Rihanna Addresses Race Issues And What Turns Her On (VIDEO)

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Rihanna New York Times T Magazine

By Shari Weiss


Rihanna New York Times T Magazine


Rihanna is one of “The Greats,” according to T, the New York Times style magazine, which is honoring her alongside Quentin Tarantino, Karl Lagerfeld, Jonathan Franzen, Steve McQueen, and Elizabeth Holmes. All, says the outlet, are “masters in their field.” Check out the video below!

For a cover story, Rihanna was interviewed by director and author Miranda July, and their conversation was wide-ranging and at times random. For instance, July asked what the singer searches on the Internet, and Rihanna revealed, “I will be sitting around Googling childbirth.”

“Childbirth is putting it the not-gross way,” she confessed. “I was searching the size of certain things, and how much they expand, and then what happens after.” The revelation led Rihanna to Google right then and there “phobia of a big vagina,” leading the star and July to debate whether the issue is “deep” or “wide.”

Don’t draw any conclusions, though. As badly as Rihanna wants to have kids, they’re not on her immediate agenda, in part because she’s not interested in dating right now. “Guys need attention. They need that nourishment, that little stroke of the ego that gets them by every now and then. I’ll give it to my family, I’ll give it to my work — but I will not give it to a man right now,” she said.

Asked, however, what turns her on, Rihanna shared, “I’m turned on by guys who are cultured. That’ll keep me intrigued. They don’t have to have a single degree, but they should speak other languages or know things about other parts of the world or history or certain artists or musicians. I like to be taught.”

Rihanna and July’s conversation went on to include the subject of “being a young black woman with power in America.” The Barbados-born performer admitted, “You know, when I started to experience the difference — or even have my race be highlighted — it was mostly when I would do business deal. And, you know, that never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing. And it’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations.”

“But I have to bear in mind that those people are judging you because you’re packaged a certain way — they’ve been programmed to think a black man in a hoodie means grab your purse a little tighter,” continued Rihanna. “For me, it comes down to smaller issues, scenarios in which people can assume something of me without knowing me, just by my packaging.”

Check out a short film from Rihanna’s shoot below, as well as clips of July talking about their meeting. TELL US: What do you think of Rihanna being named one of the “greats”?

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