Ri­hanna leads a charge of celebs happy to flaunt their new shapes

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Ri­hanna and Jes­sica Simpson lead a charge of celebs happy to flaunt their new shapes.

Be­fore head­ing out to the 2017 Crop Over fes­ti­val in Bar­ba­dos on Aug. 7, Ri­hanna took to so­cial me­dia to show off her head-turn­ing look: a bra cov­ered in crys­tals, em­bel­lished G-string, leg jew­ellery and colour­ful feath­ered wings that com­ple­mented her new, bright turquoise hair. “Who ready 4 de road?” she posted, quot­ing a Bunji Gar­lin song. Hours later, the singer turned ac­tress, who re­cently wrapped a press tour for Luc Bes­son’s Va­le­rian and the City of a Thou­sand Plan­ets, went live on In­sta­gram Sto­ries, shar­ing a video of her­self and a friend danc­ing on a float, telling her 40,000 view­ers, “This is f--king le­git!” Since New York–based blog­ger Chris Spag­n­uolo made news in June when he was sus­pended from Barstool Sports af­ter com­plain­ing in an ar­ti­cle that Ri­hanna, 29, would make “be­ing fat the hot new trend,” the singer has not only taken the body bul­ly­ing in her stride, she’s thrived. Later that month she was spot­ted kiss­ing Saudi bil­lion­aire Has­san Jameel in a pool in Spain and has even poked fun at her­self. When a fan ac­count on In­sta­gram re­posted a video of her pick­ing up snacks at a con­ve­nience store, her friend who recorded the clip seemed to be sham­ing her. “Stop judg­ing her,” Ri­hanna’s friend Melissa Forde then says. Ri­hanna com­mented on the post, “Some­body called me too fat?” adding three cry­ing-laugh­ing emo­jis. Be­sides, the curves are nothing new. In a 2012 in­ter­view, the star re­vealed she was pur­posely try­ing to gain weight af­ter the in­tense train­ing she un­der­went to prepare for her role in

Bat­tle­ship. “I’m not care­ful with what I eat be­cause I’m try­ing to gain weight,” she said.

In 2013 she even coined the term “Thick­anna” af­ter a fan asked her on Twit­ter if she was gain­ing weight. “Yasss!” the con­fi­dent star replied. “#progress #op­er­a­tionthick­anna.”

On June 26, the star hit Ibiza for a hol­i­day with Jameel, whose fam­ily busi­ness is a key investor in Toy­ota.

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