Rihanna: Princess Diana Was “Gangsta”

Truth rating: 10

By Daniel Gates


Rihanna talks style, haters, and tanning topless in the new Glamour. “My love for fashion — let me say, my admiration for fashion — started with my mom,” the singer tells the magazine. “I used to watch her get dressed. She was around my age right now, and she was so fly. So fly. I remember not even knowing how to do that because I was such a tomboy.”

Who does Rihanna admire now? “Oh my God, are you kidding me? Nicole Richie. She just pisses me off, she’s so good,” says the star. “But you know who is the best who ever did it? Princess Diana. She was like — she killed it.”

Rihanna adds, “Every look was right. She was gangsta with her clothes. She had these crazy hats. She got oversize jackets. I loved everything she wore.” Glamour asks her about leaving Barbados as “Robyn” and becoming “Rihanna.”

“When people call me Robyn, my head just flies around because I feel like that person knows me. But Rihanna, that tends to be people’s own [creation],” explains the singer. “Robyn is who I am. Rihanna — that’s an idea of who I am.” Growing up wasn’t always easy. Rihanna explains, “I got teased my entire school life. What they were picking on I don’t even understand. It was my skin color [which was lighter than her classmates’]. Then when I got older, it was about my breasts.”

“But I’m not victimized — I’m grateful. I think those experiences were strategically put together by God for the preparation of being in the music industry. It’s so easy for me to deal with the bullsh-t now,” she says. Does Rihanna feel “trapped” by her fans and fame? “There’s stuff like not being able to walk around as I please,” she admits. “I feel like I’m being watched. Always. Like, I want to tan topless somewhere, and I know I probably could never do that. Even if I’m upstairs in my bedroom, and the curtains are pulled, I feel like a paparazzo’s outside on a boat somewhere or somebody’s peeping.”

She also knows that her fans and others are bound to get the wrong impression of her. Rihanna explains, “I know I am [misunderstood]. That’s why it’s important for me to know who I am. There’s no way for people to know me. All they have are a couple of pictures and some crazy headlines to go off of.” But she can handle the haters. “I can’t run from it. You can’t change who you are. It’s important for me to know who I am and work with that,” Rihanna tells Glamour. “They’re gonna keep knocking away until all this comes crashing down. But I’m not gonna ever crash. I’m in control.”

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