Red-hot Rihanna

By admin
08 April 2011

It’s hard to believe she’s only 23 years old – in fact, it’s hard to remember a time she wasn’t around. Turn on the radio at any given time and you’re bound to hear one of Rihanna’s hits sooner or later.

In April alone the Barbados-born beauty graces the cover of fashion bible Vogue – in a shoot done by iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz – and that of influential music magazine Rolling Stone.

Everyone from English pop star Cheryl Cole to US first lady Michelle Obama call her the girl they love to love. Designers fall over themselves to get her in the front row of their catwalk shows and everyone from rappers to movie makers and beauty houses want to work with her.

She’s officially the biggest female performer in the world – bigger than Gaga and Beyoncé combined. So just what is it about Rihanna that makes her so special?

“It’s that dash of danger,” an industry insider says. “Of course she’s talented but she’s edgy too. She’s über-hot, über-cool and über-sexy all at the same time.”

Yet there was a time not too long ago when another image of Rihanna was embedded in people’s memories – pictures of her badly battered face after a shockingly violent encounter with then boyfriend Chris Brown after the 2009 Grammy Awards.

But while it may have floored a lesser person, Rihanna has emerged from it better than ever.

After the beating she “put up her guard”, she says. “I didn’t want people to see me cry. I wanted people to see me as ‘I’m fine; I’m tough’,” she says in Rolling Stone.

Since then the only man she’s dated has been baseball player Matt Kemp – who also has a history of violence toward women.

What draws her to bad boys? “I think I’m a bit of a masochist,” she confesses in Rolling Stone. “It’s not something I’m proud of and it’s not something I noticed until recently.

Rihanna admits she likes “high-risk guys with an edge” and enjoys kinky sex. “I like to be submissive. I love to be spanked. Being tied up is fun.”

Industry insiders take her remarks to mean she’s now so in control she can make statements that sound all the more shocking having come from a girl once beaten by her boyfriend. “Everyone loves a fighter and even more people love a winner,” a source says, “and Rihanna embodies both.”

Read the full story in YOU, 14 April 2011.

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