BRAND NEW BODIES
Rihanna leads a charge of celebs happy to flaunt their new shapes
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.