It's been ten years since Rihanna sang about her umbrella to us, which is definitely bound to make you feel old. Since then, she's been up to just a few things, like winning more Grammys and running this town.
In fact, she's had eight Grammy wins and 33 nominations, so you could say she's kind of a big deal. Rihanna, please don't stop the music. WE know you've got more great things to come.
Along with making music, Rihanna has kept herself busy by going and casually creating her own beauty line. No big deal, all in a day's work. It's called Fenty Beauty. Fenty is Rihanna's last name, which shocked a world who thought that Rihanna was just Rihanna, and could have no last name.
On Fenty Beauty's website, it's explained how makeup was always one of Rihanna's passions, and how when she "was a little girl in Barbados transfixed by her mother’s lipstick. The first time she experienced makeup for herself, she never looked back. Makeup became her weapon of choice for self-expression—a way to radiate her ever-changing mood—and it powered a fearless take on beauty that helped her become the boundary-breaking icon she is today." So, before there was music, there was makeup.
Rihanna saw a need in the makeup industry, and decided that she would be the one to fulfill it. So she made a makeup "that performed across all skin types and tones. She launched a makeup line 'so that women everywhere would be included,' focusing on a wide range of traditionally hard-to-match skin tones, creating formulas that work for all skin types, and pinpointing universal shades." The makeup line is a huge success, being praised especially for its foundation.
Any artist knows that when you create something, there are going to be people out there who critique it. So Twitter user lbertootero hopped on that train, and criticized Rihanna for not using transgender models in her beauty campaign. Alberto Otero is a graphic designer, and describes himself on his Twitter account as "savage." Rihanna would like to disagree.
Rihanna is a Grammy Award winning artist who doesn't need to bother with the opinions of other people. She likely gets thousands of messages each day like this one, and doesn't have the time to go through them all. But this Tweet did indeed prompt a reply, and the internet is loving it.
So Rihanna definitely didn't need to message back, but she wanted to make her point clear. She doesn't believe in using diversity just for diversity's sake, as nothing more than a convenient tool for marketing. "I've had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women throughout the years, but I don't go around doing trans castings!" she began in her direct message.
"I respect all women, and whether they're trans or not is none of my business! It's personal and some trans women are more comfortable being open about it than others so I have to respect that as a woman myself!" she went on. She believes that if a model has talent, it's not part of her job to specifically seek out their gender status.
"I don't think it's fair that a trans woman, or man, be used as a convenient marketing tool!" her message continued. And she doesn't need convenient marketing tools, either. Fenty Beauty launched just this year in September, and already has over two million followers on Instagram.
"Too often do I see companies doing this to trans and black women alike! There's always just that one spot in the campaign for the token 'we look mad diverse' girl/guy! It's sad!" Rihanna wrapped up her feelings on the subject. So, what did Otero have to say to that?
Rihanna had Otero eating his words. "When I thought she couldn't teach me more..." he Tweeted back at the response. Imagine getting a DM from Rihanna. It's no wonder that he shared the entire thing on his profile. Anything to gain some followers, right?
Rihanna spoke in an interview about how she developed such a thick skin against the things that people say. "This skin has been developing since my first day at school," she said. "It didn't happen after fame; I couldn't survive fame if I didn't already have it. So sometimes the toughest thing in life is to be vulnerable. I'm not generally a sensitive person, but I tend to be more sensitive toward others and what they're going through. I don't know if that's the healthiest thing, but it's the truth."
On her website, Rihanna leaves her fans with a message to let them know that they should feel beautiful with or without meakeup. "Makeup is there for you to have fun with,” she says. “It should never feel like pressure. It should never feel like a uniform. Feel free to take chances, and take risks, and dare to do something new or different."
We think the lesson here is pretty loud and clear: don't mess with Rihanna. We guess there's also the fact that we should respect people for their talent and their hard work, too. Otero probably learned both of those lessons after his tweet.