There’s more to bad girl Rihanna than people might think

By Gina Masilotti,

At only 25 years old, singer Rihanna has had a ton of accomplishments. She’s won several awards and has had multiple singles top charts. But her Instagram is filled with pictures of the star smoking or in exotic places wearing exotic bikinis and some people don’t take her very seriously because of this. What people don’t realize is that Rihanna is actually a savvy businesswoman who - even still - is completely shocked when she wins awards.

At Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Rihanna was a no-show. On Wednesday, she went on Good Morning America and, according to MTV, told of how she was watching the award show from her home. “I was so shocked. Really!” she said on winning her award. “I was at home and one of my friends hit me and said, ‘You just won a Grammy.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ I went on the Internet, I just saw Unapologetic [won], it was quite an emotional moment, surprisingly. But I was in shock. I’m excited. It was a good feeling to still be that excited at this point in my career.”

Besides winning awards, Rihanna has recently become MAC Cosmetics’ first-ever celebrity “creative partner.” She launched three collections, all of which sold out. She has become the face of their newest collection for Viva Glam. The star has made sure all proceeds of her collections go to the MAC AIDS Fund. This fund helps people who are currently living with the disease.

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USA Today reports that John Demsey, who is chairman of the MAC AIDS Fund, says that Rihanna takes her role with the cosmetic brand quite seriously. “She’s 100 million percent involved. She conceptualized all the shades of her commercial collaborations. She conceptualized the shade of Viva Glam. She’s a force of nature.”

People may not realize this side of Rihanna because of the way media can portray her. When asked if she views herself as a role model, the star said that’s a word she doesn’t like to use. “People have their own opinion on what that means to them. I can’t really say I’m a role model. I’m not perfect. I’m not trying to sell that. I want people to have fun but be responsible, protect themselves, and be in control of your life. You can never judge people. I always made that point. You never know what someone is going through.”

Rihanna is currently working on a new album. Besides the duet with Shakira, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” the video for which was released yesterday, the singer doesn’t have much more to share on her upcoming album. “Music is what I love to do, so you will never have to worry about me not doing that. I love making it.”

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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