Rihanna: Fashion is commitment

Rihanna says wearing stilettos isn’t about pain, but commitment.


The 25-year-old singer is as known for her outrageous fashion sense as she is for her music. She loves wearing super high shoes, insisting she has taught herself to dance in them because she knows they look so good.

“It’s not about pain. It’s about the commitment. I say to myself, ‘I want to look like this,’ and worry about the pain later. I’ve had nights I had to tiptoe home and the balls of my feet wouldn’t even allow me to stand,” she told US Vogue magazine, which she has scored her third cover for.

The singer also gave some underwear tips. Unless it’s completely necessary, the Barbados-born singer forgoes a bra.

“If I’m wearing a top, I don’t wear a bra,” she said. “If I’m wearing a bra, I just wear a bra.”

Rihanna’s love of fashion has scored her many jobs. She is currently the face of Balmain and has released a line with UK retailer River Island and cosmetics company MAC.

Designers are seemingly falling over themselves to work with her, with Tom Ford explaining why he has so much time for her.

“She can throw on combinations you can’t imagine other people could possibly wear, and look great. In the fashion world she has inspired a very, very loose mix of random items,” he explained.

“There is no one else that excites me more,” Alexander Wang said. “It’s raw, it’s smart, it’s everything pop culture needs to move forward.”

Rihanna is considering starting up her own label soon, although she doesn’t have any concrete plans at the moment.

She believes her dedication to style is what sets her apart from her peers.

“It’s not all down to my voice. There’s people with way more talent than I when it comes to singing. Bigger voices. But people want to know who you are. Fashion is a clear indication, a way to express your attitude, your mood,” she said.

Last year there were reports that Rihanna was remodelling her New York City apartment, turning several of the bedrooms into closets to house her fashion collection. While she confirms she now lives in the Big Apple full time, the star insists she has actually downsized her wardrobe.

The star also opened up about her ever-changing hair, which has been bright red and blonde in the past. At the moment she’s a brunette and she has two main hair specialists she works with when she wants a new look – which is often.

One thing she is less picky about is her jewellery. She is often seen draped in gold bracelets and chains, but none of it is real.

She’s also not bothered about which sex her clothes are meant for, as she has long been a fan of male fashion.

“More than anything, I like a jacket. You can do anything with a great jacket, the bigger the better. You can have any silhouette underneath. It gives you an attitude. It makes a gown look cool,” she said. “I love baggy things. I wear men’s clothes, men’s shoes, oxfords, creepers.

“When I was 13 or 14, I didn’t want to wear what my mum wanted me to wear. I was very much a boy in my style, my demeanour. All my friends were guys. I loved things that boys did. I loved being easy with my clothes. I loved wearing hats and scarves and snapbacks on my head. It was my way of rebelling. I wanted to dress like my brother.”

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