The bad gal only has the baddest surprises for the world.
Despite baring it all since her career began in the early 2000s, Rihanna is still one of those celebrities that remain unpredictable. Sure, everything she does is risqué—and we’re not just talking about skin—the bad gal is the true definition of risk-taker, especially when she became the first woman of color to lead her own luxury brand at retail giant LVMH (sitting alongside the likes of Louis Vuitton, Dior, Tiffany & Co., Fendi). Aside from her philanthropic efforts, representation for different POC around the world stands strong and has always been her priority. And in light of her unveiling her baby bump (finally!), here are eight times Rihanna left the world shook.
1. WHEN SHE HAD BEEF WITH INSTAGRAM
Rihanna’s Instagram account from 2012-2014 was a gold mine of sultry selfies, stunning street style photos, and only the most savage clapbacks as well-documented by Rihplies. But when she was banned from the app and deleted her account (by mistake as they claimed), fans assumed that it was because of her controversial, topless magazine cover to which they called out the platform for being sexist. Of course, she was also one of the first to join the #FreeTheNipple movement. She even talked about in on her song, Sex With Me, where she says, “Stay up off my Instagram, pure temptation.” Thankfully, she made a comeback after six months with the hashtag “#RIHunited.”
2. WHEN RIHANNA SURPRISED US ALL WITH AN ALBUM DROP THAT’S HOPEFULLY NOT HER LAST
rihanna about releasing new music ? pic.twitter.com/xNsZfrzLwm— ??????? (@gabgonebad) February 14, 2022
When Rihanna released her 8th studio album Anti in 2016, nobody saw it coming. It has zero skips and absolutely showed the Barbadian singer’s vocal prowess, vulnerability, and tenacity altogether. Well, it’s been almost six years and we’re still in a Rihanna drought. But even then, Anti remains on its 302nd week in the Billboard charts to this day. What would you feel though if it was her last? Say it isn’t so, Riri. *Sobs in the corner*
3. HER CFDA AWARDS LOOK THAT WE STILL CAN’T MOVE ON FROM
Rihanna’s THE photo pic.twitter.com/6OetzrSjai— hourly rihanna (@rihannahourlyy) January 15, 2022
Rihanna always shuts down the red carpet and that’s just a fact. With countless Met Gala looks among many others, a Fashion Icon award given by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2014 was unprecedented. Her Swarovski-encrusted naked dress by Adam Selman still lives in our heads rent-free, along with her unforgettable speech. “She can beat me, but she cannot beat my outfit.” WORD.
4. WHEN FENTY BEAUTY’S 50-SHADE RANGE OF FOUNDATION MADE OTHER BRANDS SWEAT
Have we not learned from Rihanna’s roasts in the past? Clearly, the point was missed when a shady post by a makeup brand captioned their products that “40 shades isn’t something new,” proving that they’re still the “experts,” which made Rihanna fire back. From the beginning, Fenty Beauty’s objective was to be inclusive to all women and men of color who’ve been having trouble finding the right foundation shade for their skin tones, hence the creation of 50 shades. Another first.
5. WHEN SHE SMASHED A DOZEN WORLD RECORDS
For a career spanning 16 years, Rihanna’s already broken a lot of world records on and off the charts, including six Guinness World Records. In 2014, she was crowned “Most Liked Person on Facebook” dethroning rapper Eminem.
6. AWARDED “NATIONAL HERO” OF BARBADOS
That Rihanna reign just won’t let up. She will now be addressed, “The Right Excellent,” after Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley honored her as the country’s National Hero. As she should! “Nothing compares to being recognized by the soil you grew up in,” she says.
7. WHEN RIHANNA’S SAVAGE X FENTY BROUGHT ALL THE SMOKE TO THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOWS
No one else can make us comfortable in our own skin other than our savior, Rihanna. She made every body type feel seen and heard when she launched her own lingerie line, Savage X Fenty in 2018. Athletes, amputees, singers, heck, even pregnant women and personalities of all walks of life were the stars of the her much-anticipated runway shows which often had the most theatric performances. After countless incidents of body-shaming in the industry (including herself), Rihanna took another big step in making the world a better place.
8. HER PREGNANCY REVEAL
Rihanna responds to fan’s message regarding pregnancy rumors:— Pop Base (@PopBase) December 2, 2021
“Y’all breed me every year dammit” pic.twitter.com/tcDSjlDtHQ
Ever since the world was introduced to “Thick-anna,” the singer’s been subject to pregnancy rumors constantly. And that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with it except it gets annoyingly repetitive. “Y’all breed me every year dammit,” she responds to a fan who says everyone is just up in her uterus right now. Fast forward to two months later, and she announced her pregnancy in the most Rihanna way: with a street style pic wearing a Chanel 1996 archive coat. She has forever upped the standard of maternity wear. Legendary. Maybe body-shamers could learn a thing or two from telling pregnant women to cover up. Congratulations to everyone, we’re all aunties and uncles now!