot of time for her family, and her father fought with a heroine and alcohol addiction. When the singer achieved her spectacular music success in the US, she finally was able to forget her tough childhood and roots. Yet she’s not planning on forgetting who she was. Up to now she recalls her grandma, Dolly, with great nostalgia. She still keeps in touch with her toxic father, taking him from time to time to elegant dinners. Striving for the improvement of their relations, she forgave him the interviews he’s given on the details of her private life. She appears with her mom on the red carpet (often accompanied by her granddad), and when talking to journalists, she often emphasizes: “I’m really grateful that she let me leave the house, even though I was only 16!”. She comes to her home island every year, to take part in the traditional carnival. She loves dancing in the colorful cavalcade, wearing a tuft of feathers, and a costume encrusted with jewels 😉 She uploads sweet pictures with her goddaughter, little Majesty, and has her lifelong friends and cousins in as her closest coworkers 😉 You, just like Rihanna, don’t forget about your family! Neither your boss, nor your clients haven’t been with you when you were not sure if you’d be able to make your dreams come true 😉 It just takes a simple call to your mom to ask her how she’s doing. I try to do that as often as I can! 😀
4. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME AND ENERGY ON TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS. IT’S NOT WORTH IT!
Rihanna says about Chris Brown: „He was the love of my life.” She started dating him in 2008. At the beginning their relationship was perfect, and they couldn’t live without eachother. It all ended in 2009, when the night before the Grammy Awards Chris beat his girlfriend, and the medical pictures leaked to the media. The musician was arrested and got a restriction order. The reason of the fight were the texts in Brown’s mobile, which made it clear that he had a lover. The star lost a friend, her beloved one, and her pride in one evening. Gossip magazines were writing about her life, and strangers started giving her advice on what she should do. In her Oprah Winfrey interview, Rihanna admits that she was furious in that time, and despite that she kept worrying about Chris. She cut her hair and recorded one of her most touching CDs, “Rated R”. She soon withdrew her accusations against Brown and… started dating him again! They recorded a couple of tracks together (among others „Nobody`s Bussines”, which title is relevant), went for basketball matches and constantly kept tweeting. They later broke up again, and the musician moved in with a model, Kerreuche Tran and took care of raising his daughter from another relationship, Royalty. Even though American services say that they’ve been meeting for some time now again, the singer had her lesson. She knows that toxic relationships is a waste of time! She’s more mature and self-confident. Just as she is, be conscious of your value, and avoid toxic relationships. Cut off the bad stuff, and be happy. Your ex should regret not having made use of his chance!
5. TAKE CARE OF YOUR CONTACTS. AFTER ALL, IT’S PEOPLE WHO DECIDE.
If it wasn’t for a couple of people in the music business, she’d have followed her father’s steps, and would have worked on a street clothes market in Bridgetown. Luckily, in 2003 her friend introduced her to a music producer, Evan Rogers. She took part in a casting, organized in his hotel room, and captivated everyone around. They say that when she started singing, two of the earlier auditioned singers stopped existing 😉 Roger helped her record a couple of demos, which he later sent to America’s biggest production companies. When Jay-Z, a famous rapper, and the CEO of Def Jam heard the “Con De Repley” song, he knew that the young girl from Barbados will soon become someone huge. All the more, that she kept repeating: “I wanna be a black Madonna!”. He signed a contract with the debutant and helped her change into the modern and naughty Rihanna. What’s interesting is that when she moved to the US, and had nowhere to go, Rogers and his wife offered her a place to stay. The investment paid off a long time ago. That’s the moral for you! 😉 Try not only to support your given friends, just as Anja Rubik does, but also look for mentors, who’ll lead you to the right path. No matter, if your dream is to star in movies, have a career in business, listen to the older, learn from the best, and try to meet “proper” people. Networking, namely gaining new friends, is a key to success in every branch.